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Girl Scout Cookies

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Available in Fat Free & Reduced Fat

I don't know of anyone who doesn't love Girl Scout cookies.

The great thing about Girl Scout cookies is that they now come in fat and calorie reduced versions - which makes it nice for those watching their weight.  

And the ice cream versions also come in healthier versions, too.

Kids Dealing With Weight Issues - Too Young to Carry a Heavy Burden

The bad thing about Girl Scout cookies is that we have so many kids who are beginning life on the wrong track where health is concerned.  

More kids than ever are growing up as overweight kids - some severely obese.

The negative thing about being an overweight kid is that it's hard mentally as well as physically.

Healthier Fundraisers May Assist in Fighting Childhood Obesity

It's not only the Girl Scout cookies - it's most every food that is used as a fundraiser - from gumdrops to extra large chocolate bars packed with nuts.

When you have an opportunity to participate in a kid's fundraiser, do you buy the item because you need it OR because you want to help the organization?

Most would probably answer 'the organization'.  

In fact, if apples, oranges, pears or grapefruit were being sold, you'd probably be just as happy to contribute.

As adults, we teach our kids values. When kids see boxes, bags, packs and cartons of candy, cookies and ice cream sold, it doesn't exactly relay a picture of health.

Do Your Part to Make Our Kids Healthier

What can you do?

If you are connected with an organization who plans to do a fundraiser, work towards securing healthy items as the key product. The organization will not only benefit but our kid's health will, too.

The following is an example of a reduced calorie and fat recipe.

Quick Nut Brownie Recipe

Still Naughty But Healthier Recipes

The Recipe Ingredients

Cream the following ingredients:

1/2 cup of shortening
1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cup of Splenda or use 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Splenda
2 eggs or use egg substitute to save cholesterol and calories

Mix the following ingredients well and add to the above mixture taking care to add the nuts after the batter has been mixed - or the dry ingredients will mold around the nuts.

1/2 cup of dark Hershey's cocoa
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of lite salt

1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 cup of all purpose flour

1/4 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts

Bake in a 375 preheated oven for about 1/2 hour in an 8" square brownie pan.

The substitution of unsweetened applesauce for some of the shortening decreases the fat content and in turn, the caloric values. Nuts add a healthy dose of protein and using egg substitute over eggs cuts cholesterol.

 

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