Ginger checks off every box. It freshens bad breath, soothes aches and pains, quells nausea, and protects your cardiovascular health. It’s also an anti-inflammatory. And even though it’s not as talked about as its inflammation-fighting friends cinnamon and turmeric, its abilities are just as impressive.
“Studies have shown ginger to be effective in decreasing inflammation, swelling, and pain, thanks to a compound called gingerol,” says Tracy Lockwood-Beckerman, RD, in an episode of You Versus Food. “Gingerol is a bio-active compound in ginger which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant affects.”
While there are plenty of different ways you can cook with ginger, there are also some warm ginger drinks you can sip. There’s ginger tea, ginger lattes, and more, all of which bring on the anti-inflammatory benefits. Here are some recipes that will let you sip your way to better health.
The best warm ginger drinks to enjoy this winter
1. Ginger tea
There’s nothing more soothing than ginger tea. Making it is really easy, too.
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 cup of water
1. Boil the water.
2. Add the ginger to the water and let sit for 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Use a strainer to drain the tea as you pour into a cup.
4. Use as much honey as desired.
2. Ginger latte
You can make this frothy ginger latte from Minimalist Baker using simple ingredients like fresh ginger, almond milk, ginger tea, and cinnamon. It’s loaded with flavor and health benefits.
If you want a zestier take on ginger tea, this version that includes lime is a must-try. It also provides additional benefits. “Limes are also great for digestion, but they’re also loaded in healthy nutrients and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, and D,” says nutritionist Regina Fazzini.
1 tsp lime juice
1. Boil a cup of water.
2. Add in some grated ginger, letting it steep for about five minutes.
3. Add in a teaspoon of lime juice.
To make this frothy elixir from Vidya Living, you first make ginger and turmeric tea, then blend it up with almond milk, honey, ghee, and Himalayan pink salt.
5. Ginger turmeric golden milk
Between the ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon, this golden milk latte is overflowing with anti-inflammatory benefits.
1 cup of cashew milk
1 tbsp of freshly grated turmeric root, or 1 tsp of ground
1 tbsp of freshly grated ginger root, or 1 tsp of ground
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
Sweetener of choice
A pinch of pepper
1. In a small pot on the stove, gently heat cashew milk over low heat.
2. Whisk in turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon until frothy, adding sweetener to taste.
3. Pour in your favorite mug and sprinkle with ground pepper.
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