#EatWellLiveWell: Classic Gingerbread Cookies
With the holidays in full swing, it’s time of family meals, decorations and desserts. One particular dessert, gingerbread, may offer your family some tasty health benefits. Ginger has been used for its medicinal purposes as early as 200 B.C. in Greece, The Middle East and China as teas, candies and herbal remedies. Here are some of its proposed effects:
- Combat Motion Sickness. Dizziness, nausea and cold sweats are all familiar feelings to people plagued by motion sickness. Ginger is often used to help alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness or general nausea.
- Colorectal Cancer Protection. Gingerols, a component of ginger, may help protect against the growth and development of colorectal cancer cells.
- Fighting Arthritis and Muscle Pain. Gingerols may also offer anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief to individuals with arthritis and muscle pain.
Check out this deliciously delectable recipe for our savory gingerbread cookies!
Stats Source: University of Maryland Medical Center – Ginger
Recipe: Classic Gingerbread Cookies
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup molasses
- Cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. Blend the combination into the liquid mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet until all dough is used.
- Bake each sheet for eight to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from cookie sheets to cool. Frost or decorate for an extra little flair!
88 calories, 3.3g of total fat, 7mg of cholesterol, 103mg of sodium, 1g of protein, and 14g of carbohydrates.
*Do not take ginger supplements or consume large amounts of ginger if you have a bleeding disorder or it you are taking blood-thinning medications, including aspirin. Ginger may interact with blood-thinning, diabetes and high blood pressure medications.
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