What’s In Your Cookie Jar?

Om Nom Nom

Om Nom Nom

Girl Scouts have them by the truck load. Grandma’s always have one up their sleeve. And Santa gets them from kids all over the world along with a glass of milk. Cookies are amazing.  And anyone who says they don’t like cookies just hasn’t had the right one yet. They come in all shapes and sizes, and in a variety of different flavors. Whether you’re into snicker doodles, oreos, molasses or traditional chocolate chip, the general rule is simple: one cookie is rarely enough.

The holidays are here, so it’s a good time to start testing out some new cookie recipes. We love to splurge on goodies, but it can take a toll on ones waistline since baked goods are everywhere this month and its nearly impossible not to sample these tasty treats.  So with that in mind, check out these awesome tips below:

  • Cut servings into smaller portions! Sometimes doing that is that’s necessary to lower fat consumption. Who said “mini” is a bad thing?
  • Use nuts sparingly. Sure they’re tasty, but in large amounts, they can be very high in calories. When baking a cake, sprinkle nuts on top of the batter instead of stirring them in. The nuts toast as they bake, releasing more flavor—and there’s no need for frosting!
  • Applesauce and plain yogurt are great fat substitutes in most recipes. For maximum texture and flavor, replace no more than half the amount of the fat listed in the recipe. If a recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter, you can substitute 1/4 cup applesauce, saving 44 grams of fat and 400 calories (the fat and calories in 1/4 cup margarine)
  • Mashed ripe bananas work well as fat substitutes in carrot or banana cake or muffins.

If staying healthy is on your priority list, we’d like to recommend these two books by our BookRix authors. May the force be with you!

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