This was lunch yesterday. I’ll post more later but this is a great smoothie option for those of you not keen on bananas – strawberry, fresh ginger and apple. I had it at the airport on the way back from Copenhagen and I’ve been addicted ever since. The only difficulty is strawberries are out of season in the UK so might not have that super sweet taste, but it was still good.
Ginger has been used for centuries – certainly as long as 2000 years ago in China- throughout the world as a traditional treatment for loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting after surgery, nausea, flatulence, stomach, upset, colic, morning sickness and motion sickness.
Its also a key plant in Ayurvedic medicine, a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent.
More recent scientific research has found that compounds in fresh ginger can reduce inflammation markers in the colon in as little as 4 weeks, so reducing the risk of colon cancer. For long term health I’d always recommend looking at your diet as a whole though, but ginger is a great addition to it for its therapeutic benefits.
Also, a study at University of Rochester Medical Center found that ginger supplements administered alongside anti vomiting medications in chemotherapy patients reduced nausea by 40%. The healing power of plants.
1 inch square piece of fresh ginger blended at high speed with 2 apples and 1 cup ice cubes.
Add in fresh strawberries to blend at the end. I used about 12.