Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, but surely that statement is only valid if you eat or drink the right things? With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the idea of adding ginger to your morning routine.
Ginger is an inflammation killer and all around superfood good guy. The golden spicy root adds a tasty zing to foods and calms the stomach. I find it really helps to clear morning stiffness and stomach issues. Here I’m going to share some techniques to inspire you to use ginger in your morning routine.
I like to start the day with a smoothie, but that’s not the only drink I’m preparing whilst trying to set up an inflammation free day! I’m usually found in the kitchen blasting something fruity in the blender, but whilst I get my heavy nutrient boost underway I’m thinking about fighting inflammation. This means the kettle will be boiling ready to make a delightful ginger tea or some other anti-inflammatory concoction.
Ginger goes really well with fruit teas. My favourite is any summer fruits berry tea steeped with ginger. This mixture is really tasty and gives that edgy scratchy morning inflammation a punch right in the COX 2’s!
“Gingerol-related compounds including gingerols and shogaols selectively inhibit the inducible form of cyclooxygenase, COX-2, but not the constitutive form, COX-1. Since inhibition of COX-1 is associated with gastrointestinal irritation, selective inhibition of COX-2 should help minimize this side effect. Overall, the ginger preparation used in this study was found to inhibit COX-2 approximately three-fold more than COX-1, and this property should contribute to the beneficial anti-inflammatory activity of ginger products.”
I like to use fresh ginger for all my drinks. It can be messy and a little inconvenient for those less patient people out there, but it really is worth taking the time to do this every morning and get into a proactive routine. I peel the root and chop it into small pieces and then add tea and hot water. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Ginger is fabulous as a tonic spicer. I like to add turmeric, honey, ginger and apple cider vinegar and make a spicy tonic that’s more than just a winter warmer. The great thing about these teas and tonics is that you can drink the cold too or save them in the fridge and add them to your smoothies as a base later on.
I love a morning smoothie as you all know! Ginger is awesome for adding a tangy zing to your smoothies. The possibilities are endless but I find it works well with orange, chocolate, pineapple, mango and apple, but I guess this is all down to personal taste? I usually look out for the traditionally most popular combinations of foods when I’m making a choice of what to add in a smoothie because the flavours just work! They are time served and popular for a reason. These flavours work well together.
I use an inch or two of ginger but that really depends on the size of the smoothie because I’m quite greedy with my nutrient intake and like to make sure I have plenty of nutrients onboard before I go to the gym and pump them into my tissues.
Ok, so the title is a little misleading. I would never drink straight ginger juice! It would be way too powerful!! However, I do like to add ginger to my green smoothies. This is because I’m not a huge fan of the taste of green smoothies. Some folks adore them. Unfortunately, I have a rather sweeter tooth and the green juices taste pretty awful to me. That’s a real shame for anyone in the same situation, but there is help at hand! Adding ginger to your juices along with sweet roots like beetroot can make a green smoothie drinkable for those of us with a sweeter tooth.
Yep, that’s right! You can buy ginger jam!
It isn’t exactly inexpensive but it is very tasty and can make a great sugary option if you’re not into peeling your ginger for your smoothies. Of course, it is full of sugar because its a jam, but it can be a good sweetener for gluten-free breads and biscuits or for adding to a smoothie. I would never usually advise anyone to add processed sugars to their diets. However, we all have to start somewhere on our journey so making positive changes with foods like ginger jam can help usin the often difficult transition to a healthier inflammation feree life.
If you’re a serious foodie you could add a zestier option to your culinary efforts with the use of ginger syrup. There is a company out there called the ginger people who have created an organic ginger syrup which is perfect to add to everything from baked goods and no-bake cakes, smoothies, chia puddings and all that yummy stuff.
Zingy Overnight Oats
I love overnight oats! Add a ginger zip to your morning, or any other part of the day, with one of the above syrups or jams! Or make a ginger paste by blending your ingredients together before assembling your overnight oats.
Place an inch of ginger in the blender with your choice of water or whatever base you choose and blend in some honey and other spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
Place the chia seeds in the mix and soak as usual before adding to your overnight oats. I prefer to layer this mixture so the ginger is at the bottom of the pot. That way you start out with zingy overnight oats and end the experience with a pallet cleansing ginger freshness to take you into the day inflammation free.