Crispy, chewy, delicious, and delectable – all words that describe the goodness of a cookie (no, not the internet kind!).
Whether you call them cookies, galletas, biscuits, or wafers, these small pastry treats have been known to bring a sense of joy to any meal or snack.
In celebration, October is recognized as National Cookie Month. That’s right, you read it correctly, October is National Cookie Month. Be it chocolate chip, oatmeal, or peanut butter, it’s an entire month to celebrate!
The term “cookie” which is commonly used by Americans, originates from the dutch word koekje, meaning “cake”.
The very first cookies are believed to have appeared as early as the 7th century in Persia (now known as Iran). Bakers used them to test the temperature of their ovens before baking an entire cake.
Unknown to them, they were creating a small piece of heaven. Today, cookies have evolved into hundreds of different varieties and are consumed all over the world.
Now you may be thinking, how can cookies be healthy?
Firstly, cookies are considered a “whoa” food. Meaning, they should be eaten once in a while. Many cookie recipes use added sugars which if eaten too often and/or in large amounts, can increase your risk of chronic illnesses like obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Therefore, its important to be physically active and follow a balanced diet, including moderation of added sugars. Secondly, the ingredients in the cookies you eat also matter. Most cookies are made from flour, sugar, and eggs.
Each of these can be modified for a healthier cookie. For example instead of white, refined flour, consider making or choosing cookies made from whole wheat flour instead. Whole wheat flour provides more fiber which helps control blood sugar levels and ease constipation.
Eggs can also be substituted for bananas and create a lighter texture and sweeter taste. Finally, consider adding or choosing cookies made with fruits or veggies. Pureed prunes for example, can be a healthy substitute for sugar in a cookie recipe.
Not only does it add natural sweetness, but you’ll be gaining fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals.
To sum that up, here’s how you can make healthier cookies:
In honor of national cookie month, here are a few of our favorite healthy cookie recipes:
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
No Bake Breakfast Cookies
Interested in learning more about eating a balanced diet? Our Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables program provides free, exciting workshops on a host of nutrition and wellness topics. Email our nutritionist, Alyssa Advincula for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
For other nutrition questions or inquires, e-mail our nutrition resource manager, Monique Marshall at: email@example.com.