Ginger: Why Is It A Good Thing

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Ginger is a wonderful thing. It’s highly medicinal, known to combat stomach ailments of all kinds and has anti-inflammatory properties said to rival any non-steroidal drug in its treatment of muscle and joint pain. Ginger is also effective at reducing pain associated with headachesand even asthma related symptoms. Given these anti-inflammatory powers, ginger also shows the potential to aid in treating cancer, which is a ultimately a chronic inflammatory disease. Then, there’s ginger’s effect on our metabolism and blood sugar levels, which makes it a great ingredient to include in a healthy diet to help prevent and treat diabetes. All this leads to stronger bodies, immune systems and even mental longevity.

So, let’s leave doubters to their devices and get on to just exactly how to incorporate more ginger into our nutritionally supercharged lives.

Dose of Daily Ginger

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So, how much of this edible wunderkind (actually, the medicinal qualities have been recognized since back in B.C.) does one need to stay on the up-and-up? Precision Nutritionsays one to two grams a day will keep the stomachaches away, and they recommend not exceeding four grams regularly. Keep in mind though, that it’s overall best to use real ginger root instead of supplements. A couple grates a day in tea or in soup, a freshly made juice, or even in a smoothie, should all do the trick to improve inflammation and aid in digestion. The point, however, like with all medicinal foods and herbs and so on, is to consume it regularly so that it stays in the system, doing its thing the way nature intended. Try these 10 recipes to get your daily dose.

How to Handle Your Ginger

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If you’re not accustomed to preparing ginger in your daily diet, you likely have no idea what to do with that tanned little rhizome sitting in the refrigerator door (which is where should keep it, wrapped up to three weeks, or frozen up to five).  First things first – do not eat the skin, but also don’t use a knife) to peel it, and you’ll lose less of the flesh. A grater or spoon are better options to get the peel off.


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The Peel and Rhizome

Ginger rhizomes are pale yellow and very juicy inside, with a thin, tan-colored skin. The skin is removed before ginger is dried and ground, but fresh ginger is almost always sold with the peel on. When the ginger is at its freshest, the skins are thin, smooth and have a faint sheen. As the rhizomes age they lose moisture and shrink, and their peel becomes increasingly thick and woody. Like the skin of the potato, it’s entirely edible and — like the rest of the root — high in fiber, so deciding whether or not to leave it on is a personal and aesthetic choice.

After its peeled, the best way to slice ginger is into circular coins, going across the fibers so that they don’t create long strands of ginger in any single bite. These coins are perfect for providing a milder ginger flavor to marinades or oil, and they are the way to cut it for candying. For julienne ginger, simply slice those coins into matchsticks, or if a recipe is looking for minced ginger, simply dice those julienned strips into tiny little squares.

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Truthfully, though, grating it is probably the easiest solution as it prevents any tear-inducing potency (think raw garlic), and it doesn’t even require peeling (for lazy cooks). However, it’s best to do this only as needed, grating only what called for in the recipe or dish then leaving the remainder of the ginger intact.

From Teapots to Soup Pots

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Once the ginger is ready to roll, there are many ways of consuming it, the first and easiest of which is as a tea (hot water over a few slivers of raw ginger) or an ayurvedic elixir. It also pairs beautifully with sweets,(especially dates), and works well with sweeter vegetables like carrots(in the morning) or pumpkin. Ginger also makes for zippy salad dressings and glazes.

Hey, we are all cooks in the kitchen here, so let’s cut to the chase. There are like, at least, 30 insanely rocking ginger-based recipes (all vegan) literally a click away. Oh yeah, and can anyone say homemade ginger ale?

The Other Thing

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The other thing to bring up in this very DIY and grow-it-at-home world, is that ginger is wicked easy to grow, and it only requires sacrificing a portion of what you bought at the supermarket to do so.  In fact, it can be grown at home, in a pot, and even without lots of sunlight.

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Thus, the future seems easy: Go to the store, (like really soon), buy a bit of ginger, start consuming it daily while your own organic, home-grown ginger is on the make. As a result, we get a healthier body, a fun new flavor to play with and a little bit more independent.

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Eating Banana Peels Will Make You Extremely Healthy

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by Dr. Paul Haider

1. Great for Depression – Did you know that ripe Banana Peels are great for depression? Banana Peels are packed full of serotonin which boost your mood and help you feel happy. Studies show that if you eat two Banana Peels a day for three days you have a net increase of 15% in your serotonin level – Wow!

2. Sleep Better – At the same time Banana Peels are full of lots of tryptophan that help you get a good nights rest.

3. Lower Cholesterol – And Banana Peels have more soluble and insoluble fiber than what you find in the banana it self, that means Banana Peels lower your cholesterol… thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. Continue reading

Avocado Seed – Packed with health benefits

A Superfood Locked Within a Seedavocado

Eating a creamy slice or two of avocado a day will definitely keep the doctor away. This delicious fruit makes a great substitute for mayonnaise and butter.

