It’s time for my annual Girl Scout Cookie Nutrition facts update. I admit I’ll enjoy a few Girl Scout Cookies this year. There’s nothing wrong with a cookie, or two as long as you set a reasonable limit. It’s hard to turn down coworkers, nieces and the neighborhood girls. After all, their motto is “Every cookie has a mission: to help girls do great things” and these young ladies can be very persuasive in their pursuit of badges. If you’re in the same camp as me, arm yourself paying close attention to the serving size and these nutrition facts.
|Girl Scout Cookie||Serving Size||Calories||Carbo-hydrate Grams||Sugar Grams||Saturated Fat Grams||Weight Watcher Points|
|Cranberry Citrus Crisp||4||150||26||10||0||4|
|Peanut Butter Patties||2||130||14||8||3||4|
|Peanut Butter Sandwich||3||160||23||11||2.5||4|
Do read the ingredient label as well. Some are still made with palm oil, a saturated fat known to raise LDL cholesterol and others have high fructose corn syrup.
The Girl Scout Cookie Factory has obviously gone through some lean engineering in the past year. Cookie production has been streamlined from 12 cookies down to the top 9 varieties. Gone are the Rah Rah Raisins (wrong demographics), Savannah Smiles ( a powdery mess), Toffee-tastic (too sticky) and Trefoils (I will personally miss). Leaders have also attended Food Innovations and Marketing 101. They know the parents of this newest pack are keenly interested in what’s in our food supply. The cookies have no artificial colors or preservatives, four are vegan friendly, Trios is gluten free and Cranberry Citrus Crisps have 9 grams of whole grain. Nutrition resource: www.girlscoutcookies.org
Additional suggestions to help you set reasonable limits include:
- Store your cookies out of sight. If you bought what amounts to a case, instead of a box, store the excess in the back of the freezer as their preservative free ingredients limits cupboard shelf life.
- Give them away as hostess gifts or use them at summer backyard BBQ’s.
- Set a daily limit.
- Amp up your activity. 160 calories is equal to running 1 1/2 miles, 20 minutes of aerobics, 1/2 hour of dancing, or 25 minutes of bicycling.
Do I wish the Girl Scout organization would come up with a different type of fund-raiser? I used to end this post with a “Yes, I can think of many healthier fund-raising options such as selling garden seed packets, frisbees, jump ropes, hula hoops and pedometers.” However I make cookies and I even buy grocery store cookies from time to time. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a right sized portion of cookies as part of a balanced diet. Nor is there anything wrong with a Girl Scout learning how to sell, manage inventory and deliver on a business promise right?
However, those school fund raisers that make money off your family targeting candy bar, frozen mozarella sticks, chicken wings and heavily processed junk food to your children, that’s another beast that needs to be slayed!