Last updated on March 20th, 2019 at 07:21 pm
Ginger is a very powerful spice when it comes to your health. Your body loves it. Your brain loves it. And your taste buds are probably fans, too.
Even if your taste buds haven’t acclimated to this superstar spice, here are a few reasons why you’ll want to get on the ginger train anyway:
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Ginger can lower blood sugar levels.
- Ginger can reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
- Ginger can prevent nausea, including with morning sickness.
- Ginger can lower cholesterol levels.
- Ginger can reduce menstrual pain.
- Ginger can contribute to treating chronic indigestion.
- Ginger can fight infections.
- Ginger can improve brain function.
- Ginger can protect against Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Ginger can fight against cancer.
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The question is, how do you get enough ginger into your diet to make some sort of difference? I wouldn’t recommend slicing off a piece of the quirky-shaped root-like spice and popping it in your mouth. But I do have some ideas that are just about as simple but significantly more tasty.
Brew some ginger tea.
Throw together this simple tea with just water, ginger, and honey. Peel and thinly slice about two inches (or two tablespoons) of ginger for every 1 ½ – 2 cups of water. Boil the ginger in the water for 10-20 minutes. Remove from the heat, and add honey to taste. Add some fresh lemon or lime juice for flavor and vitamin boost. (Source)
Add to your morning joe.
If this sounds crazy, just think gingerbread cookie and drink up. Simply add fresh or ground ginger to your cup of coffee, with a little sugar and cinnamon. A warm and cozy way to thoroughly enjoy ginger.
Mix into your smoothie.
The tanginess of ginger works well with the bitterness of greens. You can blend the ginger and greens together first before adding the rest of your smoothie ingredients. Experiment with your favorite recipes or try adding it to one or all of THESE recipes. You can also find countless recipes on the web that make ginger the star of the smoothie show.
Make a salad dressing.
It’s really simple to whip up a salad dressing. Equal parts of your favorite types of oil and vinegar with appropriate seasonings (i.e. salt, pepper, garlic) makes a quick and healthy dressing. Add that dressing to a blender with some fresh ginger and blend until it reaches your desired consistency and voila, ginger-infused salad dressing!
Mince into stir fry.
You can peel, thinly slice, and then dice, or you could grab your kitchen grater. Add it to any of your favorite recipes, but ginger gets along well with broccoli, carrots, green peppers, snow peas, cauliflower, bean sprouts, and green onions. If you’re hoping to enjoy as much of the tangy ginger flavor as possible, add it towards the end of cooking. The longer it cooks, the weaker the flavor. (Source)
We’re talking about ginger for its health benefits, so why not add it to a sinful indulgence and make it a little less sinful? You can use it for so much more than the classic gingerbread cookie, too. Think muffins, cakes, scones, bread.
If superfoods are a thing, ginger makes the list. Spruce up everything, from your morning coffee to your late night snack, with the all-powerful ginger!
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