Rollin’ down the street,
Sippin’ my ginger juice
With my mind on my body and my body on my mind.
The beauty of our current reawakening to natural health and healing is that we are finally learning the power of readily available fruits and vegetables. There is no need to seek out expensive or exotic ingredients in order to be healthy. While some superfoods do boast impressive nutritional profiles, there is no reason you NEED them in your diet. Let me tell you a little secret the food industry doesn’t want you to know.
All plant foods are superfoods. Yup. All of them.
Each plant contains it’s own unique vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient profile, making each one beneficial to your health. Certain categories of foods are important to get into your daily diet (check out Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen app for more on that), but you can’t compare an apple to a pear and say that one is necessarily more healthy than the other.
The healthiest fruits and vegetables are the ones you will actually eat.
However, as we enter the fall, I always try to focus on those plant foods that keep my immune system running high. With the kids going back to school and bringing home a slew of germs home with them, I’ll do anything to keep my family from coming down with something. This means lots of dark leafy greens, fresh fruits and vegetables, and Ginger Shots.
Ginger is a powerful digestive aid used for centuries to treat nausea, stomach aches, morning sickness, and pain. The main bioactive compound in ginger, Gingerol, is highly anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. Ginger has been shown to relieve muscle soreness, boost the immune system, cleanse the lymphatic system, soothe menstrual cramps, lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugars, and even protect against Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s also fantastic to soothe symptoms of the common cold and relieve headaches.
In addition to adding ginger to stir fry dishes and soups, I love to use my trusty juicer to juice lots of raw ginger along with several citrus fruits for a big hit of vitamin C. If you’re not used to ginger, it can have a burning sensation as it goes down, so the citrus fruits help sweeten the tonic and make it more palatable. My kids tend to find it a bit strong, so I dilute their Ginger Shots down a bit with some water or freshly pressed apple juice. During the fall I try to make a batch of this elixir 2x a week and we each take 1-2 shots every morning. Occasionally, I will use this juice as the liquid base to a green smoothie for even more immune boosting power!
- 2 medium apples (green work best, in my opinion)
- 1/2 of a pineapple, topped, tailed, and skinned
- 5” piece of ginger
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 lime, peeled
- 1 orange, peeled
Run all of the ingredients through your juicer. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes about 16 oz. Take 2-3 ounces every morning for anti-inflammatory benefits, improved digestion, and an immune system boost. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper if you’re brave!
Next time you make a batch of Ginger Shots, take a picture and tag me on social media @withloveandveggies ! Let’s do some wellness shots together!
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