Nutritional Support: Ginger Root

ginger-rootI do love me some ginger.

One of the first things I did when I was on my first round was figure out a way I could make my favorite Asian dressing and still be legal on protocol.  My experiment turned out well and it became one of my staples for all my rounds.  I even made a video on how to make the dressing.  Please try not to laugh too hard ok?  My southern accent is pretty darn thick.

Here is a print out of the recipe.

I bring this up because in that video I gave the viewers a little trick on how to mince ginger pretty darn easily, and I have been doing it that way for decades.

Not any more.

Recently I learned a new trick using one of my favorite kitchen appliances, the Oster 4 Cup Food Processor.  Instead of keeping my ginger whole in the freezer and then mincing it as I need it, I now bring it home, wash off all the dirt, then break it into pieces.  I fill up my Oster with the pieces and then with the chopping blade go to town until it’s minced to my preference, which usually looks like this:

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At that point I take it and put it in a Ziploc freezer quart bag, flatten it out , making sure all the air is out, and then place it flat in the freezer.

Now when I need ginger, I just break off a piece and I am done, no more mincing with that grater!  Yeah me!

I want to talk about ginger for a second, now that I have updated my little “trick”.

It seems I tend to crave ginger when my stomach is upset.  I practically lived on homemade Ginger Ale a couple of weeks ago when I had that nasty stomach bug that is going around.

Even though it’s best known for it’s soothing gastrointestinal effect,  ginger can be beneficial for other health issues.

When my clients catch a cold, I usually ask them to make chicken soup and put as much ginger and cilantro (another great medicinal herb) as they can stand in it, which will help with the excess mucus and also soothe the throat and help with any inflammation that usually accompanies a cold.

Ginger has been linked to help with cancer, menstrual cramps, gas, and motion sickness.  It can boost the immune system, and is said to be better for staph infections than antibiotics.

All I know is that I like the taste.  And now, it’s readily available in my freezer anytime I need it.

Here is a page that will tell you everything  you ever wanted to know about ginger, but were afraid to ask.  Just a note, these are the kinds of pages I read every day.  I am nuts.  I know.  ::giggle::

But that is how I learn.

Do you do something interesting with ginger?  Tell me about it in the comment section below.

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