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They sting, they burn, they stink.

We’re all familiar with the over whelming eye watering sensation that comes with chopping up an onion.  Keep chopping and eating those onions though, because you’re doing yourself some serious favors by including these halitosis causing beauties in your diet.  The same can be said for Ginger and Garlic.  GOG is a trifecta of healthy, and if you can incorporate them on a regular basis, your body will thank you.

 

   GINGER                                                                                                                                                        

193563_3430  “Ahh, Ginger.  You look like the toes of a cartoon character.”

Ok, so Ginger is a bit of a show off.  It has a whole list of healing qualities, and without further ado, here they are…

  • Ovarian Cancer Treatment
  • Menstrual Cramp Relief
  • Migraine Relief
  • Cold and Flu Prevention/Treatment
  • Heartburn Relief
  • Reduces Inflammation and Pain
  • Prevents Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Motion Sickness Relief
  • Reduces Morning Sickness
  • Helps prevent Colon Cancer

With a list like that, don’t you feel like running to the store, snatching up as much ginger root as you can, grating it all up and then gobbling it down in one fell swoop? Yeah, maybe that would be kind of gross.  But you know what isn’t?  Some of the following ideas for use of ginger in an appetizing way.

IMG_6354-Peach-ginger-mojito Mmm, Peach Ginger Mojito.  Oh, now you want your Ginger?!  Thought so.

 

I can’t think of a more delicious way to get your ginger.  It utilizes a fruit that’s abundant here in Georgia and I can’t wait to scoop up a bag of fresh peaches at the farmers market and throw together a batch of this.  As always, you can substitute Agave for the sugar, and toss in some additional ginger for a healthier cocktail.

peach-spinach-017-comp-med109451_vertGreen Ginger Peach Smoothie.  Martha, Martha, Martha.

 

This recipe is already awesome the way it is!  You could probably easily add some flax-seed oil to this and never taste the difference.  I’m not a Martha Stewart advocate or anything, but I guess she does have some street cred after doing some time in the slammer, and this smoothie looks amazing.  Get it Martha!

 

carrot-ginger-soup3 Carrot Ginger Soup…and it’s Gluten Free!

 

The fact that this recipe is already gluten-free made me really happy, but the carrots are just an added bonus.  They help improve eye sight, keep skin from aging too quickly, help prevent cancer…but hey, I’m rambling.  Go pick the snowman’s nose at your own leisure!

 

ONIONS                                                                                                                                                                      

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Ah.  The famous tool for making even the manliest man cry.  Getting right to it, what the Onion can do for YOU.

  • Improves heart health
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Helps calm Asthma
  • Anti-bacterial (destroys E. Coli and Salmonella,as well as the common cold)

I personally love Onions almost any way they come…Raw, pickled, broiled, sautéed, caramelized.  Anything.  But I know a lot of people have aversions to raw Onions so hopefully some of these recipes will help.

 

Chipotle Caramelized Onions 500 9078 Chipotle Caramelized Onions.

As always, you can replace the sugar with Agave or Honey, but you may end up with a bit more juice.  Add these to salads, on top of meats, sandwiches, pretty much anything.  Add it to a piece of dry wall, I bet it’d still be delicious.

No.  Don’t do that last thing.  That’s not green living.

 

oniongoatcheese Baked Onions with Goat Cheese.

 

If I went to a friend’s house for dinner and they had these waiting for me, I’d live on their stoop afterward in hopes of getting more.  It’s only a little crazy.  I know the recipe calls for celsius, but thanks Google for having a handy-dandy little “plug in the number, get an answer” thing when you search for “temperature conversion”.

 

  GARLIC                                                                                                                                                               

 

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Here we are then, at our number three.  Oh the healthy places you’ll go.

 

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers blood cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decongestant and Expectorant
  • Helps prevent cancer

 

Here are the yummies.

 

garlicoil-2 Homemade Roasted Garlic Oil

Mozzarella+this oil= Pure ecstasy I’m sure.  Oh, and you end up with an awesome amount of roasted garlic, which you could add to the following recipe.

 

mashed-potatoes-DSC_1008 Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I remember the first time I ever had true garlic mashed potatoes in Philly.  I still dream about them sometimes.  Yum

 

As always, I encourage everyone to continue doing research on these power foods and find out as much as you can.  Other ways to cook them, additional health benefits, or more in-depth explanations, etc.  Knowledge is power, after all.

 

 

*Onion Header Photo courtesy of © Grandaded | Dreamstime Stock Photos &Stock Free Images

**Garlic Header Photo courtesy of © Siamimages | Dreamstime Stock Photos &Stock Free Images

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