well, folks, it’s redux time again. the time when us dietitians and health-nuts post lots of delicious and nutritious recipes. in case you need a refresher, check out last month’s post. as for this month, we’re all about summer beverages.
ginger is an underground rhizome, used widely in asia for both cooking and medicine. the spicy and aromatic delight can be used fresh, dried, ground, candied, pickled… the list goes on.

and the health benefits of ginger are impressive. ginger has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties, may protect against ovarian and colorectal cancers and can help you fight the common cold. it does wonders for digestion, safely easing morning sickness, nausea and vomiting. i am, very unfortunately, quite prone to motion sickness. so ginger capsules or candies are always in my purse to ward off any queasiness on trips. it’s a miracle!

i remember as a child, when i was hit with a stomach bug, mom always offered us sips of ginger ale. it is still what i tend to crave on plane trips, knowing it will help a bit to ease any stomach upset. i am not a soda drinker and really don’t like that such a great idea of a drink has to come with a major dose of high fructose corn syrup.
so when the redux gurus announced beverages as the month’s topic, i knew i needed to give it a try. honestly, this ginger ale does taste a bit different from the commercial version. firstly, it’s made with real, fresh ginger, not “flavorings”, therefore it has a spicy, delicious bite to it. secondly, i wanted to use stevia instead of the sugar used in most homemade brews, to avoid a pointless blood sugar spike from a beverage. many homemade versions also include lime or lemon juice, which i have no reason for leaving out other than that i don’t usually add those to my ginger ale. feel free if you want to!



 Ginger Ale
2      cups finely chopped, fresh, unpeeled ginger (about 1 large “hand” of ginger)
2      cups water
club soda
liquid stevia
1. Combine ginger and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cover and let sit 10 minutes. Strain mixture to yield about 1 cup of ginger syrup.
2. Combine 4 tablespoons ginger syrup, 1 cup club soda and 3 drops liquid stevia. Pour over ice to make 1 serving.

Yield: 4-6 servings.



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