Giada De Laurentiis' Simple Ginger Tea Will Help Get You Ready For Fall

As the seasons change and temperatures cool down, it's only natural that our bodies need some time to adjust in the fall. There are plenty of mainstay ideas for this time of year, including soups, stews, and let's not forget pumpkin spice lattes. However, sometimes you just want something that will warm you up and give you a much-needed energy boost without consuming too many additional calories. Italian-American chef and cookbook writer Giada De Laurentiis shares the perfect solution on her blog Giadzy, and the best part is, it's quick and easy to make.

In the video on her blog, viewers can follow a simple preparation for a spicy ginger tea, which the chef aptly refers to as the ultimate cold weather fighter. To start, set out a saucepan and bring some water to a boil. Next, peel and slice a chunk of ginger and add it into the water along with some fresh mint leaves. Cut up some lemon while keeping the peel on and add it to the boiling water. Allow the contents to steep in the water for a few minutes, then serve it once it has slightly cooled down. Although you can purchase store-bought ginger tea blends, De Laurentiis prefers an intense ginger flavor, which she says you can obtain by brewing it yourself.

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Giada De Laurentiis shares the video for this cold weather beverage on the Giadzy Instagram account too, and most viewers seem eager to try it out. A handful of followers remarked that they make similar preparations, adding turmeric or honey in some cases. One fan commented, "So good and soothing," which was echoed by another person that said, "This is always my go-to when I don't feel well." Even if you're feeling in tip-top shape, you'll feel extra good when you drink this mixture thanks to what one follower describes as, "the zippiness of the ginger."

As De Laurentiis points out in the Giadzy blog post, ginger is an excellent option for digestive relief. BBC Good Food seconds this point, adding that the plant reduces nausea. Meanwhile, a 2017 study published in Nutrition demonstrated that decreased hypertension might be related to increased ginger consumption. As De Laurentiis points out, sipping on this spicy ginger tea will also keep you warm as the cold temperatures hit. Chinese medicine has long taken advantage of this benefit, which has been further studied and understood in a scientific context. According to a 2019 research study published in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design, it appears that ginger actually augments metabolic functions, which is what keeps you warm and toasty as temperatures drop.