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January 29, 2019 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

How to Get the Most Out of Ginger – A Superstar Food

Inflammation is a key driver of most chronic diseases and the anti-inflammatory power in ginger is off-the-charts.The potent inflammation busters in ginger are called xanthines. These valuable agents are also work horses for boosting immunity and fighting viral infections.

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For optimal results, include ginger, powdered or fresh, in your diet regularly – daily is best. It really is one of the best-all-around spices for broad spectrum disease protection.

Here are the different ways I incorporate this remarkable spice:

  • Use fresh ginger root to add flavorful intrigue to your dishes.  Chop or grate it into sauces, salad dressing or right on top of your salad, poultry or seafood.
  • Snack on candied ginger or make it part of your dessert.
  • Use pickled ginger as a condiment.
  • Drink freshly brewed tea steeped along with a thumbnail piece of chopped ginger daily.
  • Dried powdered ginger is even more potent than fresh and can be used in cooking or sprinkled directly onto foods.

Here is a recipe for one of my favorite dressings that includes this superstar spice:

Ginger-Orange Dressing:

  • ½ cup peanut or canola oil
  • ¼ orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped ginger
  • Whisk ingredients in a small cup until well blended. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

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