Girl Scout cookie season is upon us. As we speak, seemingly innocent neighborhood girls dressed in their uniforms are secretly plotting your demise. Their ammo comes in the form of delicious disk-shaped treats. For years, the Girl Scouts organization has raised money through its cookie sales. And over the years, as their cookie reach grew, so did America’s waistlines. If you intend to indulge in this once-a-year treat, it’s important to know what you are up against.
American Love Their Girl Scout Cookies
We have made a few strides in the battle against the bulge. As Americans become more health conscious, they require healthy choices from their products. The Girl Scouts now require their bakers to keep at least one healthier cookie in the lineup. And because consumer tastes have changed and cookie sales have shifted over the years, all Girl Scout products have improved health-wise.
But even with these improvements, cookies and health don’t exactly go together. Cookies offer very little nutritionally as they are made primarily from a refined white flour, sweeteners, and oil. But what they lack in nutrition they make up for in taste. Those delicious morsels can be a part of your diet if eaten in small amounts. Enjoying these cookies in moderation and pairing them with skim milk shouldn’t take up too much of your caloric allotment. The key word here is moderation.
Lucky for us, the list of ingredients, allergen information, and the complete nutritional analysis are available for each variety of cookie in multiple areas. The facts are on the cookie box, the cookie order form and online. Now you can mentally prepare yourself for what’s to come. To avoid eating the entire sleeve of cookies, start by reading the label, so you know exactly how many cookies are in one serving. Next step, portion them out onto a plate and then put the box away.
Choosing which cookie lives in your cupboard is another important step you can take to win this battle. Below are the healthiest choice and the least healthy choice you can make when it comes to your cookie.
The most nutritionally sound Girl Scout cookie is the Shortbread cookie. The recommended serving size is four cookies which contain just 120 calories. This cookie is considered the healthiest because one serving delivers the least amount of calories, total fat, and sugar. There are only ten ingredients in the ingredient list, and sugar appears only two times. If you are going to indulge on Girl Scout cookies this year, this is your best bet.
Caramel deLites are your least healthy option. The recommended serving size is two cookies. Those two cookies contain 140 calories. Compared to the other cookies, Caramel deLites deliver the most saturated fat and take up a whopping 30 percent of your daily value. Not only do they contain the fattest, but they also have the most sugar of all the cookies as well. If you are trying to watch your figure this Girl Scout season, you may want to avoid this caramel treat.
Portion control and eating mindfully is the best strategy to enjoy the cookies without packing on the pounds. Mindful eating helps you to make better eating choices. Don’t let the adorable little girls in uniform win this time around. Reduce your waistline as well as your term life insurance premium with healthier eating choices this cookie season.