I don't know about you, but even here on the central coast of California, the weather is turning. It makes me want to post up with a good book, a large chai tea, and some earthy oatmeal or soup! Every morning I get up and have been brewing myself a cup of black tea and adding in 1/2 a teaspoon of my pumpkin pie spice blend. I love also adding the blend to my green smoothies with banana and peanut butter, or top off my oatmeal, or spice up my whole wheat pancakes. Sometimes I'll even throw a dash in a good ole' cup of Joe. You don't need to go out and purchase a spice blend, you can make it out of the spices you already have in your home.
Cinnamon has beneficial effects on blood sugar regulation. Cinnamon and Ginger are also spices shown to give your metabolism a good boost!
So in honor of Fall, here is a simple Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend. You can mix it in a ziplock bag and keep in the kitchen anytime you want to zing up a dish with the flavor of warm spices.
2 T cinnamon
2 T ground ginger
2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
Measure into a ziplock bag or small container and mix together. Store in a cool, dry place.
Caitlin Johnson is a dietitian, wife, lover of ice cream, chef wannabe, California-girl, Christian, liver eating, "food-avore."
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