4 easy recipes of Ginger- an anti inflammatory spice!







Ginger is a rhizome (underground part of the stem and not a root) and is commonly used as a spice. The ginger plant is a herb.

Ginger is very versatile meaning it may be used as a fresh herb or dried, powdered as well as in the form of an oil or juice. Ginger may be eaten between meals or dishes to clear the palate or be a part of your salad dressing or just as a mouth fresher. The oil of ginger may be used for perfume and medicine.


Here are five health benefits of Ginger

1. Just 1–1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea, including chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.


2. Ginger is well known to alleviate motion sickness, hence can use as a mouth fresher while travelling.


3. Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


4. Ginger appears to speed up the emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.

5. Ginger may help fight harmful bacteria and viruses, which could reduce your risk for infections.



One may include ginger in their diet by trying the following recipes:

1. GINGER GARLIC PASTE





Benefits: This is the popular and common way of consuming ginger as it enhances the flavour of dishes, especially the Indian curries and vegetables.

Ingredients


Ginger

Garlic

Green Chillies

Salt


Method:

  • Rinse, peel and wash Ginger well.

  • cut it into fine pieces

  • peel the garlic cloves

  • add all ingredients together in a blender or one may use a stone Sil to grind the spices to a fine paste.

  • store in a clean airtight container And use whenever required.


2. GINGER DETOX WATER







Benefits: This ginger infused water is great for those who experience bloating, water retentions , indigestion or a general feeling of heaviness and lethargy.


Ingredients


  • Water

  • Ginger

  • Lemon / orange slices

  • Cucumber slices

  • Mint leaves

  • Cinnamon powder

  • Black Salt ( optional)


Method:

  • Pour water in a big jar or Vessel

  • add all the ingredients

  • let it infused for couple of hours (2-3 hours minimum)

  • strain and store in your bottle or one may serve directly from this jar/ vessel.



3. GINGER TURMERIC SMOOTHIE







Benefits : This is an anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting smoothie that’s perfect for breakfast, post-exercise drink or a snack


Ingredients


  • 2 cups carrots

  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water

  • 1 large ripe banana (previously peeled, sliced and frozen)

  • 1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple

  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger (peeled // 1 small knob)

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 cup carrot juice ( made with 2 cups carrot and 1.5 cups filtered water )

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or low-fat milk.


Method

  • To the blender add smoothie ingredients and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Add more carrot juice or almond milk to dilute it as required.

  • Taste and adjust flavours as needed.

  • Serve this fresh and energetic smoothie.

4. GINGER SALAD DRESSING






Benefits: This sweet and tangy salad dressing is very handy for your green salads or any fresh exotic vegetable salad.


Ingredients:

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey, to taste

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • About 20 twists of freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  • In a jar or small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until fully blended. Sometimes, if your mustard is cold, it will need a few minutes to warm up before it fully incorporates.

  • Taste, and adjust if necessary—for more tartness, add another teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, or for more sweetness/balance, add another teaspoon or two of maple syrup ( I usually add one).

  • This dressing can be refrigerated for 10 days.

Conclusion.

Among all other benefits, the most important benefit of Ginger is its ability to alleviate nausea During pregnancy, motion sickness, chemotherapy or gastrointestinal conditions like IBS.


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