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5 Savory Ice-Cream Sandwiches Every Dessert Lover Can’t Miss

5 Savory Ice-Cream Sandwiches Every Dessert Lover Can’t Miss

Ice-Cream Sandwiches are a perfect summer dessert – they usually require no cooking time and cool you down when you most need it. But don’t think that these delicious sweets are all about putting ready-made ingredients together. With a bit of creativity and effort, you can also make these from scratch. If you are a true dessert lover, we’re sure you will appreciate these five savory ice cream sandwiches we picked out to make your summer days complete.

1. Chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches
Chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches

    These are pretty simple to make, and we’re sure your kids will love them too. It’s best to eat them with freshly made chewy cookies, but store bought is OK as well. To make these, take two home-made or store-bought chocolate-chip cookies and sandwich some vanilla ice cream between them. This recipe is so simple; even your kids can make these. You can also decorate them with additional chocolate chips for better-looking sandwiches.

    There is more to eating ice cream than just satisfying your senses. According to Holly McCord, a registered dietitian, and author of The Ice Cream Diet, ice cream helps in weight loss. This is because dairy products in restricted diets can promote weight loss according to one meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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    2. Classic ice cream sandwiches

    Classic ice cream sandwiches

      

      If you want to show off your culinary skills, then making ice cream sandwiches from scratch is bound to impress your guests. This melt-in-your-mouth dessert is what ice cream sandwiches are all bout – soft cocoa flavored dough with homemade vanilla ice cream. We’re sure this all-time classic is something everyone will appreciate.

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      For this recipe, you’ll, unfortunately, need to turn on the oven, but luckily, the cookies only take a maximum of 15 minutes to bake. Make the biscuits by mixing all purpose flour, cocoa powder, and granulated white sugar, a pinch of salt, some vanilla extract and egg yolks. For the vanilla ice cream, you’ll need heavy cream, whole milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and a bit of salt. The preparation of ice cream is a bit more complicated, but given the rich texture of homemade vanilla ice cream, it is sure worth the effort.

      3. S’more ice cream sandwiches
      S'more ice cream sandwiches

        You don’t need to go camping to make these delicious treats. The combination of soft marshmallow with vanilla ice cream and crisp graham crackers give these treats a bit of nostalgia for the good old days. For these messy treats, all you need is mini marshmallows, some graham crackers, roughly chopped milk chocolate, and, of course, vanilla ice cream.

        The preparation method includes slightly melting the marshmallows in an oven, mixing the wet ingredients in a bowl and spreading them over lined graham crackers. It is best to freeze them overnight and cut into individual serving sizes later on. Ice cream is a great indulgence unless your lactose intolerant according to Glozine Health News.

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        4. Two bite Samoas ice cream sandwiches
        Two bite Samoas ice cream sandwiches

          These are perfect in every possible way – they are fast and easy to make, don’t make a mess when eaten, and offer just enough indulgence not to make you feel guilty. The flavors in these sandwiches will make anyone’s taste buds want more. To make these crunchy and soft caramel wonders, all you need is Samoas cookies, some coconut ice cream, and a bit of salted caramel sauce.

          To make them, you just need to scoop the coconut ice cream between two Samoas cookies and drizzle a bit of the caramel sauce over the sandwiches – as simple as that. You can also freeze these caramelly-sweet sandwiches for later serving.

          5. Ice cream sandwich cake
          Ice cream sandwich cake

            This no-bake-cake is perfect for those hot summer days when you want and need something sweet but without all that extra heat from the oven. It’s also fairly easy to make – perfect as a family activity. For this sandwich cake, you’ll need one box of store-bought ice cream sandwiches, a tub of whipping cream, and some magic shell chocolate.

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            Start by stacking the sandwiches in four layers with the sandwiches stacked in opposite directions. Use the magic shell chocolate between each layer to help the sandwiches hold together. Spread the whipping cream over the cake and lastly, drizzle the remaining magic shell chocolate over the finished icing. You can also add Oreo crumbles as an additional cake topping. You should place the cake in the freezer 20 minutes before serving.

            Summer time and ice cream sandwiches go hand in hand. But when you make these delicious desserts by yourself, you can say that your summer is complete. Try these 5 easy homemade ice cream sandwiches this summer, but watch your daily calorie intake. One serving of vanilla ice cream is 137 calories most of which comes from carbohydrates. On the plus side, ice cream will give you and your kids plenty of calcium for good bone health.

            Featured photo credit: www.recipehangouts.com via google.com

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            12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

            12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

            As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

            1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

            I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

            Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

            Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

            2. What is the purpose of meditation?

            The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

            It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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            Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

            In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

            You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

            This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

            The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

            Less Physical, More Psychological

            Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

            This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

            The First Benefit of Meditation

            The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

            1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
            2. Relaxation of the body

            Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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            Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

            That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

            When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

            When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

            Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

            Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

            This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

            Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

            Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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            This benefit takes you to the second one.

            The Second Benefit of Meditation

            While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

            1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
            2. Observance
            3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
            4. Patience

            Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

            You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

            This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

            1. Energy

            Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

            2. Observance

            The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

            3. Peacefulness

            Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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            4. Patience

            The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

            The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

            Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

            Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

            The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

            • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
            • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
            • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
            • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
            • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
            • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

            These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

            Final Thoughts

            Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

            Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

            Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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            Reference

            [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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