Ginger not only has a delightfully spicy flavor that works well with both sweet and savory dishes, but it has many health benefits that can alleviate symptoms of several ailments as well as properties that may ward off chronic diseases.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that may help to relieve arthritis and muscle aches and pains. It can can also help relieve nausea and upset stomach and can improve digestion.
Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant and may provide relief from allergy symptoms by dilating constricted bronchial tubes. It can also help relieve the stuffiness from the common cold as well.
Lastly, in terms of chronic ailments such as heart disease and cancer, ginger may provide cardiovascular and cancer protection to keep you healthy.
Our favorite way to consume ginger is the Ginger People's Ginger Spread. This fabulous treat is made from young stem ginger that is steeped in cane sugar syrup and ground to a fine paste. Layer Ginger Spread onto thin slices of pear and aged Gouda, Manchego or Cheddar cheese for an impressive, yet simple appetizer. Swirl Ginger Spread through yogurt, cream cheese or whipped cream. Spread over toast, crumpets or scones. Spoon into a warm bowl of oatmeal, add to a fruit smoothie or lace through a fresh fruit salad.
PRODUCT INFORMATION: 8.9oz jar. Ingredients: ginger, cane sugar. One ounce contains 80 calories, 0g fat, 21g carbs.
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Laxmi's Delights Organic Flaxseed Spread
With cardio-protective qualities, immune-system boosting properties, and possible anti-tumor effects, flaxseeds were always number one on my "foods-that-I-should-be-eating-but-don't-know-how" list. Sure I'd toss a few in smoothies, salads, and homebaked breads, but my consumption of these wonder seeds was never anything exciting or earth-shattering. Recently, however, I discovered Laxmi's Delights Organic Flaxseed Spread, and my enjoyment of flaxseeds skyrocketed!
This one-of-a-kind line of healthy, gourmet spreads is made from organic flaxseed and comes in intriguing flavors such as Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Dates and Orange Juice. Smear any of these spreads on toast, baguette slices, or sandwiches for a quick healthy snack. The spreads also make a delicious topping for grilled meats, seared fish, or burgers. For a tasty and healthy salad dressing or dip, thin the spreads with yogurt or buttermilk.
I personally love the sweet flavors mixed in oatmeal or on pancakes rolled up with fruit. The Sun-Dried tomato flavor is fantastic with baked potatoes and is a great alternative to butter and sour cream.
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