Health Benefits of Ginger – Sweet and Sour Beet Smoothie Recipe

Hey everybody! Today we are making the Sweet and Sour Beet Smoothie! I’m Jenna, the founder of GreenBlender, and welcome to our video series! For those who don’t know, GreenBlender is a smoothie delivery service and every week we send all the pre-portioned ingredients and superfoods to make an awesome smoothie at home. And every day we make one of those smoothies right here with you! We get to talk about really interesting ingredients and today’s ingredient of top discussion is ginger! We all know it and, most of us, love it. Ginger is actually a rhizome, which is a underground stem. It is not actually a root of the plant. Ginger plants are classified as herbs and they’re in the same family as tumeric and cardamom. Now, if you are just tuning in, welcome feel free to put your name and where you’re watching from in the comments below. Let me know your thoughts about ginger. I have had a lot of thoughts about ginger, as you do, I guess. And I always want to juice ginger, and put it in ice cube trays and freeze them, and have ginger ice cubes and put them in my cocktails, but I have yet to do it. I’ve been talking about it for two years, and maybe this year will be the year I finally make the ginger ice cubes. I’ll keep you updated. Ginger’s been around for a long time. The Greeks actually used ginger to help alleviate nausea, and they would eat ginger wrapped in bread. And so, eventually they ended up putting the ginger in directly into the bread, and thus, the ginger bread was born. I read that and I’m not sure if that’s true or not, so I’m going to get back to you on that one. The other thing is, and I know is true, is ginger ale actually kind of came from this ginger beer that the English and colonial Americans used to make to alleviate nausea. The ginger is a great way to help alleviate nausea – nausea from morning sickness to chemotherapy to surgery it really does help – seasickness – it really does help kind of settle the stomach and make you feel a little less nauseous. I don’t know if there’s anything, well I think, between nausea and headaches. They’re both pretty bad, so the other thing that ginger is, is a good anti-inflammatory and so some studies actually have suggested that if people that are suffering from our osteoarthritis actually find some relief by consuming ginger, because of the anti-inflammatory properties. So, that’s a little bit about ginger. We’re going to use it in this smoothie, The Sweet and Sour Beet Smoothie. If you don’t like ginger, feel free to just skip it all together. It is a definitely a strong flavor. I think it goes really well with the beat in this smoothie, but if you don’t like it, skip it! Alright, so what else is in The Sweet and Sour Beet Smoothie? We’re going to do one beet, one piece of ginger, 3 tablespoons of walnuts, some kumquats – like the last of the season I think – and some grapes. So, and, of course, water and ice. So, this is basically going to be like a walnut milk smoothie because of the water and the walnuts just thrown right in there. I really enjoy adding – I really love beets. I’m sorry, I love them, but I know that some people do not like beets. If you don’t like beets, skip them! You don’t have to eat it. You can have some carrots in this smoothie. You can add just some leafy greens and skip this beet altogether. Oh no, I’m going to sneeze! Yikes! Alright, so we’re going to have this beet. The thing – I did to go in-depth about beets before and I’ve also talked about golden beets, which are much more mild. I put the beet in raw and I don’t actually do anything else. I just scrub it with a warm soapy sponge and just chop it up. I do not peel it; I do not roast it; I just put it in raw and almost whole. So, if you have a blender that is very good at pulverizing these hard to blend ingredients, do that. But you can also lightly steam your beet and you can also lightly steam your beet. Either put them in the microwave or put it in some boiling water and it will soften up everything and actually, I think it will soften up the flavor as well. So, it’s up to you. I’m just going to chop up this ginger because it’s super fibrous and that’s this way it will make sure that it actually gets blended with the blades. Because sometimes I put ginger in whole, and then it kind of like eludes the blade of the Vitamix. And then you don’t taste any ginger and then at the bottom of your smoothie there’s a big hunk of ginger. So, word to the wise, just mince up your ginger so that it actually just blended. Now, let’s blend this up, and I almost forgot the ice – but I didn’t. See, this is me winning the morning. Look at this color! You can already tell it’s going to be creamy because of the walnuts and because it also has kind of this creamy pink hue… and it smells like kumquats. If you guys don’t know about kumquats, we actually talked quite a bit about them in a previous video. I’ll put a link in the comments. But kumquats taste like a combination of lemon and orange. And when you’re making a beet smoothie, I like to include a strong citrus flavor like a lemon or orange or kumquat, which is the best of both worlds, and another strong flavor like ginger. It really does cut the earth flavor of the beets, and allows you to enjoy it a little more. But, if that being said, you hate beets, skip the beet! … skip the beet. Here it is, let’s try it. Mmm, I love beet smoothies! I’m sorry for people that don’t. It tastes delicious; it’s so citrusy! Those kumquats really come out in this smoothie. The ginger is there too – not as much as I’d like. I’ll probably add more later. I like the really strong flavors, but this smoothie is very refreshing. It’s going to give you a lot of energy. It’s going to be really good for your skin and its immune boosting. So it’s all around a great smoothie! I’d love to hear from you; let me know if you love or hate beets. I won’t be offended if you hate beets. Until tomorrow, cheers!

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