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Get Through Girl Scout Cookie Season Without Getting Fat


Like Thanksgiving, Girl Scout cookie season is one of those annual food traditions that you look forward to all year. Well, at least I do… Yes, Girl Scout cookies are one of those weaknesses that I have a hard time staving off. You know what I’m talking about- You walk down the street, exit the grocery store, even just answer the knock at your door and there they are- boxes and boxes of some of life’s greatest pleasures.

I’m not actually sure if the perfect two-bite morsels are so perplexingly good because they are, or because they are rooted in childhood nostalgia, remembering your time as a doorbell-ringing Brownie or Girl Scout, toting backpacks full of cookies that, in trade for cash, turned into patches that you got to wear with pride for being a top seller! My mom used to take my sell sheets to work with her, peddling Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, and Do-Si-Dos on my behalf, then buy at least 4 boxes for us to devour at home. The Thin Mints were stored in the freezer; the others were downed within days… I think maybe I should stop writing this post because my mouth is actually watering. Which brings me directly to my point: how to survive Girl Scout cookie season without totally blowing your diet! Focus Laurel, focus!

You may have noticed that in recent years the cookie options have expanded from the tried and true classics to also include Lemonades, Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch, and Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds (which come in portion-controlled 100-calorie pouches). Why are newcomers being added to the mix? Demand. Yes, apparently our low-fat culture is craving lighter cookie options (though the classics are still the best-sellers). And while I am definitely a believer in allowing yourself a little splurge once in a while (like, on a daily basis), remember that just because it’s lower in fat doesn’t mean you can eat twice as many. Here’s how to enjoy your cookies without destroying your diet.

HOW TO AVOID DEVOURING THE ENTIRE SLEEVE

Wait To Get Home- As difficult as it may be, DO NOT rip open the box during your drive home. If it’s too easy to reach over to the passenger seat, pull out a sleeve, and mindlessly eat the entire 8-ish inches of cookies by the time you pull into your driveway, toss the box in the trunk.
Freeze It- The moment you get home, put the box in the freezer (yes, all freeze just fine, not only the thin mints). A frozen cookie takes longer to devour and adds an extra sensory component that makes the 2-bites even more enjoyable.
Eat Just One- If you want to survive the season, either resist your urge all together or buy 1 box- JUST ONE- and allow yourself ONE COOKIE a day. Think of it as a sweet treat that you can savor for weeks. When it’s time to enjoy your daily cookie, don’t shovel it down your throat without even tasting the thing. No, you want to really let the thing sit in your mouth and slowly crunch through it, chewing slowly and with complete presence of mind like a slow motion burger commercial.
Do Not Eat Them When Hungry- If you decide to break open a new sleeve of those tasty, crisp thin mints when you’re hungry… beware. It’s best to open the box, pull out your cookie, close the box, put the box away, then enjoy each bite of that little bit of heaven… as dessert.

If your cookie selection is in any way rooted in fat/calorie/car content, check out this list from WebMD with the broken down nutrition facts. Now you can make an informed choice as to which box to of cookies to sink your teeth into.
1. *Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds (1 100-calorie pack; 24 grams)
*Lowest in fat; Lowest in saturated fat; Lowest in calories
Fat grams: 2
Saturated fat grams: 1
Calories:100
Sugar grams: 8
Total carbohydrate grams:19
Fiber grams: less than 1
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, palm oil, and high fructose corn syrup

2. *Shortbread (4 cookies; 26 grams)
*Lowest in sugar; second-lowest in fat
Fat grams: 4.5
Saturated fat grams: 2
Calories: 120
Sugar grams: 4
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: less than 1
First 3 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, and palm oil; cookies contain less that 2% of the remaining ingredients

3. Do-si-dos (2 cookies; 24 grams)
Fat grams: 5
Saturated fat grams: 1.5
Calories: 110
Sugar grams: 7
Total carbohydrate grams: 16
Fiber grams: less than 1
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, whole grain oats, soybean and palm oils

4. Thank U Berry Munch (2 cookies; 25 grams)
Fat grams: 5
Saturated fat grams: 2
Calories: 120
Sugar grams: 7
Total carbohydrate grams: 18
Fiber grams: less than 1
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable oil (soybean, palm, and palm kernel oil), sweetened dried cranberries

5. *Peanut Butter Sandwich (3 cookies, 35 grams)
* Tied with Lemon Chalet for highest in carbohydrate grams
Fat grams: 6
Saturated fat grams: 2.5
Calories: 160
Sugar grams: 8
Total carbohydrate grams: 26
Fiber grams: less than 1
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, peanuts, oats

6. Thanks-A-Lot (2 cookies, 31 grams)
Fat grams: 6
Saturated fat grams: 3.5
Calories:150
Sugar grams: 9
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: less than 1
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable shortening; high fructose corn syrup

7. Trefoils (5 cookies, 33 grams)
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 2.5
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 7
Total carbohydrate grams = 22
Fiber grams = less than 1
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, soybean and palm oils, sugar, brown sugar

8. *Lemon Chalet Cremes (2 cookies; 32 grams)
* Highest in calories; Tied for highest in sugar with Caramel deLites; Tied with Peanut Butter Sandwiches for highest in carbohydrates
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 2.5
Calories: 170
Sugar grams: 13
Total carbohydrate grams: 26
Fiber grams: <1 gram
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, soybean and palm oils, dextrose

9. Lemonades (2 cookies, 31 grams)
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 4
Calories: 150
Sugar grams: 9
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: 0
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable shortening, cornstarch

10. Thin Mints ((from Little Brownie Bakers))- (4 cookies, 32 grams)
Fat grams: 8
Saturated fat grams: 5
Calories: 160
Sugar grams: 10
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: less than 1 gram
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, sugar, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated palm kernel and/or cottonseed oil, palm oil), cocoa

11. *Caramel deLites (2 cookies, 28 grams)
*Highest in sugar; Tied with Thin Mints by ABC and Samoas for the highest in saturated fat
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 6
Calories: 140
Sugar grams: 13
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: 1
First 4 ingredients: sugar, enriched flour, corn syrup, vegetable shortening

12. Peanut Butter Patties (2 cookies, 28 grams)
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 5
Calories = 150
Sugar grams = 10
Total carbohydrate grams = 17
Fiber grams = less than 1
First 4 ingredients: sugar, enriched flour, peanuts, vegetable shortening

13. *Tagalongs (2 cookies, 25 grams)
* Highest in fat: Lowest in carbohydrate grams
Fat grams = 9
Saturated fat grams = 5
Calories = 140
Sugar grams = 8
Total carbohydrate grams = 13
Fiber grams = < 1 gram
First 4 ingredients: peanuts, sugar, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated palm, palm kernel, and/or cottonseed oil, soybean and palm oil, hydrogenated palm, soybean and cottonseed oil), enriched flour

14. Dulce de Leche (4 cookies, 30 grams)
Fat grams = 8 grams
Saturated fat grams = 3.5
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 9
Total carbohydrate grams = 19
Fiber grams = less than 1
First 4 ingredients: enriched flour, soybean and palm oil, dulce de leche flavored drops (sugar, palm kernel and palm oil, etc.), sugar

15. * Samoas (2 cookies, 29 grams)
* Tied with Thin Mints (ABC) and Caramel deLites for highest in saturated fat
Fat grams: 8
Saturated fat grams: 6
Calories: 150
Sugar grams: 11
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: less than 1
First 4 ingredients: sugar, vegetable oil (soybean and palm oil, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and//or cottonseed oil), enriched flour, corn syrup

 

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