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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ginger 101 (no, not of the Lindsay Lohan variety)

As I've mentioned previously, and as anyone who has known me for more than a week or so can attest to, I adore ginger.

And, you should too. Not only is it tasty, but health benefits abound.

Most people know that ginger is the go-to natural ingredient for upset tummies of any variety. This includes morning sickness, stomach virus aches and pains, and most apropos for the current season's encouragement of overeating and rich food/drink embibing.

What you may not know is that it also serves to diminish ovarian cancer cells, stave off colon cancer, reduce inflammation, and provide both migraine and PMS relief.

Don't you love it even more?

In it's natural state - yum
Let's discuss ways to get it in your system. If you're thinking savory, there's always the pickled ginger many eat with sushi, and it's also a fabulous addition in ground spice form to stir fries or marinades for chicken, beef, pork, or fish.

If you're in the market for something sweet, tis the season. There's gingerbread in both loaf and man form, or my absolute favorite, gingersnaps.

On the off chance you're feeling really crafty, you can also follow suit with yesterday's post and infuse your vodka with 1/2 a cup of diced ginger for 3-5 days. This is so tasty with pear or apple juice and soda water.

Any other favorites? Please do share.

My favorite

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