Sunday, December 04, 2011

Crazy about ginger

I've discussed my love of ginger-flavored products in past blog posts, waxing poetic about ginger snap cookies and ginger spice lattes from Starbucks. Well, 'tis the season! Gingerbread is definitely one of my favorite sweet treats -- and, fortunately for me, it goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season. I've started to see some pretty fabulous-looking gingerbread houses decorating various store windows in recent weeks. And now I'm determined to whip up a batch of gingerbread or ginger cookies for the eight million holiday parties coming up. And yes, they will be sugar-free! Thank goodness for low-cal options. Check it out.

Ginger Snaps
Merry Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Cake

For any of you worried about adding gingerbread to the list of other holiday treats, you can take comfort in the fact that ginger provides a number of health benefits. For one, it has a long tradition of effectively alleviating symptoms of "gastrointestinal distress" - i.e., it's a nice cure for that belly-ache. Modern scientific research has also revealed it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects...all good news!
Another fun fact. According to the Guiness Book of Records, the world’s largest gingerbread man  was made by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce in Texas at their annual Festival of Lights celebration in December 2006. The gingerbread man weighed in at 1,308 lbs, 8 oz, and stood at over 20 feet.  Now, in honor of this being Sunday Funday, here are some fun clips featuring Gingy from the Shrek movies.

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