The gingerbread cookie: you either love it or hate it. But, you might warm up to the idea of embracing the array of ginger-infused treats the holiday season bestows upon us if you knew about the exciting health benefits ginger holds. Plus check out our four favorite, registered dietitian approved gingerbread recipes below!
Ginger Mitigates Motion Sickness
Traveling for the holidays? Ginger can help with motion sickness and upset stomach due to flying or driving. Make a batch of the Gingerbread Energy Bites by Kelly Jones, MS RD for the road and enjoy one before take-off or from the back seat!
Because of the anti inflammatory effects of ginger, this spice can help immensely with pain management, especially when it comes to joint or muscular pain. If you’re suffering from sore or stiff muscles after travel, enjoy a Healthy Gingerbread Muffin by Sarah Remmer as a snack between meals.
The holidays are usually a time for indulging in some of your favorite seasonal treats (hello, eggnog!). Sometimes over-indulging can lead to an upset stomach or indigestion. Capping of a meal with some ginger tea can be a great way to improve digestion and settle and upset stomach.
Ginger has some potent antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, essential for fighting off germs that can cause colds and infections common in the winter season. Start your day off with a batch of Gingerbread Pancakes by The Foodie Dietitian and a GingerBread Latte by Plate Half Full.
What are your favorite ways to include ginger into your diet? Let us know in the comments below!