Your grandmother might be on something when she advises you to drink ginger tea at the first sign of a cold. While the ancient root has long been touted as a panacea for sick days in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, the general health benefits of ginger are very broad, according to Karen Ansel, R.D.N. and author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging: Stay Young Longer . Moreover, if you feel good inside, you will inevitably look fierce on the outside.
One word for the wise: "Having a few tablespoons of fresh or powdered ginger a day, that's fine," says Christy Brissette, RD, and president of 80 Twenty Nutrition. "If you want to take more, talk to your doctor, because ginger can interfere with certain medications."
Because of its versatility (and, frankly, its intimidating bark-like appearance). tree), to know where to start when you attach a ginger root. Before blindly capturing all the super-roots of the farmer's market, be sure to choose the right part. Ansel says to make sure your fresh ginger is smooth with a spotless, not dry skin. You can keep it unpeeled in your refrigerator wrapped in plastic for three weeks, or in your freezer for six months. Because of its strong pepper taste and aroma, chop it finely before launching it into the recipes. Peel thoroughly so that its thick, rough skin makes no surprise appearance in your kitchen.
For a bit of morning peppers in your step, add half a teaspoon of fresh ginger to a smoothie. Brissette also swears by the combination of crushed ginger and pear. Or, mix in a fruit salad. For ginger tea, dip a tablespoon of chopped ginger into boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes. For an easy side dish, Ansel recommends skipping garlic and sautéing it with spinach and kale (your significant other will thank you for that). Whisk a teaspoon of chopped ginger with a quarter cup of fresh orange juice, two tablespoons of canola oil, and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard for a sweet and spicy vinaigrette. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this spice.
Now that your pantry is full of things (go ahead, here are some other health and beauty benefits of ginger: