Thursday, April 5, 2012

Healthy Recipes Apple Chips (Cinnamon)

Apple Chips by Tea Beyond
New York Times just released a news that Google is working on wearable computing devices...This is so funny cause I just met a young man early this year, who actually created a very similar product. He can use his glasses as a monitor, which means he can view his laptop on his glasses...Very cool, huh? But I do not know if I'd like to have so many things on my head...Will you buy it?;))

I made this Apple chips few times already, but haven't had time to post the recipe. It's really easy to do and yum yum!!!


Whole wheat Matcha faces inspired by funny cat pictures;))
Stevia recipes-Whole Wheat Banana Yogurt Bread
Whole Wheat Banana Muffins 
Apple Cocoa Smoothies (sugarless, eggless, diaryless, saltless, vegan)
Whole Wheat Orange Biscuit for love (eggless, sugarless, vegan, dairyless)
Healthy Recipes-Whole Wheat Lemon Banana cake (Stevia recipe)
Stevia recipes-Pumpkin bread No.1
Banana bread (Whole Wheat, Rum and Flax, stevia recipe)
Benefits: Balance in foods, in terms of variety and volume, is the key for health. I did a quick research about cinnamon so that when you use cinnamon powder, you know how much to use. You may find similar info from other websites. Just a quick glance about Cinnamon. The info below may not be the most accurate one, but give people some idea.....
Apple chips by Tea Beyond

Cinnamon:  (via healthdiaries.com)
Pros
  • Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol. (but I wont eat 1/2 tsp of cinnamon just because of it. I will eat foods with lower cholesterol instead)
  • Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
  • In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
  • When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  • One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  • Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  • It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Cons

  • Skin Irritation The essential oil of cinnamon must never be applied directly to the skin. Small amounts of the diluted oil can be used for refreshment and to fight infection but the oil alone can quickly cause severe burning and irritation to exposed skin. Allergies are rare but sometimes manifest as sores.
  • Stomach Irritation-Those with any prior condition of the digestive system such as an ulcer or irritable bowel syndrome should be careful when eating cinnamon. Large amounts (more than 1/2 a teaspoon) may cause the lining of the stomach to become irritated.
  • Increased Heart Rate-Large amounts of cinnamon have been reported to increase heart rate which could be dangerous for those with a heart condition. Increased heart rate is also linked to cinnamon oil poisoning in children.
  • Uterine Contractions-Some traditional medicine practitioners will give a mother cinnamon in order to induce or normalize contractions. Therefore, pregnant women may want to avoid cinnamon. 
  • Blood Thinning Cinnamon may have anti-clotting properties and may cause over thinning of the blood if you are taking blood thinners. Large doses of cinnamon should also not be used before surgery, during heavy menstruation, or in any situation where a lot of bleeding may occur.
  • Kidney and Liver Problems-There is anecdotal evidence suggesting that people with kidney or liver problems or people who are taking drugs that are processed in the liver may want to avoid taking high doses of cinnamon due to its coumarin content. Coumarin levels are higher in cassia than in true cinnamon, but cinnamon does contain compounds that are known to be toxic to the kidneys at high doses.
  • Blood Sugar-People taking medication to regulate blood sugar should be careful when taking cinnamon, as it also has a powerful effect on blood sugar and the two in combination may lower blood sugar too much.
  • Antibiotics-Cinnamon is a powerful antibiotic, but check with your doctor before taking cinnamon if you are taking prescription antibiotics, because it may change the way prescription antibiotics act on the body.

Tea pairing-Green tea!!!

Ingredients:
2 medium apples
1 cup green tea (medium strength)
2 oz lime juice
2 oz honey
cinnamon powder

1. Preheat oven to 275F degree
2.Make Apple slices. I love apple skin...When I was young, Apple skin was the only part I ate;)) The skin has the most aroma and taste. Also gives great color to any dishes.
3. Mix the green tea, lime juice and honey together in a medium bowl. Add the sliced Apple in the liquid mixture for about 3-5 minutes to completely let all pieces soaked in the juice mixture.
4. Transfer all slices to a baking tray lined with wax paper. Dust with cinnamon powder. Bake for about 1 hour or until apple slices lose most of moisture. 

Apple Chips by Tea Beyond
































My nose can sense the aroma by just looking at the pictures!!!! It smells soo good when baking it!!! Try it! Great snack food!!

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