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Losing Weight While Eating Cookies: Healthy Cookie Recipes

April 27, 2010

The New Year is the popular time to make resolutions to eat healthier and go on a diet. But, that doesn’t mean you have to cut cookies out of your intake. Of course, if you’re planning on going on an all cookie diet, you might have a harder time. However, there is room in a healthy nutrition plan for a few snacks.

Homemade cookies can be made much healthier than the store bought variety. Healthy cookie recipes start with a pretty basic idea. Take out unhealthy ingredients and replace them with healthier ones. The first ingredient in any baker’s cupboard is flour. While white flour has dominated the baking market for years, its reign is coming to end. The easiest flour to substitute for white flour is whole-wheat flour. Replace the white flour in your recipe with whole-wheat flour at a one-to-one substitution ratio.

Two more big ingredients that you want to watch out for if you’re trying to make healthy cookies are sugar and butter. Replacing sugar is simple, as there are a number of natural and more nutritious sweeteners available. One that you may want to try is liquid sugars like Sucanat, honey or other natural liquid sugars. Sucanat is made from evaporated whole cane juice and contains more of the natural vitamins and minerals that regular white and brown sugar lacks. Liquid sugars cannot replace white grain sugar at a one-to-one ration, but they can be mixed with small amounts of dry sugar in order to maintain texture. Additionally, it is a good idea to play around with reducing the overall amount of sugar your cookie recipe calls for. Most cookie recipes can be made with as little as one third as much sugar without losing taste and texture, although you may need to add more liquids to keep the cookie from drying out. Reducing the amount of shortening and butter is important because both have high fat contents. Liquid oil is a good substitute for other fats in your cookie recipe, although it does produce a different texture. Cookies made from oil are generally softer and chewier, and they have a cake-like texture to them. However, they are still delicious.

Another way to make your cookies healthy, and by far the most fun, is to add healthy toppings to increase the cookies nutritional value. You can add flax to your cookies for flavor as well as fiber benefits, and using peanut butter for flavoring will give your cookies an added protein boost.

Above all, remember that just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to avoid your favorite foods; you just have to be a little creative when baking them.

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