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Gingerbread is Healthy and Historical

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“An I had but one penny in the world, thou shouldst have it to buy gingerbread.” ~ William Shakespeare

Ginger Better Than Ibuprofen

Food as medicine is the way that I live my life. Cultured foods are front and center, but there are many other things I turn to when we need extra help and one of the most important is ginger. Whether it’s high blood sugars,1 muscle cramps,2  nausea and motion sickness, asthma, 3 or hay fever, it’s ginger that fits the bill in a powerful way. Considered stronger than a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), ginger works to relieve pain in many ways. If you’d like to read more, check out this post.

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Healthy Ginger and Blackstrap Molasses

I always have a big hunk of ginger root in my fridge and use it like crazy almost every day. When the holidays come around, gingerbread recipes are a no brainer.  Molasses is what gives gingerbread its rich deep color, and blackstrap molasses has its own health benefits. Blackstrap molasses is the molasses you should choose as it contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. Blackstrap molasses is absorbed more slowly than other sweeteners which helps to keep blood sugar stabilized. Combine ginger with blackstrap molasses and other healthy ingredients and you not only have a treat but something that is healthy and healing to the body.

History of Gingerbread

It seems that the first known gingerbread recipe was created in Greece in 2400 BC. It spread down through the centuries and across the world until now gingerbread is mostly commonly thought of as a holiday treat.

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It was Queen Elizabeth who invented the gingerbread man. She would serve these little gingerbread men to impress visiting dignitaries, making each gingerbread man to look like the guest.

Gingerbread is a part of American history as well. President George Washington found himself with an invoice for forty-nine pounds of “Cenemont [cinnamon] Gingerbread” that had arrived at Mount Vernon, and billed to the estate of Martha’s first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, who had died two years earlier. Paying the bill and making more purchases thereafter, it was well documented to be a part of the history of the Washington family. In fact, George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, made her famous gingerbread and served it to the Marquis de Lafayette when he visited her Fredericksburg, Virginia home. Soon after it was known as Gingerbread Lafayette. This gingerbread recipe was passed down through generations of Washingtons.

I love knowing how food can benefit the cells of the body. Food is woven into who we are. I find it fascinating to learn the history of foods, and also how we can incorporate them into helping us be healthy and taste delicious!

Check out my Gingerbread recipes and be happy, healthy, and filled with joy!

 

Gingerbread Bars with Kefir Frosting
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