Thursday Tidbits: Ginger Lovin’

by LCCotter on May 10, 2012

Last Thursday I professed my love for all things CARROTS! I think you know my reason why, yes? Healing powers for the ‘ol Stomach.

This week I’d like to profess my other love… GINGER!

Ginger is definitely a superfood in my book. We often think of ginger in correlation to easing nausea, but it has so many more wonderful powers.

Let’s take a look:

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    1. Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps. The ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal in order to ease the digestion process.
    2. Due to its promotion of mucus secretion, ginger protects against the development of ulcers, unwanted holes in the lining of your stomach.
    3. Ginger is often used to settle an upset stomach or treat severe stomach ailments such as dyspepsia or colic.

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So now you might know why I love my ginger. Heal that stomach lining, yes! But this powerful food is also quite refreshing. I’ve been using it in my juices, my stir fry’s, and much much more. Heck, I’ve even combined it with some honey and swirled it it my coconut yogurt/kefir.

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The ultimate healer… Carrot, Beet, Apple, Ginger juice. I call this the nectar of the Gods.

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No Juicer? No problem? Check out this site for 7 blender friendly juicing smoothies. I use THIS ONE below a lot with a little GINGER added.

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And if you’re a gardening guru like THIS GAL, check out this site for ways to RE-USE ginger!

Those are my tidbits today. Ha, a major 180 turn from yesterday’s post. But hey, I like to keep ya on your toes.

Do you use ginger? Gingersnaps totally count!

Cheers,

LC

{ 94 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @ Better With Veggies May 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love ginger, it’s funny how many things I eat that have amazing properties that I don’t even know about. I don’t use it as much, because Kirk isn’t really a fan of the flavor. Maybe I can show him your post and convince him why he should like it. ;)

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

he doesn’t?? does he like ginger beer? that stuff is good! the GF kind.

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Heather (Where's the Beach) May 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

I do use ginger, but not consistently. I typically end up using it in stir-fry dishes. But you did remind me I need to buy some more. Used up the last bit of the tiny nub I’ve been keeping in the freezer.

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

i think thats what got me trying it, you! the ginger pineapple cashew stir fry!

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audrey May 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

since getting a vita-mix, i love making soup..so quick and easy. my fav. new soup is carrot-ginger-coconut.( 4carrots, a chunk of ginger, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2c water and 2 and abit tbsp coconut milk powder)(yields 2 large portions) but after having it four days in a row for lunch my hubs (who is not a fussy eater!) asked for something different.
sometimes i throw in a cooked chicken breast for a few nanoseconds to add some protein. yummy!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

if i fly you down, will you come make it for me!? sounds great! i also like the carrot cashew ginger soup.

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Nichole May 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

2 gingers I love- Gingerbread men and Prince Harry.

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Kim K May 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

laughing – now THAT is hilarious!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

love it! now combine the two. ;-)

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Kim K May 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

my ginger (mike) actually loves ginger – double your ginger pleasure, double the fun! :)

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Sarah May 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

We cant get enough ginger over here! We LOVE it!! This morning… carrot apple ginger juice. Best drink ever! (beet juice coming in at a close 2nd tho)

Hope you have a great Thursday!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

totally!!! i love that you are on a juice kick too. You need to open a juice joint with frenchie as the logo. haha

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cassie May 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

I love ginger, and use it a lot, in various dishes. The smell and flavor are at the top of my list of favorites, all that in addition to it’s amazing health benefits!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

oh its heavenly sweet yet spicy smelling! I agree cassie.

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf May 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

I love ginger too! It’s quite comforting to me. My mom makes me ginger tea when I’m sick – hot water, ginger and honey.

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

thats such the mom thing to do. so comforting. Now i am craving that tea!

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Jess May 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

I love ginger in my stir fries, so yummy that way! Annnd gingersnaps?? Totalllly reminds me of my grandmother, she always has those on hand. I haven’t had those in forever tho, yum!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

your grandma has a lot of cute food stories! celery, ginger, etc. haha. love it!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

I Love using ginger for tummy help! I am a firm believer in the healing power of natural foods!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

oh this i know! you and i think alike with nutrition. thats another reason i love you!

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jobo May 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

I love ginger too! I LOVE ginger salad dressing at sushi restaurants! Was just talking about that yesterday, in fact. And of course love it in stir fries too! yum yum!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

oh my gosh that spicy ginger dressing is AWESOME! I could eat a cup of it.. okay not really but you get my point. haha

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Alexandra May 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’ve never been a big fan of ginger, even the cookies never wowed me….maybe I’ll have to try out your juicing idea! :)

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

try it in beef stir fry! I think you’d like that!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity May 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

ginger is one of those things i’ve been meaning to have around, and keep forgetting. i want to cook with it!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

consider this your reminder ALysia! Now go get it. hehe.

