Fresh ginger has become my favorite way to spice up a green smoothie. It not only has a lot of potential health benefits, but it adds a wonderful flavor that complements citrus, banana and durian.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has a variety of health benefits and has been used medicinally for centuries. Ginger is widely known for its immune-boosting and stomach-settling abilities (ie: drinking ginger ale to settle your stomach). It has been shown to be effective in treating nausea from motion sickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy. Some studies suggest that ginger can help relieve intestinal gas and speed up digestion.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties show promise for those afflicted with osteoarthritis. Animal studies have shown that ginger may help prevent skin and colorectal cancers while also killing ovarian cancer cells. Ginger may also possess blood thinning and cholesterol-lowering properties which may be helpful in treating heart disease.
Top Green Smoothie Recipes with Fresh Ginger
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Ginger-Lime Green Smoothie Recipe
Okay, I’m just a little bit obsessed with my brand new glass straw. I’m sorry, I can’t help but share it with you!
- 1 and 1/2 frozen bananas, peeled
- 1/2 lime, peeled
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1 scoop protein powder (NutriBiotic Vegan Protein Powder)
- 2 cups kale
- 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 360 | Fat: 8.3g | Protein: 17g | Carbohydrates: 53g | Calcium: 6% RDA | Iron: 3.4mg | Vitamin A: 146% RDA | Vitamin C: 92% RDA
It’s also a great recipe for cold and flu season. Browse more cold and flu green smoothie remedies!
Serving Size: One.
Mango-Orange Ginger Green Smoothie Recipe
In this recipe, fresh ginger accents the mingled tropical flavors of orange and mango. The chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fats and the lettuce, spinach and orange add lots of calcium.
In a recent study, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder promotes cell death in all ovarian cancer cells. Another study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
Made with both citrus and ginger, this is an excellent detox smoothie and meal replacement smoothie.
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 2 oranges, peeled and deseeded
- 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root, grated or sliced
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 355 | Fat: 4g | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 82.3g | Calcium: 24% RDA | Iron: 4.2mg | Vitamin A: 152% RDA | Vitamin C: 372% RDA
Serving Size: One.
Ginger-Carrot with Pineapple Smoothie
Ginger and pineapple blend together for a spicy and warming smoothie recipe for a chilly winter day.
Carrots are famously rich in beta carotene, which the body processes into vitamin A. Carrots also pack a well-rounded nutritional punch with good amounts of vitamins C, B3, B6, E and K as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, molybdenum and potassium. They are also a great source of dietary fiber.
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
- 2 medium carrots or 1 cup grated/shredded
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 to 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated (to taste)
- 4 to 6 ounces almond milk
- Add a large handful of spinach to boost minerals!
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 234 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 59g | Calcium: 5% | Iron: 1.1mg | Vitamin A: 618% | Vitamin C: 106%
Tips For Using Ginger In A Green Smoothie Recipe
Ginger adds a warming, spicy flavor to fruit and green smoothies. I find that fresh ginger works best with pineapple and other citrus fruits like orange, lemon and lime. It also blends well with sweet banana or vanilla bean and ads a kick to raw chocolate creations. It is excellent with durian and can be combined with other spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.
Since I have a Vitamix blender, I just cut a piece of ginger off of a root, peel it and toss it in. I usually slice or dice it first. I use about 1/2 inch piece or more depending on how much smoothie I am making. If you do not have a high-speed blender, you can easily grate fresh ginger with a small grater that you’d use for Parmesan cheese or whole nutmeg.
I routinely add ginger to green smoothies. Just about any green will work provided that the fruits I mentioned above remain dominant in flavor. Don’t rely on ginger to mask bitter greens.
Ginger Precautions and Warnings
Ginger is, however, a mild chemical irritant, so don’t go crazy with it in your green smoothies. A little bit goes a long way. Ginger may interfere with certain medications such as Warfarin and some people are allergic to it. Symptoms may include rash, heartburn, bloating, gas and nausea. Despite its effectiveness in treating upset stomach and indigestion, ginger is not recommended for those with gallstones, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines.
How To Select Ginger
Always choose fresh ginger over dried, ground ginger. Ginger root should be smooth, firm and free of mold. I recommend that you keep it in the refrigerator.
If possible, choose organic ginger as conventionally grown may have been irradiated.
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