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Ginger smoothie recipe with orange

  • 1

    Serving

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

    PT5M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 10'

    PT10M
  • No refined sugar

    No refined sugar

  • Vegan

    Vegan

Vegan

Ginger possesses one of the most vigorous, persuasive flavors known to man. Fiery and purifying, ginger is a staple in such a beautiful variety of cuisines across the world. For instance, consider ginger snaps and gingerbread men in the UK and USA, to its ubiquitous presence in a mind-boggling breadth of Asian dishes across that continent, to the Lebanese ‘Seven Spice’ mix of ginger, allspice, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, fenugreek, and nutmeg. In addition, variations on ginger tea are of course drunk in many places in the world.

Ginger as traditional medicine

Ginger health benefits are impressive. Native to Asia, ginger root is a part of the Zingiberaceae family, which also includes turmeric and cardamom. Certainly, ginger has been eaten and used for medicinal purposes for over 4,000 years. Just the taste of ginger tells you that it is incredibly invigorating. Moreover, today science backs up all of that with data.

Above all, gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger and the substance we can thank for its distinctive flavor and fragrance, has powerful protective and anti-inflammatory qualities.(1) Likewise, gingerol is just as deeply cleansing as it tastes. In short, scientists have said that it seems to possess powerful antibacterial qualities.(2)(3)

Ginger for the stomach

Traditionally, ginger has been used against nausea and other forms of sickness in the stomach. A review of several research studies backed this up.(4) It also seems to be effective against chronic indigestion, which prevents many people from fully savoring their meals – a very sad thing. Scientists think indigestion is often caused by the stomach emptying at a slower speed than normal, and that ginger speeds up this process.(5) It’s no surprise to our very unscientific minds that the stomach would be energized by ginger!

Another way that ginger seems to be calming to turmoil in the body is in assisting with menstrual pain. A study observed that ginger seemed to work as well as ibuprofen.(6) We definitely prefer the first option. So, we’ll be making more ginger smoothie recipes.

Gingery orange

If there’s anything in the natural world as distinctive as ginger, we reckon it would be the citrus family. That is to say, it’s only fitting that these ingredients square up in this ginger smoothie recipe. They have a similar bright clarity of flavor, with the orange slightly more mellow. Especially when accompanied by the gentle tastes of almond milk and banana as well as the earthiness of carrot, they make a winning combination.

Erbology Gut-friendly Energy Balls and chia seeds top it up with further healing ingredients. Aztecs and Mayans valued chia seeds for their energy-giving properties. Even a small spoonful packs a solid wallop of nutrients. One ounce gives you nice amounts of fiber, protein, fat, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and more!(7)

 

energy balls

Our energy balls are good for the gut.

Our snacking range makes plants with therapeutic properties accessible everyday. For instance, Erbology Energy Balls come in three flavors; nopal cactus; aronia berries; or coconut and cacao. The entire range is organic, raw, gluten-free and free from added sugar. We also pack it in recyclable packaging.

Certainly, we make all varieties with raw Jerusalem artichoke tubers known for their prebiotic properties. Inulin is a type of fiber present in Jerusalem artichoke. It feeds the good gut bacteria and expands inside our digestive tract, effectively making us feel fuller. Additionally, it helps with bowel regularity.

In conclusion, aside from the (albeit precious) healing qualities of this ginger smoothie recipe, it’s just wonderfully awakening and soothing. Drink first thing in the morning to feel like you’re starting the day with a hit of sunlight. To clarify, do drink at any point in the day you’re craving a touch of illumination!

References

(1) Wang et al, “Biological properties of 6-gingerol: a brief review”, Natural Product Communications, 2014, https://bit.ly/2GTY9Gg.

(2) Karuppiah, Ponmurugan and Rajaram, Shyamkumar, “Antibacterial effect of Allium sativum cloves and Zingiber officinalerhizomes against multiple-drug resistant clinical pathogens”, Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 2012, https://bit.ly/2AgOpbj.

(3) Gull et al, “Inhibitory effect of Allium sativum and Zingiber officinale extracts on clinically important drug resistant pathogenic bacteria”, Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 2012, https://bit.ly/2LM5le7.

(4) Ernst, E and Pittler, MH, “Efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting…”, British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2000, https://bit.ly/2ODVQ27.

(5) Hu et al, “Effect of ginger on gastric motility and symptoms of functional dyspepsia”, World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2011, https://bit.ly/2t2QWC9.

(6) Ozgoli et al, “Comparison of effects of ginger, mefenamic acid, and ibuprofen on pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea”, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2009, https://bit.ly/2CusGgs.

(7) Nutrition Data, https://bit.ly/2PN24Kc.

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Ingredients
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    • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
    • ½ cup chopped carrot
    • An orange
    • 1 tbsp roughly chopped ginger
    • 1 ripe banana
    • Erbology Prebiotic Energy Balls (we used Nopal Cactus)
    • ½ cup water
    • ⅓ tsp chia seeds

Here's how you make it

  1. First, blend everything in a high-speed blender. If you like it more watery, add another ½ cup almond milk.
  2. Then, sweeten your smoothie by adding your favorite Erbology Organic Energy Balls (inside or on top).
  3. Pour the smoothie into a bowl or glass.
  4. Finally, decorate with ⅓ tsp chia seeds. Most importantly, enjoy!

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