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Abby @ Change of Pace May 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Thanks for the link to the blender-friendly juicing smoothies! I love ginger in stir-frys, and of course cookies.

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

yes, me too! gingersnaps are my favorite!!

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malita May 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

i am never without ginger in the house – never!!! and every juice i make has it in there, and always on stir fry with sesame oil, lime and tamari. But lets talk about this cocunut kefir – i didn’t know this flavor existed and now must buy it – my mom is hooked on kefir now, i’ve created a monster

ps i want my jar back

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

i think you reunited me with my love for ginger in juice. AMAZING! Just come be my juice barista please. And the coconut kefir is easy to make too. You’ll love it!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

p.s.
I have your jar held hostage!

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curlsz May 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

NOOOOO! I want my cooler and ice packs too! You can keep the plastic bottle – see I’m an excellent negotiator.

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Amy May 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

i wish i liked ginger…i try so hard!! im just not a huge fan….i will say though juicing with it helps…you get a little flavor but its not too much. ill eat it (or drink it) that way. i try with sushi but i cant get on board!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

have you tried it with cinnamon and honey blended in vanilla yogurt? you might like that!

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Rachelle May 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Keep all of the tips coming because I am loving them. :) I better go buy me some Ginger.

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

oh yea! i love sending tips your way! I know you will use them. <3

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Kierston May 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I absolutely love ginger! My stomach does too!

I will sometimes make Congee (Chinese rice soup), and put in loads and loads of ginger. It’s great when I’m not feeling so hot!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

i need this congee recipe. Where or where do i find it?

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Kierston May 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

I’ve actually never posted it! I will do that soon. Until then, you can try this one (I don’t use Turkey Wing but will include very thinly sliced Chicken)

Try this one: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/rice-congee-soup-jook-10000001097027/

When my stomach feels uneasy or I simply don’t feel well, this has been my go to since I was a kid! :) My Dad makes it the best!

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

this is awesome!! thanks!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I’ve always been so crazy about ginger. I use the powdered stuff and have developed a pretty high spice tolerance so I can put it in almost anything and everything. I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth so usually everything I make is bitter or spicy and other people think it’s disgusting :)

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

i like it super spicy too! we’d get along great!

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Kim K May 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

i LOVE LOVE LOVE ginger. so i have bought it to use in my juicer, but i feel like it doesnt juice well! any tips – i mean i just cut off a small piece and put it in my juicer, but i think it just spits it out into the garbage end. my favorite juice is beet (YUM!), apple, carrot, celery, and ginger (although the ginger doesnt come through). any advice?

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

i think the best way is to juice the root first.
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/vegetablesrecipes/qt/gingerjuice.htm

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Paige @ Running Around Normal May 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Ginger is SOO good for you! I love it, too. However, there’s a fine line between the perfect amount and omg! way too much! if you ask me. It’s easy to over do it :)

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

oh my gosh, so agree! but then again, i think my tastebuds have tolerated a lot more these days, so my light ginger might be someone else’s strong!
p.s.
Sending my trainer questionnaire over today!

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Carrie May 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I love ginger! One of our regular meals I make are turkey burgers with fresh ginger and spinach. My 4 year old asked me, “Is there ginger in here? Because I’m only going to eat it if there is.” A variation is also using salmon…so delicious!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

oh your 4 year old is good! i love that. Keep the ginger coming.

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jen May 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

i love ginger! just finished drinking a gingerade kombucha! :)

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm

YEA!!! You know I love that. In fact, I had one today too! cheers!

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Samantha May 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Blender friendly juice recipes make me HAPPY!!!! I love ginger – I put it in so many things too! :-)

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

me too! sometimes a juicer is just too much work, haha. And sushi and ginger are calling my name, you?

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Lisa May 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I do use ginger, but definitely not daily. I love it in my tea with lemon juice too! So delicious.

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

try it with peanutbutter flour in your yogurt concoctions. SOO GOOD Lisa!

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teabagginit May 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

heck yes, i use ginger! love that stuff! i like to mix it with soy sauce, garlic, and a little stevia to top my tofu. so good! spicy, salty, and sweet! Just like us! :)

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I like ginger sometimes and with some items… with sushi YES, but I have tried candied ginger and HATED it! I really was surprised too, I thought it was going to be something I love
Thanks for the info :)

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm

oh you must like gingerbread or gingersnaps though, right? hehe

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Casey (The Hippie Health Nut) May 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Heal those guts! :) I use it every now and then, but I’m usually to lazy to peel it and slice it up. Ha

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

haha, i know how you feel. But it is worth it in the end.Yes?

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Adri @FoodieBeFit May 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Yes! I love to add ginger to all my juices. And you nectar of Gods sounds very much like my fave combination except that I like orange instead of apple. I want fresh juice now!!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

oh orange! i need to try that. I think pineapple carrot ginger is lovely too!

