Ginger is AWESOME
Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome is used as a spice and traditional folk medicine. It’s used in many Southeast Asian cuisines in savory dishes, and here in the Western world it’s used as a sweet spice. (Oh hello pumpkin pie!)
I LOVE ginger: fresh, dried, in tea, pie or stir fry, and even as a home remedy for upset tummies. In fact, it’s this final usage that prompted me to talk about ginger on the blog today. There are times when my tummy feels… well let’s just say it feels a bit icky. And the idea of that ickyness becoming potentially worse terrifies me. (The television show MythBusters even found that ginger pills helped the most out of all the seasickness remedies they tried!) About a month ago my tummy was bothering me at work so I waltzed on down to the local tea shop (which coincidentally is in the building our shop USED to be in) and said hello to the owner. I told her I was specifically looking for ginger tea, and she pointed me in the direction of Ginger Root Herbal Tea. I take a tablespoon of crystals and put them in one of these cool teabags made for loose teas and dunk it in a cup of boiling water.
Right now, I’m casually sipping on a warm cup of Trader Joe’s Ginger Pear Flavored White Tea. If I have fresh ginger, I’ll just slice it up and throw it in some boiling water to steep. This is my favorite way, actually, it’s the most potent. I know some people like to juice ginger into their fruit and vegetable juices, too! There are a ton of unproven supposed health benefits, too, but the only one I can attest to here is that it calms my tummy when I feel nauseous. It’s the only thing that works for me, and it works every time! Why do you think we always reach for ginger ale when we’re sick?!
Food, Glorious Food
I haven’t been posting a lot about my dinners lately, so I figured I’d give you a recap of what I’ve been eating lately. Absolutely everything is under 600 calories a meal, and almost always under 500!
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Here’s Bingley being SUPER CUTE at my work: