We know this zesty boost (hands down my top pick) is an A-plus remedy for nausea and upset stomachs; it’s also used to fight osteoarthritis pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties. There’s more: A study published earlier this year found that a small dose of dried ginger eaten in the morning upped fat burning by 13.5 percent for two hours.
Add it: Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger with a few melted dark chocolate squares and drizzle it over fruit. You can also add it to homemade vinaigrettes or a simple stir-fry sauce made from brown rice vinegar, a splash of freshly squeezed citrus juice, minced garlic and a pinch of cayenne or crushed red pepper.
1-inch piece = 2 calories