It is well accepted that the health of your gut can affect the overall health of your body, including your brain. The microbes (bacteria and other micro-organisms) in your digestive system exist in a delicate balance.
By eating a diverse range of foods, including fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains and fermented foods, we can help our gut maintain the right amount of ‘good’ bacteria. Certain spices can also provide benefits for our gut health.
Cinnamon contains antioxidants that can potentially slow down the production of free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to your cells. This may reduce the risk of certain illnesses. Cinnamon may also lower your blood sugar levels by slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates in your intestines, and maintaining a better balance of nutrients within your gut. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory effects.
Ginger can help settle an upset stomach, which is why it’s often used to combat nausea. Many people also find it works to ease painful indigestion when consumed with a meal or as a tea.
We found this delicious recipe which just happens to combine these two spices :)
Ginger and Cinnamon Biscuits
With the festive season upon us, here is a recipe by Julia Pinney using two of the spices listed above. Perfect to share with friends and family. Moreish biscuits with a chewy centre!
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- extra sugar for rolling the cookies
- Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a tray with paper and set aside.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix the butter and both sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 min. Beat in the egg until just combined.
- Stir in the flour mixture until combined and a dough forms. About a minute.
- Form into one inch balls, roll in sugar and place about 2 inches apart on a baking tray.
- Gently flatten each ball with your fingers.
- Place the unbaked cookies in the fridge for about 30 min.
- Bake for 10 – 12 min. or until slightly golden and crispy the edges and soft in the middle.
- Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Cookies will set as they cool.
Disclaimer – This article is for general information and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Always consult a registered health professional regarding any health-related diagnosis or treatment options.