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5 Ginger Smoothie Recipes That Are So Good, Ed Sheeran Approves

Thanks Ed. He's a good egg.

What other famous 'gingers' could I have gone with in that headline? Here's my non-Google, top of head list:

  • Prince Harry
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Ron Weasley
  • Conan O'Brien
  • That bloke off Homeland
  • Isla Fisher
  • Emma Stone?

I think Ed, Prince Harry and fictional Ron are the poster children. They represent the red with distinction. Interestingly, they're all Brits.

While we're off topic. Who decided to collectively name redheaded people as gingers? Ginger doesn't resemble strawberry-blonde at all. It's beige on the outside and slightly brighter inside. 

Nevertheless. Back on topic.

Ginger is one of my all time favourite ingredients. It's versatile, nutritious, has personality and can taste great. It works great in a lot of dinner recipes, but I love throwing it in smoothies.

So What's This Anti-Nausea Business?

We often think of ginger as one of the best immune boosters. And whilst it does help you prevent colds, it's often diagnosed for motion sickness and digestive discomfort. It's a go-to ingredient for pregnancy, travel sickness and even chemo recovery.

However, the science is a little polarising. Which kind of sucks the air out of my statements above. Some studies have found ginger to have the same impact as a placebo when it comes to nausea and motion sickness, though others have shown it to have a real impact.

So if you think ginger is all hype when it comes to motion sickness, then that could easily be your experience. For me, ginger works. I love the stuff. Any time I've eaten poorly, boozed or felt queasy, ginger has relieved the pain. I love adding it to smoothies.

Should You Use Fresh Or Powdered?

I have both in the house but like most foods, nothing beats fresh. It just tastes a little better. More pronounced. You should have no problem finding the fresh stuff and storing it in the fridge for up to three weeks. It's a tough root. 

When it comes to using fresh I recommend peeling it with a teaspoon. Get rid of that bitter skin. Our recipes call for one inch sizes pieces, which is about half the size of your thumb. I use a little more than that because I love the stuff.

And If I Only Have Powder, How Much?

They say 1 tablespoon of fresh is equivalent to 1/4 teaspoon of powder. I'm not sure that's true. For our smoothie recipes I recommend 1 flat (not a heaped) teaspoon of ginger powder. If that's too hardcore then scale it back.

Ed Sheeran's 5 Favourite Ginger Smoothies 

1. Gingerbread

Ginger works best when it's paired with something sweet. And vanilla is a great partner too. So I love adding it to plant based vanilla protein powders. Add a pinch of seal salt and you've got a delicious gingerbread flavour.

This recipe is a protein powerhouse, perfect for treating yourself after the gym. I like to add two cups of spinach as well. Get those veggies in.

green press gingerbread smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • Frozen banana - 1
  • Cashews - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger, peeled - 1 inch
  • Vanilla protein powder - 1/2 scoop
  • Sea salt - pinch
  • Ice - 1/2 cup
  • Coconut water - 1 cup
  • Optional - Spinach - 2 cups

Method:

  1. Blend until creamy 

2. Gingersnap Cookie

Ok, so our Gingernsap is pretty similar to the Gingerbread. However, it really does taste like an American gingersnap cookie.

Blackstrap molasses is a great ingredient here. It's not only a unique sweetener it's seriously rich in iron, calcium and magnesium. Molasses is great for your hair, skin and it's even shown to fight cancer, stress and PMS!

Ingredients:

  • Frozen banana - 1
  • Rolled oats - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger, peeled - 1 inch
  • Blackstrap molasses - 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla paste - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ice - 1/2 cup
  • Almond milk - 1 cup

Method:

  1. Blend until creamy 

3. Golden Milk Smoothie

Our smoothie take on the turmeric latte. Delicious!

Ingredients:

  • Frozen banana - 1 1/2
  • Ginger, peeled - 1 inch
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Raw honey - 1 teaspoon
  • Ice - 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup*
  • Optional - Spinach - 2 cups

* You want the coconut nut milk, not the stuff in the can. Though if you use the can stuff, use half a cup of that and the rest water. It's serious business!

Method:

  1. Blend until creamy 

 4. Age Fighting Turmeric Smoothie

One of my all time favourites. Some of the strongest inflammation, disease and age fighting ingredients you'll find. 

Ingredients:

  • Frozen banana - 1
  • Frozen pineapple - 1/2 cup
  • Hemp seeds - 3 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger, peeled - 1 inch
  • Ice - 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup*
  • Optional - Spinach - 2 cups

* You want the coconut nut milk, not the stuff in the can. Though if you use the can stuff, use half a cup of that and the rest water. It's serious business!

Method:

  1. Blend until creamy 

5. Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

This recipe is obviously designed to prevent and help inflammation. Which ginger does. But you can use it for nausea or fighting a cold too. Serious ingredients solve serious problems.

Ingredients:

  • Spinach - 2 cups
  • Frozen pineapple - 1/2 cup
  • Walnuts - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger, peeled - 1 inch
  • Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Raw honey - 1 teaspoon
  • Ice - 1/2 cup
  • Almond milk - 1 cup

Method:

  1. Blend until creamy 

About James

I co-founded Green Press in 2013. I grew up in Alice Springs, the Australian outback, with absolutely no understanding of what healthy food is. Mum...




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