Summer is around the corner – in Europe at least. And my friends in Australia are slowly transitioning into winter time.
And whilst I am now looking forward to the smells of blossoms, summer thunderstorms and fresh fruit – I am actually wondering what my favorite winter odors are.
Like many of us, I associate cinnamon with Christmas, but have you ever asked yourself why?
A study – conducted by PubMed.gov – actually proved that, at least for the participants, that cinnamon is the most Christmas-y smell in the world, whereas subjects reported that rose odor was more related to summertime. As a contrary the smell of orange, cinnamon, and cloves were more associated with Christmas season with cinnamon being most intimately connected to this time of the year. Moreover, subjects showed significantly higher familiarity and pleasantness ratings when they smelled cinnamon during the Christmas season than during summertime. Taken together, this study demonstrated that attributes of some odors change throughout the year.
Luckily our taste buds are a little bit more versatile and a lot of summer recipes actually scream for cinnamon – especially as the spice also has tremendous benefits for our waistline:
- It is proved to slow down the emptying of your stomach, mostly to reduce the blood sugar spikes. And if you feel fuller, then chances are you will eat less.
- It apparently also helps digest your food properly. That means that more nutrients can be extracted from a given amount of food and you don’t have to eat excessively to do so.
- Cinnamon is a powerful anti bacterial that could help get rid of bad bacteria in your stomach – perfect for a flat stomach. Also Candida overgrowth can be treated and controlled with the delicious spice.
I have a lovely recipe, perfect as a dessert – snack or even as a sweet breakfast option to enjoy it all year around.
Low-Carb Cinnamon Bun Rolls
- 4 egg whites
- 1.5 scoope of (paleo) vanilla protein powder, for example the Vega Protein Smoothie in Viva Vanilla
- 100ml unsweetned almond milk
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons of greek yoghurt
- Coconut oil
- Mix the egg white, 1 scoop of protein powder, almond milk and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to create a smooth batter.
- Melt some coconut oil in a preheated pan or pancake griddle (I like this one a lot) and bake one or two large pancakes, do not flip it though – it will bake through on low heat, especially when covered.
- Take of the crepe to cool for 5 minutes and mix your yoghurt, remaining protein and cinnamon to create the glaze.
- Spoon the glaze onto the cooled pancake and roll it up carefully – then slice into little pieces to create a “cinnabon” look.
- Top with more cinnamon and enjoy.
So, as we are now covered with a cinnamon treat all year round – my question still goes out to everyone in the Southern hemisphere – what’s your favorite Christmas smell? As your holidays are always during the summertime …