The Health Benefits of These Common Ingredients

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At Spoon, we love creating recipes which are packed full of flavour and good for your mind and body. In our latest blog, we explore the key health benefits of cinnamon, beetroot and other common ingredients and nutrients.

Beetroot

Beetroot is another delicious and versatile ingredient which is packed full of flavour and goodness. The health benefits of beetroot are varied because it’s rich in iron, fibre, B and C vitamins. Beetroot has therefore been associated with boosting your immune system and lowering blood pressure.

Our Berry Fix muesli contains organic beetroot powder to provide you with an extra little bit of nutritional value. It also turns the milk pink!


Cinnamon

There are a number of health benefits to cinnamon which make it a great natural sweetener to include in baking and cooking. Cinnamon contains high amounts of antioxidants. It is thought that antioxidants, which are commonly found in fruit and vegetables, can help to strengthen your immune system and protect against a variety of diseases. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which may help to reduce the painful impact of various illnesses and diseases.

The health benefits of cinnamon are one of the reasons we choose to use it in our signature Cinnamon + Pecan granola (the other being how delicious it tastes). We recommend using cinnamon when you next get creative in the kitchen!

Chicory

Chicory fibre has a very low glycemic index which makes it a great natural sweetener when you want to reduce sugar. It also makes a great addition to cereal. Our The Low Sugar One granola contains chicory fibre and we love the earthy flavour, as well as its nutritional value.

There are a number of health benefits to chicory which makes it a great ingredient to incorporate into your diet. It contains high levels of inulin, which is a prebiotic that boosts digestive health. It can also help to improve the health of your liver, protecting against free radicals.

Natural Sugar

Natural sugars are great to use in baking as an alternative to refined sugar. They can be found in fruit, honey, agave and maple syrup - all of which can be used for breakfasts, snacks and more.

Since it is hard to cut sugar out of your diet completely, opting for natural sugars, instead of processed and refined sugar, can have a number of benefits.

Unlike refined sugar, natural sugars like maple syrup contain a variety of minerals, including zinc which can help to protect against cardiovascular disorders. Indeed, it is thought that honey has antibacterial properties, and both honey and maple syrup contain antioxidants which may boost your immune system.

Fibre

We know fibre is not technically an ingredient in its own: it is a complex carbohydrate that can be found in a number of different foods. Fibre is known to be highly important for digestive health and regularity. According to the NHS, it is associated with lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer.

We ensure that all of our mueslis and granolas are high in fibre so that you have the chance to experience the health benefits associated with it.


The great thing about ingredients like cinnamon, beetroot and natural sweeteners is that you can incorporate them into your daily life as part of a healthier lifestyle. The next time you’re baking, why not try incorporating these ingredients? If you use any of our granolas or mueslis to create breakfast bowls, snacks and more, make sure to send your recipes to us too. We love getting inspired!

Note: The information in this blog is about the reported health benefits of particular ingredients and has been written for educational purposes. It does not constitute medical advice and you should always seek the help of a medical professional when dealing with a specific illness.

Our Advice for Sticking with the Veganuary Mindset

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Veganuary is growing in popularity each year as more and more people test out this diet. Here at Spoon, our vegan muesli options (and our newly launched The Low Sugar One granola which is vegan too) continue to be extremely popular with both vegans and non-vegans! It’s always fun to face a new challenge and eating vegan more often can improve your health, as well as being good for the planet.

However, if you’re used to consuming meat and dairy, it can be hard to stay motivated throughout this significant diet change. Now that January is over, will you decide to eat vegan more often? We’ve put together some tips and advice for sticking with some of the habits you’ve created during Veganuary. We believe in you.

Breakfast is a great place to start

Although sometimes overlooked in Veganuary recipe ideas - breakfast is one of the simplest things to make vegan! There are so many great options you can consider for a filling and delicious breakfast including pancakes, muffins and scrambled tofu on toast. If complicated breakfasts aren’t your thing, you can always opt for a simple and tasty bowl of vegan cereal with almond milk and fresh fruit.

Make your own snacks

We are all guilty of giving in to snacking tendencies every now and again and, while there are so many great vegan snack options, the costs can add up if you keep impulse buying. Instead, why not dedicate some time over the weekend to prepare some snacks in advance? As well as being great for breakfast, our granolas and mueslis can provide the perfect base for protein bars, healthy muffins and much more.

Don’t assume it’s healthy just because it’s vegan

Although our vegan cereals are healthier, since we do not use any refined sugar, as well as being tastier and more exciting, this doesn't mean that all vegan products are automatically healthy just because they are vegan. If one of your goals for trying Veganuary is to feel healthier, make sure you do your research around the nutritional value of what you’re eating.

Cupboard essentials will help you out!

Shopping might feel overwhelming during Veganuary. What do you buy? What can you use it for? If you’re having a food crisis, just remember to turn to store cupboard essentials. A large range of vegan recipes can be made from simple staples such as tinned beans and pulses, whole grains and spices. Then all you need to add is fresh veg and you’re onto a winner. Remember - anything that you would typically use chicken or beef for can often be substituted for tofu, chickpeas or lentils.

Plan your meals in advance

This is a great tip for healthy eating in general, as well as for Veganuary. Being unprepared for your weekly meals can result in impulse buys, takeaways and unhealthy habits. Simply dedicating a bit of time to meal planning and prepping will help you to try out new and exciting recipes and give you a ready-made shopping list. It also limits food waste because you only need to buy exactly what you need.

There we go - Spoon’s advice for sticking with Veganuary. We hope you’re feeling inspired to try out some new healthy and tasty recipes. If you’ve been using one of our vegan cereals for your kitchen creations, we’d love to hear all about it - visit our Spoonie page for more info.

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