Don’t you just love cookies? Cookies are perfect for snacks and desert. Not only that, there are a lot of flavors to choose from- the classic butter and raisin cookies, sweet chocolate chip cookies, and even healthy oatmeal cookies, among others.
However, cookies are also loaded with sugar and fat, which are turned into extra calories when we eat them. For those who are health conscious, cutting calories is necessary. So next time you make your own batch of cookies, here are some tips on how to avoid those extra calories:
- Reduce sugar or use a substitute. Sugar is an important ingredient in baking cookies. But then again, if you want to reduce your calorie intake, you should start using less sugar for your cookies. Did you know that one tablespoon of sugar is equivalent to almost fifty calories? You can cut at least ¼ cup of sugar. Otherwise, look for a substitute such as no-calorie artificial sweeteners. Just replace ½ cup sugar with sweetener.
- Avoid extra calorie add-ons on your cookies. Another way to reduce calories is to avoid extra calorie add-ons like chocolate chips, butter, candies, and frosting on your cookies. Just reduce the amount as much as possible. For example, you can cut the use of frosting by half. This will save you as much as 130 calories so just imagine that! Cutting half of the chocolate chips could also save you as much as 50 calories too.
- Substitute eggs. You can also cut on calories when you substitute the use of eggs for your cookies. Look for egg substitute so you can replace half of the eggs with this. Take note that an egg contains as much as 45 calories, not to mention fat and cholesterol.
- Use cocoa instead of chocolate chips and bars. If you really need to use chocolate bars or chips for your cookies, replace this with cocoa instead. Cocoa gives you zero saturated fat and calories which are present in chocolate bars and chips. As a substitute, you can use six tablespoons of cocoa, one tablespoon of sour cream (which is fat-free), and one tablespoon of canola oil. This is a good replacement for unsweetened chocolate. Cocoa is healthier too because it is rich in flavanol, which is a form of antioxidant.
So next time you make your cookies, try to reduce the amount of calories. Stay healthy with fewer calories.
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