Ginger has been used for centuries as an immune system booster, thanks to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. In addition, ginger helps alleviate indigestion and other stomach upsets. Warming and soothing, ginger can also help alleviate respiratory problems like coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. Especially during the upcoming flu season, keep your family healthy with these five kid-friendly preparations of ginger. Get the recipes.
- Ginger tea: Roughly chop up a few teaspoons of fresh ginger root in 8 ounces of water and boil for five to 10 minutes, depending on how strong your child likes ginger flavor. Sweeten with honey.
- Smoothie: Blend a banana, tablespoon of almond butter, ice, soy milk, and a teaspoon chopped fresh ginger to create a nutritious yet milkshake-like smoothie.
- Homemade ginger ale: Toss fresh chopped ginger into the pot when making a simple syrup. Pour a small amount (around 1/8 cup) of ginger simple syrup in a cup, and top with sparkling water.
- Ginger garlic sauce: Whisk a few teaspoons of chopped garlic and ginger with soy sauce, orange juice, and honey to taste. In the last few minutes of cooking, add the sauce to stir-fried chicken, beef, or tofu. Cook until fragrant and heated through.
- Chai tea latte: Make ginger tea, then steep with a chai tea bag for a few minutes. Finish with cow, rice, or soy milk and honey.