If you are a regular Daily Superfood Love reader by now, you know that we have something of a love affair with the benefits of avocados it’s one of the best way to protect your cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation from arthritis, and rejuvenate your skin and hair.

But, did you know… that the seed of the avocado is one of the most nutritious and often thrown out parts of this superfood?

Before you say it, I know what you are thinking. How do you add avocado seed to your diet short of smashing it with a hammer?

The secret benefits of avocado seeds will surprise you. Historically, extracts of avocado seeds were used as ink for writing and as a food dye. A single avocado seed represents around 18% of the fruit and a waste issue for avocado processors. Continue reading

Yam Quinoa Soup

Yam Quinoa Soup

Why Yams?

Their earthy, sweet taste makes yams a versatile addition to recipes, from cookies (yes cookies) to soups. And their high nutrient content makes them a powerhouse when it comes to nourishing you and your family.

Full of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and fibre, yams are the new hip food. They also contain loads of vitamin B6 which research has shown to be an important vitamin in respect to pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), especially in relation to depression that is caused from PMS.

At 15.5% of your daily required intake of vitamin B6 in one cup of yams, yams are an important food for combating depression.

And if this was not enough, the complex carbohydrate content of yams slows the rate at which sugars are released into the bloodstream, making them a great way to sustain your energy levels and lose weight!

Prep time:  35 mins
Cook time:  5 mins
Total time:  40 mins
Serves: 10 cups

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Raw Vegan Garlic Chili Cheeze Jicama Fries

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For all of you fries lovers this one is for you. No greasy fat coming out of the pores after eating them.  No worries or guilt about the added calories, no frying oil, no heart clogging ingredients.  These fries actually feed your body! That is the beauty of raw foods, since they are not heated their vitamins, minerals and most important enzymes stay in tact nourishing your body bite by bite. The spices in the recipe can really all be to taste, so add or subtract as you like. They can also be substituted with any spice of your choice.

Ingredients

  • 1 small jicama, peeled and cut into fries
  • 1-2 tablespoons high-quality olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • (optional) cilantro to garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel the jicama and cut into fries
  2. Mix in the oil and spices
  3. Garnish with fresh cilantro or other herb

Notes

These seasonings are all to taste. Depending on how big the jicama is you may need to add more spices according to your taste. Each time I make it the measurements have to be adjusted a little different. Also, for substitution for jicama you can use daikon.

Back from too long a hiatus

It has been to long since I have added posts to the Verve.

During my hiatus I have been involved with many new & exciting things.

I have semi-retired from the 9-5 world. This has given me so much more time

to explore more of my passions.

Being said, cooking is one of them and film making / video making is another.

So, I have been putting in a lot of hours at BRIC ArTS MEdiA.

BRIC presents contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. BRIC also provides resources to launch, nurture and showcase artists and media makers. We advance access to and understanding of arts and media by presenting free and low-cost programming, and by offering education and other public programs to people of all ages.

I will have a portion of this blog dedicated to my work with videos / producing documentaries, interviews, food related videos,podcasts,  art & such.

So, please don’t be a stranger & visit often.

 

 

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Homemade Cold Remedies

6 Cough remedies are easy to make and as effective as many store bought brands. Deals Natural expert Tamika Fletcher shares her favorite recipes.

HOMEMADE COUGH DROPS

Raw honey (Pure, Local honey works best)
Optional: Candy molds or parchment paper
Optional: Ginger, cinnamon , whiskey, vitamin C, lemon juice

Boil honey to 300 degrees. Drop on parchment paper or pour in molds. Let sit until hard.

NATURAL COUGH SYRUP

1 cup raw honey
Onion

Chop 1 whole onion. Boil onion and 1 cup of honey for about 5 minutes. Strain the onions and take 1-2 tablespoons as needed.

HOT TODDY

Ginger tea
Half a lemon
Tablespoon of Jack Daniels
Optional cough drop for extra potency or peppermint pillow candy

For a kid friendly version substitute apple juice for tea and alcohol.

GINGER TEA

Boil ginger root
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Boil in 2 cups of water with honey and lemon

EUCALYPTUS CHEST COMPRESS

Pour 2 ounces of almond or olive oil into a small bowl or cup. Add 20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. For a thicker consistency use solid coconut oil.

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Tilapia, Contains Potentially Dangerous Fatty Acid Combination

Popular Fish, Tilapia, Contains Potentially Dangerous Fatty Acid Combination

ScienceDaily (July 10, 2008) — Farm-raised tilapia, one of the most highly consumed fish in America, has very low levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and, perhaps worse, very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.


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The researchers say the combination could be a potentially dangerous food source for some patients with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other allergic and auto-immune diseases that are particularly vulnerable to an “exaggerated inflammatory response.” Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint tissues, skin, and the digestive tract.

“In the United States, tilapia has shown the biggest gains in popularity among seafood, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010,” write the Wake Forest researchers in an article published this month in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Continue reading