Photography by Jeff Coulson Image by: Photography by Jeff Coulson
|This story was originally part of "Raising The Steaks" in the June 2015 issue.
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Ginger may not be the first spice you think of to incorporate in your snacks, salads and dinners but it's one of the healthiest on the planet! Here's why:
1. It's healthy for your heart.
Research has shown that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood clotting, which could, in turn, help prevent blood vessel blockages that can lead to heart attacks or strokes.
A recent study out of Pennsylvania State University found that a meal made with a spice blend that included ginger (along with garlic, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, paprika, turmeric and black pepper) reduced levels of triglycerides by 30 percent when compared to an identical non-spiced meal.
2. It helps your tummy!
Ginger has long been associated with relieving nausea and morning sickness, motion sickness, and even menstrual pain, as it's original use was for pain relief. A 2012 study shored up that wisdom, showing that ginger can reduce nausea after chemotherapy when taken as a supplement.
3. It can help you breathe easy.
Ginger tea is a classic remedy purported to ease cough and cold symptoms. And it turns out, there’s some science to its soothing powers when you’re sick. In 2013, research out of Columbia University found that ginger might help asthma patients breathe more easily.
4. It has anti-inflammatory effects.
Osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness, but the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger can help that. In a trial done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, participants who took ginger extract had less pain and needed less pain medication than those who didn't.
*Although rare, too much ginger can cause heartburn, diarrhea and irritation of the mouth, according to the University of Maryland. There can also be interactions with medications, such as acetylsalicylic acid.
But most of us can indulge in ginger for its flavour and health benefits. Try it in:
Apple Cran-Curry Salsa
Apricot Almond Energy Bars
Asparagus and Orange Salad With Ginger Dressing
Broiled Tofu With No-Cook Peanut Sauce
Photo courtesy of Davina Choy Image by: Photo courtesy of Davina Choy
Pretty My Party
Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to gather friends and family to celebrate. If it’s your turn to host, leave the table-decorating duties to us while you mind the turkey. From country-chic to minimal and modern, we’ve gathered plenty of low-budget, easy and fun ideas for your holiday table
From centerpiece to table setting, go with a wishbone theme. If you can’t find wishbone accessories, get the kids involved and mould your own using some clay, and then give them a coat of spray paint.
Source: Celebrations at Home
For an unexpected and easy DIY runner, dye your own using an unexpected but complementary colour. Use Christmas oranges for décor (and then dessert) and attach with a nametag.
Source: Annabode + Co
Trade in your regular chargers for a more rustic, earthy version. Use a slice of wood for each place setting, and use up scraps to attach a Thanksgiving message.
Source: Elizabeth Anne Designs
Spread a large sheet of craft paper across your table and outline place settings with cutlery and each guest’s name.
Source: Lemon Thistle
Pile on the pumpkins for a centerpiece with impact. Choose a palette of metallic, black and blue and a touch of orange. Add a coat of spray paint and leave the stems gold. Add a twig of sage to each table setting.
Swap out your tablecloth for an autumn-themed plaid blanket. Add an additional blanket to each seat, if you’re eating al fresco.
This is an easy (and edible) craft that even the kids can make. For instructions, go here: Pear Turkeys
Set a moody scene with some simple foliage and glass bottles. Gather some greenery to cover overhead lighting. Add some dainty white flowers to small vases. Use chalkboard or painted wood to mark each person’s spot.
Source: My Scandinavian Home
Go earthy and green with glassware, runner, napkins, gourds and pumpkins. This setting works whether you’re inside or outside.
Source: Pretty My Party
A white palette devoid of colour can be quite impactful. For a minimalistic take, keep the centerpiece low and muted.
Source: Tone on Tone