I used to see ginger at the grocery store and wonder who would buy it and what exactly they would do with it. Now that I know the benefits, and how easy it is to incorporate into my daily life, I include it on my shopping list weekly.
Ginger has long been regarded in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for many different conditions. It can be used medicinally, as a delicacy, and as a hot, fragrant cooking spice.
There are many ways to consume ginger, but my favorite is as a juice. You can also make ginger tea, which can help reduce inflammation and ward off colds, all while aiding digestion.
Here are two of my favorite ginger recipes to try out if you're new to this crazy-looking root!
Simple Ginger Juice
- 1-2 red or green apples
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 carrots
- 1 cucumber
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 lime
- 1 inch of ginger, peeled
Put all ingredients in a juicer and enjoy!
- 4 or 5 thin slices of ginger, peeled or just cut off the outer layer
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. raw, local honey
- Juice from ½ lime
Bring water to a full boil, then add the ginger and turn the heat down to a simmer to avoid burning. You can simmer longer if you want a stronger tea. After 10 minutes, pour the liquid in a mug and add honey and lime. This tea tastes amazing and is so simple to make!
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