Healthier Cut Out Cookie Recipe
½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup quinoa flour or all-purpose flour*
¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
⅛ tsp. salt
Mix butter in mixing bowl about two minutes until creamy.
Add sugar and continue mixing. Scarp sides of bowl once or twice. Mix for another 2-3 minutes.
Add vanilla and egg, mix well. Stop mixing and scrape bowl.
In another medium bowl combine the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Whisky to blend. Keep mixer running on low speed while slowing adding flour mixture. Mix until combined.
Remove dough two inch thick discs. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes at least. Two days max.
When chilled remove one disk from the fridge. Put rack in middle of oven and heat to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
Cover surface in flour, roll dough out to quarter inch thickness. Cut out cookies and repeat until dough is used.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Rotate sheet part way through. Cookies should be golden brown underneath.
Not exactly health food, but in honor of the rare Blue Moon Halloween Miami area Denny’s will be serving a special version of its famous “Moons Over My Hammy” breakfast sandwich.
The chain restaurant will be serving a different version of the sandwich because of the Blue Moon’s cross over with the Halloween holiday that hasn’t happened since 1944. The sandwich was originally inspired by the the 1930’s jazz hit “Moon Over Miami” and has been one of the franchise’s best sellers since it came out in the 1990’s.
The sandwich will be pretty familiar: ham, scrambled eggs, Swiss and American cheese etc. However, the sourdough bread will be dyed bull. Hence the “Blue Moons Over My Hammy” sandwich.
The sandwich is available for one day only in 20 locations in the Miami-Dade area on 31 October 2020.
DoorDash recently made a public statement announcing its partnering with Sam’s Club to offer same-day prescription delivery service to patients all over the United States.
The deal will involved five hundred Sam’s Club locations in 41 states. The program will be implanted through the Drive software other businesses use to integrate delivery into their online businesses. In this instance customers have to begin with initiating the service through the wholesaler.
According to COO Christopher Payne, expanding beyond food delivery has always been part of the vision but the pandemic brought on the importance of offering this kind of same day delivery of other essentials, like prescriptions.
This will be the first kind of large scale, non-food partnership for DoorDash.
File this one under “mental health”—Krispy Kreme wants Americans to celebrate their “doughmocracy” this election day by giving away a free doughnut and a “I Voted sticker on Election Day 3 Nov. 2020.
Krispy Kreme is not requiring any kind of proof of voting to participate. They are hoping to draw large crowds from those who are out and about on election day by offering up a free, Original Glazed doughnut.
They also stated that for those who didn’t get their “I Voted” sticker because they voted early or by mail that the company has people covered there too.
This would not be the first time the famous doughnut maker Krispy Kreme has given away doughnuts to mark a special occasion. Earlier in 2020, they gave out the so-called “Graduate Dozen” boxes to any high school or college senior who had a graduation canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter or hormone that maintains mood and well-being. It helps regulate appetite, sleep, learning, memory and cognition.
Sounds like something we could all use more of, doesn’t it? You aren’t wrong. Low serotonin levels are linked to depression.
What can you do to increase your serotonin levels?
For one, you can exercise regularly. Anything you enjoy will do. From simply taking walks, to yoga, cycling or weight training. 30 minutes three times a week is a recommended minimum to see results for increased serotonin.
Second, a better diet can. Serotonin is created by the body from tryptophan which comes only from one’s diet. The body cannot produce it. Some common, high-tryptophan foods are: eggs, sa
Getting more light is a third thing you can do to help. You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a type of seasonal depression caused primarily by lack of light. If you can’t make it out in the day time there are many sun lamps on the market. 20-30 minutes of from 2 feet away, not looking at the light directly, should help increase serotonin levels.
A fourth thing to try is getting a massage. Massages decrease cortisol, the alarm hormone (that causes the fight or flight response). Unreleased cortisol can cause anxiety by keeping you on “high alert” and increase your heart rate. Massages will lower cortisol and increase serotonin.