There’s one thing that’s for sure: Good gut health always starts in the kitchen. And if you’re already struggling with digestive woes, some of the foods you eat can actually be calming — like those made with the warming spice found in two of our favorite ginger recipes.
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Your gut directly responds to the foods you eat. It can’t help itself — it’s what the gut was made to do. Harnessing the power of each individual ingredient, like the traditionally medicinal ginger root, gives you the chance to influence your gut health and the health of the rest of your body.
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Ginger ale ingredients:
Yield: 8 ounces
- 3 oz. ginger syrup (see below)
- 5 oz. sparkling mineral water
- ice cubes
Ginger ale instructions:
1. Pour the syrup into a 10-ounce glass and add the ice cubes.
2. Slowly add the sparkling water. Stir, serve, and enjoy.
Ginger syrup ingredients:
With minimum effort, you can make this flavorful stevia-sweetened syrup to have on hand whenever you’re in the mood for a refreshing glass of sparkling ginger ale.
Yield: 4 cups
- 4 cups water
- 4 or 5-inch piece fresh ginger
- ½ tsp. white stevia powder
- 2 tbsp. vanilla flavoring
- 1 tbsp. lemon extract
Ginger syrup instructions:
1. Peel and finely chop the ginger.
2. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the ginger and stevia, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Strain the liquid into a heatproof container, and stir in the vanilla and lemon.
Covered and refrigerated, this syrup will keep for several days. If you’re in the mood for another naturally sweet treat, try your hand at our sugar-free rice pudding.