Cinnamon Recipes For The Winter


2 cups crispy almonds (or walnuts, pecans, etc.—see Nourishing Traditions for details)
1 egg white, preferably from pastured hen
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon green stevia powder (not extract)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Whisk egg white until frothy but not stiff. Blend in the oil. Add almonds and stir until well coated. Sprinkle on the cinnamon and stevia powder and mix well again. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until golden, stirring every 20 minutes to ensure even cooking.
Note, the nuts will become crisper as they cool. Store in an airtight container. For variation, try other nuts (pecans, walnuts, brazil nuts) and play around with different spices (add a dash of cayenne or nutmeg or replace the cinnamon with turmeric and ginger), but bear in mind that cooking times may vary a bit.

Cinnamon Apple Chips 
4 Granny Smith apples
2 lemons, juiced
Sprinkle as much cinnamon as you would like

Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Carefully slice the apples into 1/8-inch pieces, keeping the cores intact but removing any seeds of the apples using the tip of a knife. Immediately dip both sides of the apple slices in the lemon juice, then transfer to the baking sheets. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon.
Bake until apples are completely dehydrated and crunchy, flipping every hour. This can take 3-4 hours, depending on how thick the apples are cut.

Baked Cinnamon Banana Chips
4 medium ripe bananas (or 3 large)
3 tablespoons orange juice (or juice from 1 large lemon)
Cinnamon on top

Preheat oven to 200°F (warm setting). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
Peel the bananas and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Dip each slice into the orange juice and place on the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 3 to 4 hours, or until your chips are dry and slightly brown, making sure to flip your chips halfway through.
Remove from the oven, and once cool, chips can be stored in an airtight container.

Grain Free Pear Crisp

6 cups peeled and chopped pears 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 TBS honey
2 tsp arrowroot powder
1⁄4 tsp powdered ginger 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp allspice

1 cup nuts (cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, almond, pecan, or walnut), preferably soaked and dehydrated 1 cup almond flour
1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
2 TBS honey
1⁄4 cup shredded coconut
1⁄4 cup coconut oil, cold and hard from the fridge

1. Preheat oven to 350’F
2. Combine chopped pears with lemon juice, honey, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and arrowroot powder. Mix to
evenly coat. Pour mixture into baking dish.
3. In food processor, pulse nuts, almond flour, cinnamon, and honey until nuts are broken down into tiny pieces.
4. Add COLD coconut oil and shredded coconut. Pulse until mixture forms a nice crumbly texture.
5. Spread crumble evenly over pears and bake, covered with foil, for 15 minutes. Then remove foil and bake
another 20-25 minutes until crumble is starting to brown.
6. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Delicious on it’s own but even better with whipped coconut cream.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Acupuncture

1. Acupuncture Doesn’t Hurt

When people think of needles, they usually imagine hypodermic needles used for vaccinations. However, unlike hypodermic needles, which are thicker and hollow, acupuncture needles are hair thin. So, generally speaking, the needle insertion is almost painless!

Some people may feel nothing as certain points are activated with needles. Some may feel a slight pitch when the needle first goes into the body but soon experience muscular and emotional relaxation as the needles ‘settle’ into the body.

By the end of your treatment, you probably won’t even notice the needles as you allow time for them to work their magic. Many of our patients leave our treatment rooms in a relaxed state of comfort.

2. Acupuncture is NOT like Hellraiser

…Or other movies. Sometimes, all it takes is 5 strategically placed needles to help you get better. Acupuncture is all about creating relationships and connections between the various points in your body, so a good acupuncturist can effectively use their needles to treat your condition, without making you look like this guy.

3. Acupuncture has (at least) a 2000-year history of healing

The history of acupuncture is long, rich, and mysterious. Archeologists have discovered stone knifes and bamboo needles in modern-day China that are believed to be used for medical procedure during the New Stone Age (10,000 – 4,000 years ago).

Although there is a lot of debate surrounding when exactly acupuncture began in China, most medical historians can agree that the seminal acupuncture text, the Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine) was written around 300 B.C. This was the first text that clearly recorded descriptions of the meridians, vital acupuncture points, and needling techniques.

4. Acupuncture works best when used consistently

As with any important pursuit in life, health and wellbeing require a clear path towards success and a willingness to follow that path. In China, some people get treatments everyday to achieve their health goals in a matter of months or even weeks. However, in the United States, because we have a culture that prioritizes work over health, many people’s schedules don’t allow them to commit to daily acupuncture treatments.

This only means that reaching your goals may take a little longer, which is why we recommend weekly treatments if your schedule allows.

5. It’s backed by the World Health Organization and National Institute of Health

This is for anyone who thinks that acupuncture is a pseudoscience; we’re backed by the World Health Organization! The World Health Organization or WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Geneva, Switzerland that is concerned with international public health.

In 1979, the World Health Organization conducted a symposium on acupuncture in Beijing, China and created a list of 43 diseases and conditions that benefit from acupuncture. Almost 20 years later in 1997, the National Institute of Health published a follow up study on the efficacy of acupuncture in treating symptoms associated with chemotherapy and surgery.

The list of conditions that has been empirically shown to treat is impressive:

  • acute and chronic gastritis
  • acute epigastralgia
  • acute bacillary dysentery
  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • biliary colic
  • correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
  • dental pain
  • depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • essential hypertension
  • facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • headache
  • induction of labor
  • knee pain
  • leucopenia
  • low back pain
  • morning sickness
  • neck pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • peptic ulcer
  • periarthritis of the shoulder
  • postoperative pain
  • primary dysmenorrhea
  • primary hypotension
  • renal colic
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • sciatica
  • sprains
  • stroke
  • tennis elbow
  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you in the office for a treatment!