Ginger Goodness: Ginger Zucchini Muffin Recipe

Ginger Love (and Muffins)

Ginger Love (and Muffins)

I adore ginger. I suffer from a myriad of maladies that all culminate in a queasy stomach, let alone the three times I was pregnant and had all day, whole pregnancy sickness! I learned quickly just how important ginger products were. Plus, it’s just plain good for you.

So, it is my honor to share this fantastic gingerrifc recipe with you!

Healthy & Scrumptious Ginger Zucchini Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unbleached white flour
  2. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 T baking powder
  5. ¼ cup The Ginger People® Organic Ginger Syrup
  6. 2 eggs
  7. ½ cup milk
  8. ⅓ cup sunflower oil
  9. 1 cup grated zucchini
  10. ¼ cup The Ginger People® Crystallized Ginger
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400˚.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients (dry ingredients) and lightly whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients, whisk until blended.
  4. Pour liquid ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and stir until barely combined.
  5. Fold in zucchini and ginger without over mixing the batter.
  6. Scoop into prepared muffin pan and bake for 18-20 minutes until muffins spring back and have a slight golden color to the tops.
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Featured ginger products for this recipe:

 

Organic Ginger Syrup

Organic Ginger Syrup  

Organic Crystallized Ginger

Organic Crystallized Ginger

 

Abe’s Market is an affiliate I trust for the best sources of ginger products. Ginger is the spice of life, yes?

 

I am curious how many grow and/or crystallize their own ginger? That may be something I should try in the future!

Halloween: Fun or Green?

Halloween Green Tips 

Halloween: Fun or Green?

I ask this question in all honesty. It comes from a well-intentioned place, an inner child who loves this holiday to this day. Bring on the pumpkins, witches, the vampires, the ghosties, and a sprinkle of faries and princess too; the sprinkly pink can’t be avoided. Bring on the treats and maybe the tricks. Most of all bring on the fun.

Halloween is supposed to be fun isn’t it?

But right about now you are going to see articles and blogs espousing the green virtue in all things. For many people this means no fun. I am here to tell you it does not have to be an either or, but something that goes hand in hand and really harkens to another era. 

And please people, no naughty leopard costumes for toddlers. Seriously, that is the opposite of fun.

So how can you have a fun and green Halloween?

Costumes.

Your children do not need store-bought costumes every single year. Some of the most fun, most creative costumes I have seen were made with homemade ingenuity. I have always been a big fan of buying or using something practical that can be used all year combined with something upcycled or simply whimsical.

Hand me down costumes are not looked down upon and can always be spruced up to fit a younger child’s sense of style. If you, friends or neighbors, collect dress-up clothes throughout the year then use these for finishing touches or unexpected flourishes. Anything and everything should be viewed as potential costume ideas.

Treats.

No, you don’t have to be known as the dude who hands out toothbrushes every Halloween, although I have heard that coins go over well with the younger crowd! There are plenty of tasty treats to serve up at Halloween parties and on the big night itself that are safer, healthier, and make you feel better about indulging too.

There are great ways to decorate healthier snacks for Halloween parties using foods like string cheese, tomatoes, orange peppers, apples, raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds, popcorn, fingers, – in other words, whole foods. Peel ‘em, cook ‘em, slice ‘em, and arrange them just so for the perfect party.

When it comes to trick-or-treat, we all know we need easy to grab and, likely, individually packaged. This is when you need to decide what comes first, environmental and social justice for all, or more money in your pocket at the end of the night. No judgment here, I know what I can afford and it isn’t always fair trade chocolate, even though I would want to.

The top eco-choices fall under a few different categories: fair trade, organic, homemade, or at the very least natural (and I mean real ingredients, no artificial flavors, colors, sugar substitutes, or anything unpronounceable). Green Halloween has an excellent list, but I am telling you, if you want to be fun, combine a treasure with a treat if you feel like going that route.

Spooky Decor.

Decor is one of the best ways to make your home feel spooky, creepy, and ready for little ones to grace your door. Decorations can be recycled, upcycled, handmade, homemade, eco-friendly, and best of all, they can last from year to year.

When you choose handmade goods from a mamapreneur for some eco-friendly green Halloween decor, you know exactly what you’re getting – and you know it will last. If you choose to create fun projects with your kids and for your home, you’re getting the best of both worlds and the style will get to improve with age.  

 

I will be updating my Pinterest board throughout this month, so be sure to follow and find your own inspiration!

 

Take Action!

