Ginger! Ah, ginger, proclaimed by so many to be the One True Cure for nausea!
For my experiment I bought Ginger Altoids, ginger ale, and crystallized ginger. I also baked ginger snaps with extra ginger, made a batch of Healthy Pancakes (this recipe below) with ginger, and put the ginger container on the counter to add to various things, including the ginger ale since I'd read that not all ginger ale contains actual ginger.
My conclusion: it's no help. Also, the crystallized ginger was VILE and I threw it out.
Ginger can be a comforting flavor, but it didn't help with my nausea. And I will say this, without making it clear how I came to possess this information: ginger ale is a particularly revolting substance to throw up.
Some of the places that mention ginger say that it has to be FRESH ginger, and perhaps that is the issue here. I started getting nervous, though, about all the warnings that too much ginger (without ever defining "too much") could cause miscarriage.
As Promised Above, the Healthy Pancakes Recipe
2 eggs (or 4 egg whites)
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked
1 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt
2 packets Splenda
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
(or other spices such as ginger and cloves, in similar quantities)
sliced banana (optional)
In a blender or food processor, blend together all ingredients until smooth (and no little escapist oaties clinging to the sides). Spray skillet with cooking spray and set temperature to medium-hot. Add batter to heated skillet and top with sliced banana if desired; cook until sides are browned.
This is not exactly a breathtakingly delicious recipe, but it's hearty and filling and I've come to enjoy it now that I no longer expect a pancake but rather this substitute. I don't use banana, because I don't like bananas and particularly not warm bananas, but the original recipe included it.
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