If you are looking for heart healthy foods, check out this list of garlic and cinnamon spices and recipes that help lower blood pressure! Note that the cinnamon recipes below use Ceylon Cinnamon.
If you watched GMA3 today, you may have seen the segment where Dr. J shared that certain spices can actually help lower high blood pressure, when you eat 3 grams, or 1/2 teaspoons daily. Thankfully I love cinnamon and garlic, because that much sounds like a lot – however, it’s actually not!
I am headed to the store right this minute to grab a nice big jar of cinnamon and some fresh garlic. I cannot wait to make these yummy recipes starting pronto!
I will say a few things before we get to the list, however. One, I am not a health professional or doctor – I am simply sharing my knowledge.
And two, stay away from the salt! This does not give you free reign to indulge in garlic salt. Repeat after me: fresh garlic. That you have to mince, with your hands and a knife, that will make your fingers stinky. Yes, that kind.
Also – you’ll want to note that the type of cinnamon makes a different. I go for the Ceylon Cinnamon. This type is considered the true type of cinnamon, and is most used in fine, gourmet foods. Another type of cinnamon is Cassia which you can also get in sticks but is considered lower quality (source). You can get both in powder form. Trust me, go for Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks or you can go for the Ceylon Cinnamon Powder.
Garlic and Cinnamon Spices and Recipes That Help Lower Blood Pressure
Snickerdoodles with Ceylon Cinnamon
Here are ven more cinnamon and garlic recipes you have to try!
Heart Healthy Cinnamon Tea
2 Ceylon cinnamon sticks (find them here)
2 cups water
Combine the cinnamon sticks and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil
Lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove the sticks and pour the tea through a strainer.
Serve warm with lemon and honey.
Roasted Garlic (eat whole, or add to foods like pasta and mashed potatoes)
1 whole garlic bulb
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Slice ¼ inch off the top of the garlic bulb.
Place the garlic cut-side up on a piece of foil, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.
Wrap in foil and roast for 40 to 60 minutes or until the cloves are deeply golden brown and tender.