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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Household treasures: Ginger, The Mighty Herb that holds secrets to health

Ginger is a popular spice especially in the subcontinent used in teas, herbal medicines and as an ingredient to many more medicines. The new organic ginger herb syrup as a creative alternative to pancake syrup.

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While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it can sometimes get a little repetitive and boring. Unless you have ginger.

This versatile superfood hosts a bevy of health benefits, from treating nausea to reducing muscle pain. But what makes it really super? It’s easier to rely on than any other superfood and can be easily added to any meal of the day.

Benefits of Ginger
  • Ginger is a popular spice. It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • It is highly effective against nausea, hence can help with seasickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness.
  • Effectively reduces exercise-induced muscle pain day by day
  • It has powerful anti-diabetic properties.
  • Ginger Can Help Treat Chronic Indigestion
  • Ginger Powder May Significantly Reduce Menstrual Pain
  • Ginger May Lower Cholesterol Levels
  • Ginger Can Help Fight Infections

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Whether you want to hide the spicy kick with creamy butter or let it fire up your senses first thing as you drink your coffee, ginger can bring both amazing and unique flavors to your morning. Here are eight ways to reap the health benefits of herb ginger in your breakfast.

Spice up your Morning Cup of Coffee

Coffee and ginger create one powerful free radical-fighting duo, especially since coffee is one of the world’s biggest sources of antioxidants. To get your morning superfood pick-me-up, simply add ground ginger to your java (up to 1 teaspoon per cup), or try making the Yemeni drink qishr. This traditional Middle Eastern ginger herb coffee isn’t only spicy and delicious, it can also aid in digestion.


Ginger Tea for your Daily Dose of Vitamin C

Ginger tea is a popular beverage for warming up chilly winters. Not only is it warm and comforting, but it may also help calm an upset stomach. A cup of this spicy tea in the morning would be particularly helpful in relieving nausea, motion sickness, or pregnancy-induced morning sickness.

You can easily make your own ginger tea at home by grating ginger root and letting it seep in boiling water for 10 minutes. Add sugar to taste. Or, find ginger tea in stores.

Spread a Dash of Ginger Jam on your Biscuits

Pantries are often stocked with fruit jams, but ever try ginger jam? It may not be the healthiest, but it certainly is a healthier option. Whether you’re buying it or making your own (using this fantastically easy recipe by Wendolonia), a smear of ginger herb jam is delicious on toast or biscuits.

A bowl of crunchy, fiber-rich granola is always an easy breakfast choice. But adding fragrant, spicy ginger granola to the mix would make it even better!

For anyone craving a comforting bite of classic PB&J, try a unique variation of peanut butter and ginger jam.

Pro tip: For people on a low-sugar fix, you can also mince ginger and fold it into your butter. This just may become your new favorite thing, especially if you’re into bulletproof, or butter, coffee.

Replace your Maple Syrup with a Zestier Option

The company The Ginger People created their organic ginger herb syrup as a creative alternative to pancake syrup. With only two ingredients, this tasty syrup is delicious when used in beverages, baked goods, oatmeal, pancakes, and waffles.

You can also easily make your own ginger syrup at home by gently boiling the ingredients for 30 minutes and straining the mixture through a sieve or strainer for a smoother texture.

Ginger Syrup Recipe
  • 1/4 pound peeled and thinly sliced ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
Try an Anti-inflammatory Granola Bowl

A bowl of crunchy, fiber-rich granola is always an easy breakfast choice. But adding fragrant, spicy ginger granola to the mix would make it even better!

Grate 1 inch of ginger and mix it with honey or melted coconut oil, then drizzle it over your breakfast bowl. For a super dose of nutrition, try this superfood granola that’s packed with 11 superfoods (including ginger, of course).

Adding ginger to your morning breakfast bowl provides some serious anti-inflammatory benefits, especially for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Add Ginger Juice to your Smoothies!

For a spin on this morning beverage, try a gut-awakening ginger herb juice. Ginger juice is great in a variety of things, like stir-fries and salad dressings. It includes a myriad of health benefits, from boosting the metabolism to naturally fighting bacteria. It’s also particularly good for treating pain, menstrual cramps, and exercise-induced soreness.

If ginger juice is too strong on its own for you, go ahead and add some to your morning smoothie or post-workout protein shake.

Get a Boost of Energy with some on-the-go Superfood

Low on time? You can still reap the benefits of ginger on the go. Grab healthy, gluten-free turmeric and ginger Lärabar or meal prep some ginger energy bites, like these delicious dough balls Well Plated calls her “saving grace.” These treats make for a healthy breakfast if you’re rushing out the door.

Read more: Household treasures: Cinnamon, blood sugar and diabetes

Fold them into your Breakfast Pastries

Sure, ginger is used in popular baked goods — there’s gingerbread, ginger snaps, ginger-spiced cakes and pies. But you can rely on ginger to amp up breakfast pastries, too.

Try these lemon ginger pre-workout breakfast cookies by Vega for some seriously sustained energy. For people who exercise in the morning, they’re filled with healthy fats and protein to improve your performance.

With all of herb ginger’s incredible health benefits and low-effort methods to make any breakfast fit for royalty, it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t want to include it in the most important meal of the day. Which ways are you looking forward to incorporating ginger into your morning routine?