YOU WANT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES: Just three Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies have 160 calories and 8 grams of fat (and who just eats three?). TRY INSTEAD:
- Fig bars are healthier than homemade chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, gingersnaps, or prepackaged chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar, or shortbread cookies—in that order. Two Deerfield Farms fig bars have 90 calories and 1 gram of fat compared to two homemade chocolate chip cookies at 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.
- Granola bars aren't always less fattening (due to the fat in nuts and amount of oil added in many commercial bars), but they have more fiber and less saturated fat. A Kashi TLC trail mix bar has 140 calories, 5 grams of fat (0.5 saturated) and 4 grams of fiber.
- The real deal: It's hard to make cookies healthy, but your healthiest bet is to make them at home from a recipe and try substituting healthier ingredients. By whipping up this sweet snack at home, you'll shave half of the added calories off of your chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and about 15 to 25% off of your sugar cookie caloric intake, compared with commercially prepared varieties and cookie dough tubes. The simpler the recipe, the better. Tip: For more nutrition in your treat, swap out some of the egg in a recipe for plain/vanilla yogurt, and some of the oil for applesauce to boost nutrients and satisfy you long after the sugar high has passed.
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