While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it can sometimes get a little repetitive and boring. Unless you have ginger.This versatile superfood hosts a bevy of health benefits, from treating nausea to reducing muscle pain. But what makes it really super? It’s easier to rely on than any other superfood and can be easily added to any meal of the day.
Whether you want to hide the spicy kick with creamy butter or let it fire up your senses first thing as you drink your coffee, ginger can bring both amazing and unique flavors to your morning. Here are eight ways to reap the health benefits of ginger in your breakfast.
1. Spice up your morning cup of coffee
Coffee and ginger create one powerful free radical-fighting duo, especially since coffee is one of the world’s biggest sources of antioxidants. To get your morning superfood pick-me-up, simply add ground ginger to your java (up to 1 teaspoon per cup), or try making the Yemeni drink qishr. This traditional Middle Eastern ginger coffee isn’t only spicy and delicious, it can also aid in digestion.
2. Ginger tea for your daily dose of vitamin C
Ginger tea is a popular beverage for warming up chilly winters. Not only is it warm and comforting, it may help calm
an upset stomach. A cup of this spicy tea in the morning would be particularly helpful inrelieving nausea, motion sickness, or pregnancy-induced morning sickness.
3. Spread a dash of ginger jam on your biscuits
Pantries are often stocked with fruit jams, but ever try ginger jam? It may not be the healthiest, but it certainly is a healthier option. Whether you’re buying it or making your own recipe, a smear of ginger jam is delicious on toast or biscuits.
4. Replace your maple syrup with a zestier option
The company The Ginger People created their organic ginger syrup as a creative alternative to pancake syrup. With only two ingredients, this tasty syrup is delicious when used in beverages, baked goods, oatmeal, pancakes, and waffles.
Ginger syrup recipe
1/4 pound peeled and thinly sliced ginger
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5. Try an anti-inflammatory granola bowl
A bowl of crunchy, fiber-rich granola is always an easy breakfast choice. But adding fragrant, spicy ginger granola to the mix would make it even better!
Grate 1 inch of ginger and mix it with honey or melted coconut oil, then drizzle it over your breakfast bowl. For a super dose of nutrition, try this superfood granola that’s packed with 11 superfoods (including ginger, of course).
7. Get a boost of energy with some on-the-go superfood
Low on time? You can still reap the benefits of ginger on the go. Grab a healthy, gluten-free turmeric and ginger Lärabar or meal prep some ginger energy bites, like these delicious dough balls Well Plated calls her "saving grace." These treats make for a healthy breakfast if you’re rushing out the door.
8. Fold them into your breakfast pastries
Sure, ginger is used in popular baked goods — there’s gingerbread, ginger snaps, ginger-spiced cakes and pies. But you can rely on ginger to amp up breakfast pastries, too.
With all of ginger’s incredible health benefits and low-effort methods to make any breakfast fit for royalty, it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t want to include it in the most important meal of the day. Which ways are you looking forward to incorporating ginger into your morning routine?