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Cook up some holiday cheer - Healthy Desserts Tags: healthy desserts christmas kids health mental wellness word life production feature blog

Cookies, popcorn, and other kid-friendly holiday treats are often loaded with fat and sugar. Ditch the store-bought varieties and make these simple recipes with your young foodie. Make a treat together as a fun holiday activity, while taking the time to teach him or her about nutrition and cooking.

Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

Simple substitutions cut out fat and sugar without compromising flavor or fun. These Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies keep saturated fat and cholesterol low, while adding a punch of fiber.

Low-Cal Sugar Cookies

These low-cal sugar cookies are quick, easy to make, and guilt free; one will only set you back 69 calories.

Flavor your own popcorn

Cut out fat by flavoring your own popcorn using canola oil instead of butter; maple kettle corn and cinnamon-sugar are both perfect winter flavor combinations.

White Peppermint Snowballs

These White Peppermint Snowballs are easy to make with your favorite brand of packaged sugar-cookie dough, or dough you create yourself. Adding in some crushed peppermint candies makes them extra festive, and the minty smell may actually help you eat less.

White Chocolate Holiday Bark

Kids will love this White Chocolate Holiday Bark. This one isn’t necessarily low in calories, but it is low in cholesterol and sodium. This treat is also packed with heart-healthy dried cranberries and antioxidant-rich almonds.

Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies

These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They make a large batch and are extremely convenient, since you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as many cookies as you need.

Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies taste decadent, yet are made with ingredients that have healthful benefits: oats, almonds, fruit, and chocolate. The thumbprints are versatile as well — use a different type of filling or other extracts to create a completely different cookie.

Chocolate Coconut Meringues

These chocolate, coconut, and almond meringue cookies are so light and airy, they are a perfect little treat that's not too heavy.

Outrageous Macaroons

These luxurious macaroons studded with pistachios and dried cranberries hail from recipe developer Katie Webster. Although you can concoct them with either sweetened or unsweetened coconut, we find that the unsweetened packs a more coconutty wallop. For a variation, substitute chopped crystallized ginger and mini chocolate chips for the pistachios and cranberries.

Almond Cherry Bites

Dried cherries, ground almonds, and a drizzle of chocolate make these cookies festive for the holidays.

Dark Chocolate Florentines

Master of Fine Arts student Allyson Lea Smith consulted with her mother and baked at least six variations to create this healthier version of an oat-chocolate sandwich cookie.

Fig 'n' Flax Thumbprint Cookies

We love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.

Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

These spiced molasses cookies have applesauce to help keep them moist and whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains.

One Nutty Date

Financial adviser Linda Croley was inspired by childhood memories of a family treat when she created these peanut butter-date cookies. "I get a great feeling when I bite into these cookies and think of my family who are around me today and those whose memories I'll always cherish," says Croley. Once you try them, you may never make an ordinary peanut butter cookie again.

Ida's Mandelbrot

This tender-crisp, walnut-studded cookie (traditionally made with almonds, or mandel in Yiddish) was adapted from a 1950s family recipe.

Double Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chewies

These soft chocolate cookies have a big peanut flavor since they use both peanut butter and peanut butter chips.

Double Nut and Date Tassies

These two-bite pecan tart cookies satisfy the sweet tooth with far less guilt than pecan pie.

Pineapple Coconut Bites

A retired writing professor and mother of two daughters, Jessie Grearson got inspiration for these mini tart "cookies" from a pineapple-coconut bar that her mother used to make. Her version successfully uses whole-wheat pastry flour and less butter and sugar.

Source: Delish and  Health

Ice Cube is not just a classic hip hop legend but also a phenomenal actor & role model
Category: Classic Hip Hop
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Actor and rapper Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. With fellow rappers Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren, he rocketed to fame in the late 1980s as a member of the hard-hitting gangsta rap group, N.W.A. After breaking off on his own in '89, Cube has put together a successful recording and acting career, having appeared in the films Friday (1995), Barbershop (2002) and Are We There Yet?

Early Life

Rapper, actor and producer Ice Cube was born O'Shea Jackson on June 15, 1969, in South Central Los Angeles, California. Ice Cube was raised by his mother—Doris—who worked as a hospital clerk, while his father—Hosea—was a groundskeeper at the University of California, Los Angeles.

With a set of strong parents behind him, Cube was able to navigate the tricky landscape that was his neighborhood, which became increasingly shaped by drugs, guns and violence. Cube was a good student who was passionate about football and music.

When Cube reached his teens, his parents pulled him out of his local school and bussed him to a suburban high school in the San Fernando Valley. For the young Cube, who'd known little beyond the deteriorating South Central L.A., the affluence and stability that marked his new surroundings left a deep impression. He saw his hometown in a new light and wondered why the violence and drugs that were wreaking havoc on it weren't generating more attention.

As he saw more of his friends get killed or go to jail, Cube became determined to create a better life for himself. After high school, he enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology, where he earned a two-year degree in drafting in 1988.

N.W.A.

Around this time, he also continued to get involved in music, with much of his interest focused on the still emerging world of rap. He started writing his first raps in high school, and in the mid-1980s started a group with two others called CIA. The group, and Cube in particular, soon caught the attention of another up-and-coming rapper, Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre.

Together, the two teamed up with a small crew of other young rappers (DJ Yella, Eazy-E and MC Ren) to form N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude).

Considered one of the pioneers of gangsta rap, N.W.A.'s hard-hitting sound and lyrics jolted the music industry, all the while selling millions of records. The group's second album, Straight Outta Compton (1988) rocketed the young men to fame. Anchored by the controversial hit "F*** tha Police," the record made them one of the most contentious groups in the music business, while also delving into the complicated divide between black youth and law enforcement.

Other Endeavors

Cube's involvement with N.W.A. came to screeching halt in 1989. Angered over how little he'd been paid, he bolted the group and went solo. A year later, he released the first of several critically acclaimed albums, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. In 2013, he released his tenth studio album, Everythang's Corrupt.

Around the time of his departure from N.W.A., Cube launched his movie career with a highly praised performance in the John Singleton directed coming-of-age 'hood film, Boyz n the Hood (1992). Over the years, he's had major roles in several other successful films, including the Friday (1995) film series, Three Kings (1999) and Barbershop (2002).

Still, for all his success, Cube hasn't forgotten his roots. "I keep the fire in me," he said. "You gotta be able to survive in whatever environment you find yourself in. The 'hood means everything to me. You never know when you could wind up back there."

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