Girl Scout Cookies: Friend or Foe?
February 17, 2014 50 Comments
Snack Girl has put up a black and white of these cookies because I know these are a trigger for some of you.
I get complaints about my photographs inspiring people to eat too much. I know how it is because I spend a lot of time surfing the internet for great recipe ideas. Food glorious food!
I do save the black and white for food that tends to be on the indulgent or junk food end of the spectrum. Recently, my daughter started selling Girl Scout cookies and I have about 50 boxes IN MY HOUSE.
Anyone want some cookies?
How do I feel about my daughter selling cookies when I spend part of my time criticizing processed food? Not so good. In my opinion, Girl Scouts should find another fundraiser that isn’t so loaded for so many in the USA. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
We need organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of America, to promote healthy eating and physical activity. I think it is the wrong time for this particular product.
I am now coming off my high horse because (as you may have noticed) my horse is not so high that I forbade my daughter from selling cookies. In fact, she has sold about 80 boxes to date.
A potential buyer asked me which cookies would be the healthiest choice (she knows that I am Snack Girl) and I had no idea. I decided to review the most popular cookies to see which ones were the best.
Keep in mind that all of them are treats and (tip!) should be kept in the freezer if you are apt to open a tube and keep on eating. These are the flavors of cookies that my daughter is currently selling. You may have different types in your part of the country.
The nutrition facts are for ONE cookie. This makes it easy to compare them though they are different sizes.
From Best to Worst:
28 calories, 1 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 4 g carbohydrates, 2.0 g sugar, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 25 mg sodium, 1 Points+
30 calories, 1.2 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 5.0 g carbohydrates, 1.0 g sugar, 0.2 g protein, 0 g fiber, 27 mg sodium, 1 Points+
40 calories, 2.0 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 5.0 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 0.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 27 mg sodium, 1 Points+
Do-si-dos/peanut butter sandwich cookies
53 calories, 2.2 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 7.0 g carbohydrates, 4.0 g sugar, 1 g protein, 0.3 g fiber, 30 mg sodium, 1 Points+
Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs
70 calories, 4.5 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 6.5 g carbohydrates, 4.0 g sugar, 0.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 50 mg sodium, 2 Points+
Somoas or Caramel deLites
75 calories, 4.0 g fat, 3.0 g saturated fat, 9.0 g carbohydrates, 5.5 g sugar, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 30 mg sodium, 2 Points+
Savannah Smiles win! And the best part for me is that they are my favorite! They are lemon cookies dusted with powdered sugar. I like them with coffee.
How do you feel about Girl Scout cookies? Am I being a scrooge?
Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.