Types of food to serve at your Labor Day cookout

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Labor Day is the last big holiday of the summer, so it is a marvelous opportunity to serve all your favorite summer foods. If you intend to host a memorable Labor Day cookout, it is important to plan the menu so that you will serve refreshing summer party foods. Think of all summer foods that are seasonal, colorful and ridiculously delicious. A Labor Day cookout is a perfect way for families and friends to bond so you need to serve foods that will lift your spirits and keep the celebrations all day long. Besides, it is advisable to eliminate any frostings but without sacrificing taste.

Salads

Eating healthy is important but on a Labor Day cookout, no one has the time. It is, therefore, essential to craft salads that will hit the spot for both the flavor conscious and healthy; a freshly chopped Italian Salad will do the trick. You overindulged during the summer and Labor Day is here, and you are not feeling your best. You want to clean out your system and that of anyone else with whom you might share the fate. A burst of fresh peppers, lettuce and tomatoes will work perfectly well. This salad should not be overly dressed so that the taste of the vegetables can come alive.

Smoothies

Smoothies are a wonderful way of adding optimal amounts of nutritious vegetables and fruits to your Labor Day meal. Fast and healthy, they can be enjoyed any time of the day. Depending on your tastes and preferences, you can choose to have a green smoothie- made from leafy, fresh veggies, incredibly healthy and packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, a cleansing smoothie, a tropical smoothie- made with mango, coconut water, pineapple and banana, a summer smoothie, cashew-nut smoothie or a delicious chocolate smoothie. Instead of fruit juices, have these smoothies as they are a richer source of fiber.

Desserts

For a sweet end of your Labor Day meal, serve desserts. It is time to make great memories for your Labor Day cookout. When the summer sun is shining, it is hard to contemplate spending time whisking, beating and baking on the last big holiday of the summer. Instead of focusing on heavy after-meal options, serve a light and refreshing alternative; a cookie. When serving a dessert for a Labor Day cookout, it is important to introduce a crisp, sweet and more refreshing flavor to the meal. When putting together a Labor Day cookout menu, it should be all about realizing a balance of flavors. So remember with a sweet and refreshing dessert you can bring the meal to a delicious close.

The nest time you are hosting a Labor Day cookout and are looking for meals that taste like a million dollars, try the foods above. They are simple to prepare, easy on your pocket and the epitome of comfort meals. By the end of the day, you will have impressed your guests with these individual meals.

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Back to school time: Tips for what to pack in your child’s lunch

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A new school term is a perfect time to revamp the game plan for packing your child’s lunch. Whether it is just a quick break from schoolwork or for gathering energy levels at a Summer camp, nothing excites a kid quite like a pack healthy lunch. Ditch the cream-filled cakes and over-processed foods and opt for healthy items that pack a nutritional punch. With proper planning, you can stop the morning rush that mostly results in stuffing high-salt, high-fat foods in a bag while your child sprints of to catch the school bus. Here are some foods to pack in your child’s lunch box for a perfect day at school.

Mini-Pizza Thursday

This is probably the lunchbox version of literally every child’s favorite food. Small bread toasts, crackers, baby pitas or flatbreads are all possible options for pizza to fit your child’s little hands. You could even involve your kids to gather the ingredients and let them pick on the choices they love best. You can go ahead to add various colorful fruits and vegetables for a wholesome meal. Also, remember to include an element of fun!

Mediterranean Monday

For your child’s lunchbox, a healthy Mediterranean meal should not miss out especially on the first day of the week. If you barely have sufficient time in the morning to pack a nice lunch for your school-going kid, you can opt for a meal that can be made in a flash and taste as delicious as it is healthy. You can make a batch of hummus for a fun dip with the veggies. A single scoop of hummus is rich in protein, filled with healthy fats and lots of minerals and vitamins. Besides, it is an ideal remedy for lunchtime hunger, and it’s a good way to slip some tasty vegetables into your kid’s meal. Some celery sticks and carrots will help them dip in. Remember to add enough for the friends to try too; sharing is caring.

