Ginger is the unicorn of food! Not only is it a superfood with tons of health benefits but it also adds a magical taste to any dish.
Ginger is extremely helpful in treating nausea, especially morning sickness. It reduces muscle pain and soreness, helps with osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure and improves heart disease risk, aids with indigestion and menstrual pain, lowers cholesterol, improves brain function, and so much more. The benefits are truly incredible and innumerable.
With all these benefits, it seems silly that it’s not more commonly consumed! The issue is, most people don’t know how to incorporate ginger into their diet (hint, there’s much easier and tastier ways than drinking ginger tea or eating it raw).
RECIPES AND DRINKS
Here are 5 tasty and easy ways to incorporate ginger into your diet.
1. Granola has basically become its own food group in my diet. It’s perfect to pair with yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit, sprinkle on toast with peanut butter, or my personal favorite: by the spoonful! Lots of store-bought granolas can have tons of added sugar so making your own is a really great and healthier option. This recipe sneaks in some ginger for those extra health benefits!
2. Ginger is most commonly used in Asian foods and most famously served on the side of sushi. Pickled ginger may not be everyone’s cup of tea so adding it into cooked foods can allow for a subtler flavor. I love to make veggie stir-fries at the end of every week with all my leftover vegetables. Broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, and carrots are all great options. It’s so simple and easy. All you have to do is heat up some oil, sauté some minced garlic and ginger, throw in the veggies, and add some combination of sauces (soy sauce and hoisin sauce are my personal favorites). Here is a sample of a recipe if you want to get a little fancier.
3. In addition to granola, I’m also a huge muffin lover. This trait has been passed down to me from my dad who will buy any and every blueberry muffin he sees. This recipe incorporates some interesting flavors such as butternut squash, coconut, and of course ginger.
4. Often ginger is incorporated into recipes that take a significant amount of time to create. When you’re in a rush or just don’t feel like slaving over the stove for an hour, a Recoup is a great way to get the benefits of ginger. We offer a subscription service so that you don’t even have to leave your house to get advantages ginger provides. If you prefer a DIY ginger drink you can check out this recipe to make your own ginger syrup. Just be aware ginger syrup has a lot more sugar than pressed ginger juice.
5. I obviously couldn’t finish this article without mentioning gingersnap cookies. Gingersnap cookies are a classic that always seems to be forgotten when finding ways to cook with ginger. Here’s a yummy recipe to make your own homemade gingersnaps!
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Written by: Sara Tesser