Like most Americans, I started off my ginger adventure with good ole Ginger Ale. I have always loved it. My mom would give it to me when I had tummy aches. Then I tried sushi for the first time. This sweet, tangy addition to my California roll was magical at 9 years old. I was lucky enough to be raised by an amazing home chef so sushi was not uncommon growing up. I loved going to the sushi bars and talking to the always animated sushi chefs. It was at one of these that I was told that pickled ginger is served with sushi to help with digestion. Wow! That is a neat concept. This yummy, exotic root helps your body digest your food.
As years went by, I started having unknown trouble with food. I would eat and be in extreme pain after and did not know what was going on. At this time in my life I was also exploring how to eat healthy and lose weight. After 6 years of having my lovely daughter, I had not dropped that pesky extra 15 lbs. Keep in mind that I am only 5 feet tall so 15 lbs definitely put me in the overweight category. All of this plus a nutrition course, lead me to the amazing benefits of adding ginger to my diet. I started drinking diet ginger ale every day and started adding it to my stir fry meals. Suddenly I could eat without hours of pain after! It was quite exciting.
So, what about ginger gives it its power? On the scientific side, ginger contains a compound called Gingerol that has shown to not only aid in digestion but also it is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant. It is even being studied to assist with preventing and treating cancer!
One of my favorite parts of ginger is that no matter what form it is in, whether it is consumed fresh or in powder form, you can still obtain the same benefits. Keep in mind that the amount of gingerol can vary greatly. Mother Nature did not distribute it evenly in every serving. In the light of this, I say just consume it as often as possible then. I know that ginger can be a strong flavor so there are ways to sneak it in if the flavor is not your favorite. I have not met an Asian dish that ginger did not fit in even if the recipe did not call for it. It mixes with soy so well and acts like a sweetener and the spiciness fits right in if you like a little kick. All the stir fry recipes that I have created myself contain this amazing root spice.
In my next post I will share the very first recipe my very picky eater ate that contained cabbage, kale, carrots, mushrooms, onions, snow peas, and broccoli and she ate very bite! It is quick, easy, and cheap. Three things this single momma is a big fan of. Stay tuned and please subscribe below to get my blog straight to your inbox as well as exclusive offers, bonus content, and more delicious recipes!
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