Eggs in a Nest Friday Lunch

Leave alone the soggy sandwiches and extremely processed packaged snacks. With proper planning and preparation, your child is just about to discover yet another reason to love their Friday. Fun and filled with extreme crunchy goodness- an egg sits on a nest of shredded carrots and surrounded by a small vegetable garden. This meal for your kid’s Friday lunch never fails to spark their imagination.

Amazing Cookies

Kids love a yummy cookie. Forget about the cookies from the local bakery. Pack some homemade cookies in your child’s lunch box or better yet order some from The Black and White Cookie Company instead. Be a bright spark and make them more memorable by using natural coloring for a cookie they will not forget anytime soon. In fact, it does take a little while to come off your kid’s tongue.

Going to school for some kids might be fun, but as the hours go by, energy flags and crankiness sets in. These four easy-to-carry foods are guaranteed to lift your child’s spirit and keep them humming all along.

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A Brief History of the Cookie

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In America, the cookie is defined as a thin, sweet, small cake. However, by definition the cookie can one of the many, hand-held, flavor-based sweet cakes, either soft or crisp. A cookie is a small-sized, flat-shaped, sweet, backed snack usually made with flour, sugar, eggs and cooking oil. It may also have other ingredients such as nuts, raisins, and oats. The earliest cookies are estimated to date back in the seventh century Persia (now Iran), one of the pioneer countries to cultivate sugar. They are believed to have come from a short period of the use of sugar became popular in the Persian region. With the Muslim invasion of Spain, the ingredients and cooking techniques of the cookie were spread to Europe and by the 14th century, they had already become common to people from all walks of the society from street vendors to royal cuisines. In the 15th century, cookies had become an important symbol of Christmas and were mostly associated with that day. People had to eat cookies for Christmas and the majority, Christmas was just an ordinary day with the absence of cookies. With time, kids even forgot about Santa and paid more attention to the cookies.

With global traveling becoming so much widespread at that time, cookies became a natural travel companion for many people and a modernized equivalent of travel cakes so much used throughout history. One of the early cookies that became so much popular was the jumble. This cookie traveled particularly well and became known on almost every continent. It was relatively hard made from water, nuts and sweeteners. Cookies were introduced in the United States of America by the Dutch in New Amsterdam in the late 17th century. Currently, the earliest reference of cookies in the states dates back in 1703 when 800 cookies were provided by the Dutch in a New York funeral. The modern-day cookie, given its kind of styling by creaming of sugar and butter, was not so common until the beginning of the 18th century.

The formulation recipe for cookies is far much different from that of cakes and other sweetened bread because it has abandoned water as an ingredient in most of its forms. Putting water in the cakes helps make the base thin allowing the bubbles responsible for the fluffiness to form better. For the cookie, oils from lard, butter or vegetable oils have become the most common agent of cohesion.

Initially, cookies were mass-produced in large factories but with the technological revolution, many people are opting to make them at home. The ingredients required are similar to those used in many household cooking activities thus home-made cookies have become the new thing. Many people prefer serving cookies with beverages like coffee, tea or milk, but they can also be taken alone because of their crisp nature.

Currently, cookies have become very common and have increased in versatility and diversity. Now, you can enjoy an oval-shaped or bar-shaped cookie. Additionally, new cookie ingredients have been discovered, tested and are now being used to bake cookies that are delicious than ever before.

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Top Desserts Enjoyed by Children Everywhere

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Whether they finish their broccoli or not, children will never miss room for some tasty treat. What’s more surprising is that no-fuss recipes are required to satisfy a kid’s sweet tooth. There are a couple of desserts that can sweep children of their feet, and their deliciousness is incomparable to the famous ice cream trolley. Desserts for children are hassle-free and can be the best way to lure kids to your party. Here is a collection of some of the top desserts enjoyed by children almost everywhere.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches have always been a favorite treat for adults and so can they be for kids. The calorie count of store-purchased ice cream sandwiches is between 150 and 500. What’s so common about the store-purchased versions is that they have lots of additives, oils, corn syrup and simple carbs. Why not make your sandwiches at home? If you want an ice cream sandwich on a stick, you can make a whole oatmeal cookie and fill it with some creamy Haagen-Dazs. This is much healthier than the store-bought sandwiches because it involves a smaller bite with real ingredients so you will feel satisfied while keeping the yucky additives and other stuff off your body. Lighten things up for your kids by sprucing the sandwich with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.

