8 Incredibly Delightful Ways To Use Fresh Ginger
Ginger brings a delightful zest to many a favourite meal, but it’s zing isn’t limited to the kitchen only.
Read on to discover 8 uses for fresh ginger, including one that will surprise as well as delight you.
1. Make an anti-oxidant smoothie
Add 1 cup of strawberries, 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 2 teaspoons of sweet honey and 1 cup almond milk into a blender and puree until smooth.
This delicious pink drink tastes as good as it looks and makes a nutritious breakfast or post yoga snack.
2. Juice it
Ginger is a well-known anti-nausea remedy (and bonus breath freshener) that helps settle an upset stomach.
To get through morning sickness, sea sickness, or post-surgery nausea, place several slices of peeled and grated ginger into a cheesecloth and squeeze over a bowl until no more juice comes out. A garlic press will do the same trick.
3. Mix a salad dressing
Spice up your favourite salad by adding 2 tablespoons of peeled and minced ginger to your usual ½ cup extra virgin olive oil and ¼ cup balsamic vinegar.
Add in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, mix together and serve over fresh greens. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed.
3. Embellish homemade soup
Warm up on a cold winter’s night by sneaking ginger into your Nana’s pumpkin soup recipe, or try your hand at Jamie Oliver’s vitamin-rich, vegan-friendly version.
4. Curl up with a hot toddy
If you find yourself fighting sniffles this winter, slice 2-3 cm of fresh ginger, and ¼ lemon, into pieces, and place them in an insulated cup full of hot water.
Steep for 6-7 minutes, strain the lemon and ginger from the water, stir in the honey, and garnish with a slice of lemon. Your immune system will thank you for it.
6. Lively up your stir fry
Along with a rainbow of peppers, broccoli, kale, and spinach, adding finely sliced or grated ginger brings colour to a plateful of zucchini and mushrooms, and cooking ginger with garlic and carrot helps to enhance the unique fragrance and flavors released from its natural oils.
7. Create golden milk
Create a caffeine-free golden milk latte by combining the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger and turmeric with almond milk and a few extra flavours.
To get started, peel and slice 3 cm of fresh turmeric and 2 cm fresh ginger. Blitz in a blender with 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 ½ cups almond milk, ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, then heat up in a small pot, pour into mugs, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
8. Take a detox bath
Detox from infections, soothe aching muscles and soak your worries away with a ginger bath. Simply run a bath, add a ½ cup of freshly grated ginger, and settle in for 15-20 minutes of detoxifying bliss.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of ginger come from its main bioactive compound, gingerol. These 8 ways will have you enjoying gingers therapeutic properties and delighting your senses at the same time.