Spice up your life

Go back to your roots

It’s almost a week since I gave up my daily cappuccino and all other sources of caffeine and I definitely feel better for it. Once I make it to midday the craving subsides but walking around town yesterday at 11am, the smell of roasting coffee was very tempting. I do miss the ritual of my mid-morning coffee- my reward for completing the first of the day’s tasks. Many of us use food and drink as a reward- and often the naughtier a food is perceived to be the more of a treat it feels. I made an enormous carrot cake with my children on Sunday. During half term our treat is a slice of cake in the afternoon with a cup of chamomile tea for me. It’s not the healthiest of snacks but it does have plenty of carrots and walnuts to balance out the sugar a little bit!

Today I wanted to tell you about Ginger- I can’t get enough of this spicy and aromatic root.  Every morning I have an infusion of ginger root in hot water with a squeeze of lemon it’s a very warming and comforting start to the day.

Traditionally ginger has been used to help with gastrointestinal problems particularly nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy or motion sickness. Herbalists often recommend ginger for the treatment of coughs and colds. Its warming properties can encourage useful sweating and it may help calm coughing. Ginger appears to have anti-inflammatory benefits which make it useful in conditions such as arthritis and eczema.

Gingerol is the main active constituent of ginger and it is also a good source of zinc. Dried ginger contains significantly reduced levels of gingerols so use fresh root where you can. Gingerols degrade quickly after chopping so enjoy fresh ginger as soon as possible after preparation.

Ideas for adding ginger into your diet

  • Add fresh ginger root to stews, curries and stir fries.
  • Make a soothing infusion by adding a slice or two to hot water with a squeeze of lemon and teaspoon of honey.
  • Chill the infusion and add to apple juice for a refreshing drink.
  • A great addition to fresh juices.
  • Pickled ginger can be eaten as a side dish with curries or fish.

About Michelle Lake

Hi, I run Mission Nutrition, and I'm a nutritional therapist/ nutritionist helping people all over St Albans & Hertfordshire feel happier & healthier. If your diet needs an overhaul, come and see me for a nutrition consultation! Tel: 01727 893 042 / 01727 869 929 or email michelle@mission-nutrition.co.uk