Pumpkin + Oatmeal = delicious, energizing breakfast. Green girl: get in your kitchen and get cooking today!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Yields: 2 servings
Adding some seasonal squash into your oatmeal creates a beautiful melding of flavors. Add pumpkin puree and spices to oats for a healthy breakfast that seems more like a treat!
Ingredients: 1 cup filtered water 3/4 cup almond milk (or soy, rice, or organic milk) pinch of salt 1 cup regular rolled oats 1/4-1/3 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice -- 2 tablespoons organic sucanat* (or organic brown sugar) Pecans
Procedure: Add the first 6 ingredients into a pot and mix together. Turn the heat on the lowest setting, cover the pot, and let mixture warm up for 10-15 minutes (this is the perfect time to get your makeup done, do a few crunches, walk the dog, etc).
Uncover the pot (the oatmeal should look dry and not-so-liquidy) and stir continuously, making the oatmeal mixture very sticky and chewy. When the oatmeal reaches desired consistency, stir in the sucanat.
Divide oatmeal into two bowls and top with pecans.
*Sucanat is a natural, whole cane sugar. It can be purchased at most grocery stores in the organic/natural foods sections.
November 1 is the start of many things. It’s the start of daylight savings. It’s the start of a new month. And it marks the official start of National Goal-setting Week.
Goal-setting is a great technique to help you think about your ideal future and make it happen! By really thinking about specific, clearly-defined goals, you can pave the way to your personal dreams and desires.
Remember: You have the power to create the future you want.
So take out a pen and paper and start brainstorming.
Try answering this question: If your life could be anything you wanted it to be, what would it be right now? This question may spark some ideas for goals you’d like to set and achieve.
Want to celebrate Halloween the Green Girl way? It’s simple!
Here are our fabulous tips for celebrating a happy and eco-friendly Halloween: - Purchase organic, earth-friendly treats to pass out to trick-or-treaters. - Make a homemade costume out of outfits and materials you already own. - Purchasing a store-bought costume? Don’t feel the pressure to dress the way your friends want you to dress; don’t follow the crowd. Instead, be whoever you want to be and dress however you want to dress—that’s the whole point of Halloween anyway! (see our previous post on Halloween Costume Drama) - Leaving the house for the night? Turn off all the lights and unplug your electrics. - Use a reusable bag or container for trick-or-treating. Skip the plastic bags—they end up in a landfill after you use them, and pollute the earth. - Carve a pumpkin. Then, use the seeds and innards to make delicious pumpkin dishes. - Create a spooky atmosphere for your visitors with earth-friendly candles. Try all-natural soy candles. - Throw a green Halloween party!
Get Green Girl wants to know:
How do you celebrate Halloween green? Share your stories and tips!
In honor of Halloween, let’s talk about tricks and treats….well actually, let’s talk about the hidden tricks within treats.
As most of you know, candy is best consumed in moderation (only once in awhile). Here’s why:
- Candy is high in white sugar—a highly refined product. A refined product undergoes various chemical processes to remove all original and healthy nutrients. - Candy has no nutrient-value; it is “empty calories.” - Sugar consumption affects the following organs: spleen-pancreas, stomach, kidney, and liver. - Sugar passes quickly into the bloodstream and in doing so, shocks and weakens the digestive system resulting in blood sugar imbalances that create cravings for more sugar. - Refined sugar consumption is linked to all contemporary degenerative health problems, including (but not limited to) weight gain issues and chronic diseases.
Even sugar-free candies can be harmful to your health; these types of candies contain man-made artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes): aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. There is much medical evidence that supports the dangers of artificial sweeteners. Read this.
But don’t fret Green Girls—you can still participate in all of the treat-eating this holiday season and still feel good about your choices.
Below is a list of all-natural candy-product alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween: (I have tasted all of these products, and as a person with a HUGE sweet tooth, I highly-recommend these treats to anyone and everyone)
Halloween--a night where you can be virtually anyone you want to be. But let’s face it: most of us end up dressing just like the others.
Case in point: My 23-year-old cousin is not one to follow the crowd. She’s a hairdresser with a cool style and a confident swagger (yea I said it). Last year she attended a Halloween party with her boyfriend, and she dressed as Charlie Chaplin, moustache and all.
When she walked into the party, her excitement over her costume turned to shear embarrassment. Every girl at the party was wearing one of those sexy costumes; you know, the mini, oh-so-revealing versions of regular Halloween costumes.
So instead of enjoying herself at this Monster Mash Bash, she spent the whole time dodging glares and hanging out in the corner by herself.
This year, she’s decided to forgo her creativity to dress just like the other girls. That way, she says, she’ll “avoid another mortifying experience.”
To this day, that Alice in Wonderland outfit is still in its package, tucked into the bottom, far part of my dresser drawer. I never wore the outfit! And I missed out on Halloween with my friends simply because I didn’t feel comfortable wearing a sexy costume. I didn’t even consider that maybe I could just wear something else, something I’d feel more comfortable in.
Here’s what I’m trying to say: be whoever/whatever you want to be this Halloween (that’s the whole point of it anyway!). Don’t let your friends or your favorite fashion magazines tell you what to wear! You have to feel comfortable in your costume, whether it’s a sexy Arabian-girl two-piece OR a hefty, multi-layered Santa Claus Suit. -- Get Green Girl wants to know: Girls, do you ever feel pressured to dress a certain way during Halloween? Have you ever chosen a costume for the mere purpose of fitting in? Tell us your story!
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In the meantime, do you know what we’re all about?
Get Green Girl is a motivational speaking series ultimately aimed at teaching teenaged girls about self-acceptance, achieving their dreams, and making a difference in the world.
We come to you—in your schools, rec centers, places of worship, favorite hangouts, etc—and talk to you about living fabulously green and getting happy.
Here are some upcoming workshop themes: -Changing Your Food/Diet Mentality For Good -Realizing Your Self-Worth and Purpose -Learning to Pamper and Take Care of Yourself -Achieving Your Innermost Desires and Dreams -Making a Difference and Standing Up for Green Living
Get Green Girl empowers teen girls to be the best, most fabulous versions of themselves while positively impacting the world around them. We provide girls with modern-day tips on living fabulously green and loving yourself as you are.