There are some ingredients that are just a little scary; or you’ve never needed for a recipe so you’ve avoided and by default it is intimidating. Ginger was one of those ingredients for me. If a recipe ever did call for it, I just left it out. It wasn’t that much anyway so I figured it wasn’t really vital to the end dish. Thankfully, I discovered the error of my ways after finally buying some for a Thrive recipe last summer. I don’t usually use the entire amount called for because my palate isn’t up for all the spiciness. But it is so so good, especially in a cool, refreshing smoothie after a hard run.
Ginger is a nubby, root-looking herb that is commonly used as a spice in cooking and in medicinal remedies. It is used to treat inflammation, nausea, and dizziness which is why it is favored by runners. It’s also why your mom gave you ginger ale when you had the flu growing up. Studies have also shown it to be effective in aiding in treatment of asthma, migraines, and high blood pressure. Ginger can interfere with some medications, so check with your doctor before you start adding it to your diet.
Ginger is full of vitamins and minerals with a low caloric value, so use as much as you would like to spice up your next recipe!