Meet Super Healthy Ginger
Who loves ginger? (this girl raises hand…)
Seriously, I really do love it. It has such a fresh, pungent and spicy flavor!
I use it all over in my cooking:
- Slice thinly to flavor tea or water
- Mince to include in soups, sauces, marinades and curries
- Grate and sprinkle over a stir fry or noodle bowl
- Try it now in our carrot ginger soup recipe! (recipe below!)
It’s commonly used in Asian and Indian cuisine, but can expand to so many different dishes! Fresh ginger root can be found in your local produce section. The dried or powdered forms are usually located in the spice section. And even teas, lozenges and cookies often contain ginger! (Ginger cookies – Yum!) I would try to avoid the candied versions as they have loads of added sugar.
Ginger – the medicinal root
Did you know that ginger has been used widely for medicinal purposes for thousands of years?
Ginger contains a substance called gingerol. This stuff is pretty amazing—it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Gingerol may even have a protective effect against cancer!
The list of ginger’s health benefits is lengthy—and this isn’t even everything!
- Aids with digestion
- Suppresses symptoms of nausea
- Acts as a cold remedy – a flu season must!
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Helps lower cholesterol
Ginger has a long history of treating nausea! Both sailors and pregnant women used/use ginger to treat sea sickness or morning sickness, respectively.
This glorious root has been studied pretty extensively, mainly as a substance that can neutralize free-radicals and reduce inflammation. Because of ginger’s anti-inflammatory characteristics, studies also suggest it can aid in reducing pain, especially arthritis pain!
Initial studies also indicate a potential benefit for people with diabetes. These studies suggest that ginger can help lower blood sugar levels. But more research is still needed to confirm these findings. And remember, no one food item is a miracle food that will cure all ailments. We still have to think about our overall eating habits.
Use ginger in a variety of ways at home to gain all the wonderful health benefits! Try our carrot ginger soup for a great starting point!Print
Spicy, warm and comforting. This carrot ginger soup is packed with wholesome veggies and flavorful spices. Perfect for a cozy meal!
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
- 5 cups carrots (8 medium), washed, roughly chopped (no need to peel them)
- 1 medium potato, washed, diced (leave the skin on!)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on your desired level of spice
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups broth (vegetable or chicken broth)
- 1 (13.6 oz.) can coconut milk
- garnish with mint leaves, pepitas and a sprinkle of lemon juice
- Heat large pot or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add coconut oil, once hot, add onions and cook for about 10 minutes or until translucent. Then add garlic and ginger, sauté for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
- Add potato, carrots and spices. Cover and cook for about 40-45 minutes or until potato and carrots are soft.
- Add broth and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and puree. You can puree with an immersion blender or use a blender to carefully blend it in batches. Be sure not to overfill the blender and make sure to hold the lid down tight with a towel! Return to pot after pureeing.
- Return to heat and add coconut milk, stirring to combine, just until the soup is thoroughly heated. Adjust seasons as desired.
- Garnish with mint leaves, pepitas and a sprinkle of lemon juice.
- Enjoy! We like it with a slice of fresh bread!
I like to make a big batch of this over the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week! Or freeze it for a later date! Just thaw and heat for a quick meal!
Also check out these other yummy recipes with ginger!
What are your favorite ginger recipes? Let us know by commenting!