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Cleaning. It’s basically the worst, but the aftermath is the best. Nobody really likes to clean (except maybe Monica Gellar), but basking in the afterglow of a hardcore cleaning sesh is pretty magnificent. It’s even better if you do a ton of de-cluttering or rearrange your furniture to give your space that fresh new vibe. So, if you’ve been hanging out with us the last couple of weeks and have been doing some serious internal spring cleaning, stick with us – it gets better.
Once you’ve refreshed your digestive system, it’s time to maintain. The last thing you want to do is grab a pizza and undo all of your hard work. This week, we’re going to talk about finding foods that work for you. After all, you wouldn’t put dirty or diluted fuel in your car, why do it to your body? Two of my absolute favorite workhorse ingredients are turmeric and ginger. First of all, they’re delicious. They’re seasonally appropriate year round and can be used in anything from soups and salads to smoothies and teas. But wait, there’s more! *Winks at camera*
Ginger is actually a flowering plant, but the part that we know and love is only the root of the plant. Its birthplace is Southeast Asia, but it also has historical roots (badum tsssss) in ancient Rome and Greece. Basically, everyone loves this stuff. It is loaded with antioxidants (which fight the bad guys from within) and can also be helpful in easing nausea.
Turmeric is also a flowering plant in the same family as ginger, which is probably why they are so tasty together. It’s also similarly loaded up with antioxidants but has the added bonus of being a powerful anti-inflammatory. There are a number of things that cause inflammation, including arthritis and many sources of chronic pain. Chronic inflammation can also fast-track your likelihood of developing diseases like cancer or diabetes. Incorporating turmeric into your diet can help you fight germs via your immune
system as well as chronic diseases later on in life.
Preparation for both of these roots is basically the same. They are fibrous, knobby and irregularly shaped so getting them ready for consumption can be daunting. First, ditch the veggie peeler and grab a spoon. It may sound strange, but the round edges can help you scrape away the skin without just shaving off valuable pieces. Once your root is naked, you can slice it up and use it in a broth or chop it up finely to be used in almost anything. Because it’s so fibrous, my favorite way to prepare it is with a micro plane or a fine grater. Grating it in this method while break it down almost into a paste and make it that much more pungent. From there, you can cook with it in stir fry dishes, curry pastes and sauces or use it raw in vinaigrettes (pair with coconut aminos, sesame oil or sambal) or smoothies (pair with mango, peach, strawberry and/or basil). Another soothing preparation is a ginger and turmeric tea,
which is fantastically soothing alone or can be combined with warm almond milk, to make “Golden Milk”. Some of our most popular items featuring the two are our Sesame Ginger Meatballs, Grilled Coconut Curry Meatballs, Pad Thai stir fries and salads and our Anti juice. Chances are, you can almost always find something at Evolve with one of these tasty little treats hidden inside.