This one is for all the tired moms out there.. and everyone else who is interested in ginger as a wellness remedy!
I’m traveling in the US this week and have some international travel coming up later this month. How do you stay healthy? People ask. I have two kids in preschool and most of us have been on that plane where you’re surrounded by people sneezing! Cover, please!
When my kids come home with the sniffles I tell them “sleep fixes everything”. OK, maybe I want them to go to bed early when they have the sniffles – but I mostly just want them to feel better and we all want to “get rid of the grouchies” as we call them in our house..
Sleep does do wonders for body and mood! So, sleep is the #1 remedy but sometimes hard for YOU to get when you have young children. My youngest is 3 years old and I am just now starting to have regular full nights of sleep! Yes, I’m a tired mama! Ack! But wow, 7-8 hours of sleep feels amazing. Anyway, I digress.. what else? Ginger! I’m a huge fan of wellness remedies – and at the first sign or onset of a cold will brew myself some super potent ginger tea and then go to bed.
The kids brought home a cold a few weeks ago and I have – so far – completely evaded it! I use fresh ginger at home and bring dry powdered ginger (and/or turmeric!) for the road. Ginger has the additional super power of being really good for your digestion and nausea (read more about nausea remedies here)! Double benefit!
Fresh ginger root – rinsed, peeled and grated – or – a teaspoon of dry powdered ginger
This coleslaw is not only colorful and beautiful, it is delicious! The fresh ginger, minced fresh garlic and sesame oil make this dressing totally yummy. Add some roasted chicken and mandarin oranges and call it a meal! 🙂
6 c. Napa cabbage (about one head, thinly sliced). (Used regular cabbage as could not find napa cabbage in season when I made this.)
2 carrots, shredded
1 c. radishes, thinly sliced
1 c. green onions, thinly sliced
4-6 ounces sugar snap pea pods (slice diagonally) (I substituted green pepper.)
1 c. cilantro, chopped
1/2 c. slivered almonds, toasted (single layer at 350 degrees for 5-7 mins; good idea to stir; watch closely, they burn fast)
Optional: roast chicken for protein and satsuma or mandarin oranges
3 T sugar (I used 1/2 that)
3 T white wine vinegar
1 T soy sauce
1/2 t. grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic minced (I used more to taste; maybe triple)
What’s all the fuss about anyway? Apparently old fashioned drinks are back in style.. including the Old Fashioned, the Mint Julep, and Moscow Mule.. the latter served in a copper mug filled with ice and topped with fresh mint. Totally refreshing on a hot summer day!
OK, we’ve had the best winter ever this year in Seattle and spring is in full bloom. This means that my rhubarb is also well under way. The young stalks are crisp and tender and perfect for rhubarb recipes. You could make this as a refreshing drink or add a shot of gin or vodka and make it a spritzer. Either way, this would be amazing on a hot summer day.. or any day really!
4 stalks of rhubarb, roughly chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups water
3 Tbsp honey or agave (or the original recipe called for 3/4 sugar)
Sparkling or still water, to serve
Combine the rhubarb, ginger, water and sweetener in a medium pot. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, partially cover with a lid and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until the rhubarb is soft. Remove from heat and cool.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve set over a bowl, using a spoon to press down and extract as much liquid as possible.
You should end up with just under 2 cups of syrup. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Slice limes into thin rounds and set aside. Pour a little syrup into each glass, add a splash of lime juice and top up with sparkling or still water, adding ice if desired. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve.
Feeling chilly? Need a drink after playing in the snow? This Mexican Hot Chocolate will warm you right up! A delicious blend of spices including ginger and cayenne make this a wonderful steamy drink for a cold winter day.
Ingredients (1 serving)
2 tsps cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
cayenne to taste (I use about 1/8 tsp, but I like it spicy!)
1 Tbsp agave syrup or honey
1/4 cup water
1 cup milk (or coconut milk)
Half ‘n’ half or cream to taste
Mix dry ingredients in a cup
Add agave and water
Microwave on high for 20 seconds
Stir till well blended, add milk and return to the microwave for another minute or until hot