Ginger is well known for it's anti-nausea, and immune-boosting properties. But is it really that easy to add to your everyday routine? Yes.
When you focus on using whole foods as a means to combat sickness, you start taking a more proactive approach to your health, rather than a reactive approach. This can mean less sick days taken throughout the year, more time focusing on what matters–like hiking, running, time in the gym–and a happy, healthier you!
Plus, trying to choose whole foods when possible, reduces your risk of dealing with adverse side effects (sometimes, the ones you're trying to get rid of).
1. Add it to smoothies
As the weather starts to cool, it's important to add warming ingredients (like ginger!) to cooler drinks and foods.
- 1/2 banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 knob fresh ginger
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup water or non-dairy milk
- Optional: 1 tsp. nut butter or 1/2 avocado
2. Turmeric and Ginger Tea
This is the perfect night-cap, especially when you're feeling a little burned-out, or under the weather. The turmeric adds an anti-inflammatory punch, and the ginger helps to boost your immune system, plus soothes your stomach for a comfortable night's sleep.
- 1 tsp. fresh grated turmeric (or ground turmeric)
- 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
- 2 twists of fresh cracked pepper
- 1 cup hot water or warmed non-dairy milk
- 1/2 tsp. coconut oil or MCT oil
- Optional: 1 tsp. maple syrup and/or 1 scoop collagen powder
- Add all ingredients to a blender
- Blend on high
- Pour, and enjoy!
3. As a base in soups and stews
Start off your regular onions, celery, carrots, etc. Add in some shredded ginger to help release flavours, and top it off with the rest of your ingredients.
4. As an anti-nausea chewable
Sometimes, the thought of sipping back a full ginger ale just doesn't cut it when all you can think about is keeping your lunch down.
Try a chewable ginger candy. These are available at most grocery stores that have a health or natural foods section.
5. In your overnight oatmeal
Ginger molasses oatmeal? Yes please! Plus, when you use Blackstrap molasses, you also increase the iron available from your morning bowl.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp. grated ginger
- 1/2 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
- 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup
- Place all ingredients in a sealable jar.
- Let sit overnight.
- You can cook it on the stove, or