Ginger root is sweet & spicy and is associated with oriental and Indian dishes. In many cultures, it is used as a digestive aid and to settle an upset stomach. Ginger can be helpful for nausea associated with travel. Fresh ginger can be chopped or squeezed and added to hot water for a refreshing tea.
Ginger is thought to aid with weight loss as it seems to naturally boost metabolism. Researchers at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health in Aberdeen, Scotland, have conducted a trial investigating the effects of ginger on body weight. In the study, mice were given a specially designed diet that mimics the high fat content of a typical “Western” diet. Mice that received ginger supplements during the course of the study were found to be less likely to gain weight.
Here is a smoothie recipe using fresh ginger adapted from Martha Stewart:
Pineapple Ginger Smoothie Recipe
1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt (I prefer coconut milk or milk Kefir, see 10/18/13 post)
1 cup pineapple juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1-2 drops YL cinnamon bark essential oil
1/2 cup ice (if using fresh pineapple)
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy!
What's your favorite way to use ginger?