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Just saw something on TV the other day about how good ginger is for digestion. I rarely use it but I’m sure I could find a way to add it into my day!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

gingersnap cookies or cake.. that is something I know you will be making soon. hehe.

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

And you should make gingersnap healthy bites!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Brilliant!! I will!

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Shannon May 10, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I <3 ginger a lot… and I've been using it in everything I juice.

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

i’m loving that you are juicing! we are right there with ya! Awesome!

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Michele @ nycrunningmama May 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’ve actually never had anything with ginger – except ginger gum during the 1st trimester…it did help relieve the nausea though =) =)
Your post makes me want to give ginger a try…will have to let you know how it goes!

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

yes, put it in your protein shake will vanilla and cinnamon and honey! i promise you’ll like it.

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Katie May 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Ha! i’ve got everyone fooled into thinking I know what I’m doing in the garden! Muahahaha.

I almost bought a jar of lacto-fermented ginger carrots today. This combo is one of my favorites – the ginger kick with the slightly sweet carrots is just perfect. Soup, salad dressing, smoothies. OH! How awesome would Ginger Carrot Ice Cream be?!?! Next project….

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LCCotter May 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

i just might drive up north to taste that ice cream if you make. I’ll bring the nuttzo for topping. Deal?

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Pure2raw twins May 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

WE LOVE GINGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
haha
can you tell :)
ginger is the best, we love it on anything just about.

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 6:15 am

oh yes, you two are the master ginger users! i love it! you should make a gingersnap biscotti next!

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STUFT mama May 11, 2012 at 1:27 am

I don’t use ginger very much, but I really should. I’ve been thinking about you all day sfter your post yesterday. Sending you hugs and healing prayers. :)

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 6:14 am

oh thank you! i need to bring flat kitty with me to dallas, hehe.

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Lou May 11, 2012 at 2:28 am

Favourite soup = carrot, ginger and cashew nut :)

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 5:38 am

MINE TOO!! Of course.

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 11, 2012 at 7:11 am

I love ginger chews (made by the Ginger people or Chimes). They are the best!! Forgive me if one of the other commenters already said that- I’m late to the party. :)

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

hehe, i like that too! i knew someone had to mention it.

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Ariel Eli May 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

I like Ginger to eat. But i was unknown about the nutrition facts of ginger. Now i am aware about the nutrition facts of ginger which i have learned from your post. Thanks a lot.

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Bre May 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

I love ginger!! but I always forget about it when I’m cooking (which is rare…). If there was a ginger flavoured cereal I’d be eating ginger everyday! ;) hehe
Wanna know what I call the nectar of the gods? Coffee. ;) hehe

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

yes! thats the black nectar of the GOds. haha.
p.s.
I have a little something in the mail for you. Hope you get it before HI!

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Bre May 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

haha I love the nectar of the gods! both coffee and ginger!
oh fun!! I’ll keep an eye out for it! :)

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Missy May 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

i luv nutmeg and ginger in my carrot juice…i cheat at home and just grate my own to taste but when i go to the juice bar…no matter what i say, it’s too much. one of these days they’ll get it right.

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm

totally with you on that! Man, we need to be neighbors… just sayin.

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Michelle {lively kitchen} May 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I love carrot ginger apple beet juice!! My neighbor got a fancy new masticating juicer that is way better than my old Breville and I’ve been walking down the street every few days to use it – my concoctions always have ginger, apple and lemon.

I also use ginger to flavor my kombucha. So, yeah, I’m a ginger fan too. :)

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Erin May 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Ginger is love :) My favorite way to eat it is in crystallized form, but it’s like a drug that way – really hard to stop eating them and the sugar is such a buzz! Not safe! xo Erin

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

oh man, i agree. It’s like healthy candy on crack….maybe? So good!

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Nicole May 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

If you love ginger you would LOVE these ginger garlic carrots I make! They’re super easy:

4 carrots sliced
3 Tbsp. coconut oil or grass fed butter
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger grated
1 tsp. garlic crushed
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Saute the carrots in 2 tablespoons of the butter or coconut oil over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes or until the carrots start to brown.

Add the lemon juice, ginger, and garlic to the pan and sauté just until the carrots are coated with the ginger and garlic. Sprinkle with a little sea salt, stir again, remove the carrots from the pan and enjoy!!

I hope you like them : )

Nicole

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LCCotter May 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

oh you know i am trying this ASAP!!! Thank you Nicole!

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Klh May 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Ginger does have some amazing powers :)
Glad you’ve been having success w/ it!
Happy wknd…hugs <3

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LCCotter May 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

happy weekend friend. Hug the bug. teehee

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Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run May 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

My hubby fell in love with ginger water after a major stomach illness. I just grate it and throw it in there and he’s set to go!

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LCCotter May 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

oh i need to try that next!

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