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  • Don’t let the Halloween Horrors of artificial dyes, preservatives, GMOs and more get you down. There are healthier options and Almost All The Truth with Green Halloween can show you! http://www.almostallthetruth.com/green-living/halloween-fun-or-green
  • Want a greener Halloween but no clue where to begin? Green Halloween has all the answers. 
  • The thought of an environmentally inefficient Halloween is enough to raise the dead! Check out Green Halloween Carnival Green Halloween to have a greener, healthier, and happier holiday.

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Save the date for all things green and Halloween! Be prepared to come with your own tips and don’t forget to spread the word! Put this shindig on the calendar for October 1st 6pm EST / 3pm PST!

Green Halloween Carnival

This post was written for inclusion in the Green Halloween Carnival. This is a must visit page for all of your green Halloween needs! From special diet considerations for your kiddos to the great purge, there is something for everyone!

 

Exploring Solar Energy

Exploring Solar Energy

Exploring Solar Energy

 

More and more people have begun embracing renewable energy as a viable alternative to the status quo at a rate of about 20% a year for more than a decade. The statistics show we will continue to see an increase of advanced photovoltaic projects throughout the country in the coming years. While our current form of harvesting the sun’s power may be new – with the technology getting better all the time – the attempt is most definitely not.

People who lived about 6,000 years ago recognized how precious the sun’s energy was. If houses were built correctly, they could hold the sun’s energy in winter. Later solar energy was used as an alternative to firewood and heating water for some industry. Later still innovators like da Vinci and Einstein began the work that looks familiar to us today. We have been trying to escape the limits of finite resources for ages. Sometimes we do have to look back to go forward.

Don’t you need to live in a desert?

It may surprise you that the rainy Pacific Northwest supports great innovation in solar energy use through America’s first Solar Highway Project and the Northwest’s largest distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems on ten warehouse rooftops. We have a progressive utility supported by forward-thinking leaders, businesses, and communities. 

Quick Facts on Solar Energy:

  • Solar PV power creates no pollution and does not emit greenhouse gases.
  • Everywhere in the continental United States has greater solar potential than solar leader Germany.
  • Every hour the sun beams more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.
  • Solar energy is becoming increasingly affordable.

 

I am sure you are thinking by now that solar energy is pretty awesome. Have you thought about adding solar PV panels to your home or business? Why or why not?

 

 

 

Save the Children. Get Ready. Get Safe.

Colorado National Guard - Colorado Flooding

Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. CONG are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles. (Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/RELEASED)

 

Imagine a scene… A state that has been in drought for far too long and many areas have been ravaged by wildfire in recent years, but finally this state starts to get some much-needed rain. It rains and rains and rains: 14.62 inches in four days, including 9.08 inches on one day alone! This, in a place whose previously wettest September day, over 100 years ago, had only 3.05 inches. Can you imagine what happened next?

As I am sure you are figuring out, this is no hypothetical. Colorado is devastated from flash floods (some fatal), breaking dams, and mudslides. Some people are stranded and must await rescue while others were able to evacuate more safely. Either way, this is a serious disaster.

Is America prepared to protect its children in disasters?

Save the Children - Children in Disasters

 

Now imagine a disaster in your area: earthquake, tornado, hurricane, flood, fire, shootings. Your child, grandchild, niece, nephew – someone you love – is in school or child care. What measures are there to protect children in these situations? That is what Save the Children began asking after 2005′s Hurricane Katrina and this year’s disaster report card is shocking. 

Save the Children’s Get Ready. Get Safe project produces yearly disaster report cards which track state’s progress on four critical standards; states require all child care centers have:

  1. an evacuation plan,
  2. a family reunification plan,
  3. a plan for children with special needs,
  4. that states require all schools to have disaster plans that account for multiple types of hazards.

Amazingly, 28 states (and D.C.) fail to meet basic emergency planning standards for children. Only four states took action to protect them by adhering to these minimum standards. Minimum! These are our children and we should expect better.

Does your state protect children in disasters?

It is easy to view how your state fares by checking the U.S. Preparedness Map. Remember, all states have to do is meet four minimum standards showing how they will protect children in school or child care in a disaster.

Children In Disasters - Oregon

 

I am so disappointed in Oregon. This is the best we can do? I won’t believe it.

Take Action

If your state gets an unsatisfactory rating – all states besides the four who recognize the importance of disaster planning for children: New Jersey, Tennessee, Nebraska and Utah – then I know you will want to take action to change it!

  1. Speak up! Send a letter to your state’s governor. Easy and effective.
  2. Help children affected by disasters by donating to Save the Children’s Get Ready. Get Safe. project.
  3. Check out Save the Children’s Disaster Checklists. There is one for parents and one for child care professionals. Not sure if your child care has a disaster plan? Print it out and start a conversation with your provider!
  4. Spread the word.

 

This post was written for the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls.