Cultures around the globe celebrate the powerful health benefits of ginger in their many cuisines. Ginger is packed with antioxidants that help fight cancer, but that’s just the beginning.
It contains anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with arthritis, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, high cholesterol, and many more health issues. In fact, inflammation is the root of many diseases, according to Michelle Knight, lead wellness coach and program coordinator for Methodist Health System.
Thankfully, you don’t have to travel far to reap the benefits of this wonder root. Incorporating ginger into your diet can be simple and fun with these three standout ginger recipes that are easy to make at home. Plus, they pack a more healthful punch than the gingerbread cookies and ginger ale found on at the grocery store.
Top o’ the morning to you
Toast good health at the start of each day with this Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Drink from the Harvest Kitchen.
This easy-to-make beverage infuses a typical ginger tea with added superfood ingredients like lemon for extra flavonoids and potassium, turmeric which provides an additional layer of cancer-fighting properties, lowers bad cholesterol, and protects against Alzheimer’s disease, plus black or cayenne pepper which aid in digestion and have natural pain-relieving compounds. Black pepper even works synergistically with turmeric to enhance its beneficial qualities. You can sip this drink either hot or cold. With a touch of honey for sweetness, it’s a satisfying way to start your day.
A stir fry for any season
Whether it’s actually summertime, just feels unseasonably toasty in the Metroplex, or winter is right around the corner, this Garlic Ginger Summer Stir Fry from Cook Nourish Bliss has hearty and satisfying ingredients that make it a perfect year-round go-to dinner.
This sumptuous stir fry is also great because it is perfectly customizable with your choice of low-fat plant-based proteins, chicken, or beef, plus any number of flavonoid-rich vegetables can be substituted to your liking. Additionally, the ginger sauce is spiked with garlic, which has amazing antimicrobial and cancer-fighting properties, along with antioxidant-rich honey or mineral-packed maple syrup as a sweetener instead of the inflammation-promoting table sugar that’s used in many recipes.
Not your grandma’s gingerbread cookies
For a delectable dessert that sends traditional gingerbread cookies into a health-conscious stratosphere, look no further than the Healthy No Bake Gingerbread Cookie Bars from The Big Man’s World.