And Why It Wins in the Winter
I’m sure many of you are decking the halls with boughs of holly and rocking around the Christmas tree right now, brandied eggnog in hand… or perhaps spinning the dreidel dreidel dreidel with your latkes frying away like any normal red-blooded American. But for those of you that are just futzing around, trying to figure out what cookies to bake or how to spice up your holiday, I write this. You, the stay at home mom (or dad). You, the procrastinator extraordinaire. You the incredibly busy hostess. You the college student trying to get a good grade on that last exam. This is for you (and everyone else).
I give you…
Okay, cool. Ginger. Whatever.
You don’t even know– but you are about to find out!
Number one awesome thing about ginger is that it brings the heat. It’s an excellent digestive aid because it brings heat/energy to the digestive system. Have a cup of ginger tea with lemon after dinner and you’ll see what I’m saying. This is also a great weapon to have in the old arsenal for those of us who have a lower body temperature. When I’m feeling chilly willy, ginger tea always does the trick.
If you’re having joint problems, I feel bad for you, son. I got ninety nine remedies and ginger is one. Thanks to this fantastic compound called gingerol, ginger has explosive anti-inflammatory potential. I, myself, use it for relieving joint pain, which tends to be worse in the winter.
This gnarly little root is super high in potassium. Potassium is one the most alkalizing substances we can put into our bodies. What is so freaking awesome about this is that creating an alkaline environment for our cells allows them to function even more efficiently! And as we know from my last post about cranberries, potassium is ESSENTIAL for regulating sodium in our bodies. We need to be taking in at the very least twice as much potassium as sodium for optimal health.
Another juicy little tid bit for you; according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger has the power to promote a calm mind and clear decision making. Feeling overwhelmed by the holiday hoopla? Feel like those voices inside your head just keep multiplying? GINGER!
Now that you have been sufficiently schooled in the magical health-promoting properties of Zingiber officinale, we can get down to the goods… COOKIES!
I developed this recipe from an existing recipe for “You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate” Cookies from the cookbook Eat, Drink & Be Vegan by Dreena Burton along with inspiration from a fantastic chef and wonderful lady in Reno by the name of Absolutely Michelle. You can find more info on Michelle at www.absolutelymichelles.com, and you can find her AMAZING cookies at the Great Basin Food Co-op.
Peanut Butter-Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 12 medium or 18 small cookies
1 ¼ c. gluten free flour blend (I use Bob’s Red-mill)
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt (½ if your peanut butter is unsalted)
¼ c. coconut sugar
½ c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ c. melted coconut oil
1/3 c. maple syrup or honey
1 inch ginger, grated
1/3 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well. In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients (including ginger) and whisk until smooth. Add wet ingredients to dry along with the chocolate chips. Mix together with a spoon or hands if necessary. Roll dough into balls of desired size and space evenly on parchment lined sheet tray, then flatten slightly. Bake 11 to 15 minutes or until beginning to brown. Allow to cool. Enjoy!
Now that you are armed with the power of ginger, go forth and spice up your holiday! Bake some cookies and spread the love. Enjoy them while admiring the Tannenbaum O Tannenbaum or savour them while watching the candles burn during this glorious festival of lights. However you do it, do it with love!
Burton, Dreena. Eat, Drink & Be Vegan. Vancouver, British Columbia. 2007. Print.
E’ale, Henele. Energetic Health Volume 1. Los Angeles, California. 2011. Print.
Mateljan, George. The World’s Healthiest Foods. Seattle, Washington. 2007. Print.