Apple Pie

Are you looking for a dessert that has all the sweetness and homeness of an apple with less sugar and fat? Apple pies are the way to go. Baked in a real wholesome apple, they are topped with a small circle of cream which cuts down the fat. A bonus is that they boast of a natural serving size which is ideal for those who do not always pick the thinnest sliver of the pie.

Strawberry Milkshake

Almost every kid loves a thick, creamy strawberry milkshake for their dessert. However, high-calorie drinks can leave children, and other shake-lovers are feeling hungry even if they have gobbled more than 500 calories. The best way to lighten up this dessert for kids is by making a pink, strawberry grapefruit smoothie that is more than just sweet and healthy. Don’t be surprised to see kids queuing up for a second helping.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

One of the best ways to boost your kids’ nutrition is by adding some protein to their favorite treat. These deliciously chewy cookies usually feature an array of satisfying ingredients such as flax seeds, whole grain oatmeal, and almond meal.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your favorite cookie might not exactly be good for every kid or child who attends your party. Besides, chocolate chip cookies are more than just tasty, and the odds are slim that kids will only pick one from the tray. These cookies have some healthy tricks up their sleeve, and your children should enjoy a few for a satisfying dessert.

Delicious, fun-filled desserts can be a good way to have kids lick their fingers back home. Of course, second helpings are not allowed for desserts, but you offer something finger-licking, then nothing will stop the kids from queuing up for a few rounds.

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What Are the Top Three Types or Groups of Cookie Lovers?

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Kids take the prize when it comes to the top 3 types or groups of people that are cookie lovers. A second group could be described as furry blue monsters that eat cookies by the dozen. In all seriousness, cookie monsters are of course fictional, but let’s go back to the kids that love their cookies. I have a story about that.

I love cookies, but I don’t buy them as often as I want them because of two things, my budget and just watching my diet. I’m 35, so I kind of have to worry about stuff like that, at least a little bit. So the other day I bought cookies along with some other stuff, and I got on the elevator when I got back. A family was on there with a kid who immediately noticed I had cookies and mentioned them out loud! Kids will notice when cookies are around, and they always are in the mood for them.

The second group of people that love cookies is older people. Seniors love their cookies, and they love to give their grandkids cookies. Sometimes older people are a little out of touch with what the new generations like, but who in the world can keep up with the cookie world these days anyway. There is a whole section devoted to nearly 20 types of Oreo cookies and then think about all the other types of cookies there are.

You can get fresh baked cookies from delis. One of my favorites is the oatmeal raisin cookies, and another of my favorites is the Mega Stuff Oreo cookies. I also like the Chips Ahoy cookies that are soft batch and filled with fudge. In fact, I could go on and on about all the different types of great cookies out there. You don’t just have to get fresh baked cookies from the deli either because you can bake them yourself at home, too.

My sister is the best at baking cookies, but she doesn’t make them from scratch. My dad used to make them from scratch, but they weren’t the best in the world. It’s the thought that counts. My mom’s neighbor makes great cookies and other homemade treats during the holidays and hands them out to all her neighbors. So far, I’ve identified two of the three top types or groups of people that are cookie lovers.

The third group of people that are cookie lovers are people that aren’t on a strict diet. People that are trying to watch their weight often don’t eat as many cookies, as I mentioned about myself earlier. Of course, there are many subgroups of people that commonly like cookies. You can group them up anyway you like, but there are plenty of cookie lovers out there.

When you’re in the grocery store, it’s almost like they have their own aisle. What cookie lover group do you fall into? I may have eaten more cookies when I was younger, but I would still say I’m a cookie monster myself.

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