Many people include in their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight and exercise, among other goals. But is eating cookies among them? Although it may seem crazy, yes, we can think about the idea of eating these delicious treats in a healthy diet, as long as it is in the right way and with the right cookie recipe.
There are two very important points to achieve this goal:
The ingredients the cookies are made with.
The amount and frequency with which you eat them.
The ingredients of your cookies
The ingredients included in cookies determine whether they are healthier or less healthy. A healthier cookie should, for example, contain ingredients such as whole wheat flours, oat flour or quinoa, natural sugar substitutes (such as stevia or another non-caloric sweetener), sugar-free dark chocolate, butter, margarine or oil substitutes (or include them within the recipe in low quantities), among others. An oatmeal cookie with dark chocolate chips and oat flakes will be healthier than a common chocochip cookie, which is made with refined wheat flour and sweetened chocolate chips.
It is also important to take into account the amounts or proportions in which you add the ingredients in the recipe. For example, it will always be healthier if you reduce the amount of sugar and fat you include.
Amount and frequency with which you eat cookies
The amount and frequency with which you eat cookies is also related to your nutritional balance. If you eat, for example, 12 “light” cookies in a day, the “light” will be lost because you are eating too many cookies in a few hours. Compared, for example, to eating a higher-fat, higher-sugar cookie once a week. It’s all relative to how often and how much you eat, plus the type of diet you’re on.
So, can we include eating cookies as a New Year’s resolution? In our opinion, yes, but don’t forget to take into account the criteria mentioned above, in addition to eating a healthy diet, exercising and including the right habits to stay healthy.
You have probably heard the saying “you are what you eat”. This wise phrase is part of the ingredients that will define the way you eat and your health. And remember that if you want to follow a healthy lifestyle, but you don’t know how, it is better to turn to a professional for advice.
Here are some options of light cookies and cookies for special dietary needs.
If you want to spend some fun time and make your own healthy cookies, we leave you here a delicious recipe for oatmeal cookies with apple.