Food as Medicine: Ginger and Green Tea


There's nothing quite like a warm comforting beverage on a cold day. This tea latte made with ginger and green tea will not only warm you up, but will give you an antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-neuroinflammation boost. Ginger is known to have many health benefits. Recent research shows it not only settles nausea and vomiting, but it can also relieve fatigue and improve overall quality of life. Combined with green tea, which is suggested to improve mental alertness, aid digestion, and relieve headaches, this drink is basically a superhero in a cup. Don't let us keep you, whisk up a ginger tea latte and let yourself steep in all the wonderful benefits it has.

 

Ginger Tea Latte


Ingredients:

  • 2 - 2.5 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly

  • 1.5 - 2 cups of almond milk or any plant-based milk that will steam well

  • 1 green tea bag or 1 tablespoon of loose green tea

  • 1/2 teaspoon Manuka honey (substitute agave to make it vegan)

Directions:

  • Combine ginger and milk into a small saucepan and heat until simmering.

  • Gently simmer covered for 10 - 12 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and let rest for 2 minutes.

  • Add green tea, replace cover, and allow it to steep for 2 minutes.

  • Strain milk, discard ginger and teabag.

  • Add honey and whisk until frothy. You can do this by hand or with a motorized frother.

Serve warm and enjoy!

 

References:


Anh, N., Kim, S., Long, N., Min, J., Yoon, Y., Lee, E., Kim, M., Kim, T., Yang, Y., Son, E., Yoon, S., Diem, N., Kim, H. and Kwon, S., 2020. Ginger on Human Health: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of 109 Randomized Controlled Trials. Nutrients, 12(1), p.157.


Filippini T, Malavolti M, Borrelli F, et al. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) for the prevention of cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020;(3):CD005004. Accessed at https://www.cochranelibrary.com


Fujiki H, Watanabe T, Sueoka E, et al. Cancer prevention with green tea and its principal constituent, EGCG: from early investigations to current focus on human cancer stem cells. Molecules and Cells. 2018;41(2):73-82.


NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. 2020. Green Tea. [online] Available at: <https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/green-tea> [Accessed 4 February 2022].

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