Ginger is in fact a flowering plant, the ginger root or also known as rhizome is what is used for a spice and in herbal medicine. Here are 5 health benefits for ginger root.
1 - The research has been shown that ginger root has hundreds of compounds that can help with health and healing. Some of them are known to help with digestion by helping to make saliva and bile production as well as it seems to help with making some digestive enzymes.
2 - Nausea and motion sickness. Chewing on raw ginger or drinking tea has been shown to help manage the nausea but unfortunately doesn’t stop vomiting.
3 – Keeping warm to help with cold relief. Drinking tea in general can help keep you warm, but by making ginger tea it can help promote sweating and warming from within. Here’s a lovely ginger tea recipe: Grate about 1 tsp of ginger root into a cup of boiled water. Squeeze some lemon and drizzle some honey and you’ll have a perfect cup of tea.
4 – Inflammation. Ginger root has been used for centuries for many different reasons. Reducing inflammation has been one of its possible benefits.
When buying ginger root, look for roots that feel firm because if they “give” when pressed, they are most likely old and dehydrated. A good tip for storing ginger root, you can store in the fridge, but I like to place in the freezer and it makes for easy grating!
How do you like to use ginger root?
Did you know that it’s actually a seed, not a grain, even though it’s considered an “ancient grain”? Like quinoa, it’s the seed from the plant, Amaranthus to be more specific. This seed has been around for centuries but not many people know about it. It has a nutty flavour and it is also gluten free! Hurray J Amaranth is actually quite high in protein too, for about 1 cup raw it will offer 26 grams of protein! Which is about equal to the amount of protein to 3.5 ounces of salmon. The seed is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and an excellent source of iron! Not to mention, an excellent course of fibre to boot!
But what can do with it? How do I cook it? There are two options for cooking. Basically, you can cook it like you would rice or quinoa. But you can also pop it like popcorn! It would be a great addition to topping salads or side dishes. While cooking it the old fashioned way, amaranth can be a side dish warm or cold, make it into a salad or even for a great breakfast as a porridge instead of using oats. Yum! You could also mix it with other grains or seeds to make a pilaf. I personally enjoy it as a side dish or mixed with vegetables as a cold salad.
How do you like to prepare amaranth?
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