Can you make healthy cookies?
What’s the biggest hurdle people face when they try to lose weight?
Changing their habits. By their very nature, habits are things you do regularly, and often without considering their long term effects.
Every time you go to the kitchen, you might be in the habit of automatically opening the fridge door and looking what there is to eat. Every time you have a cup of coffee, you might need to have a cake or cookie to go with it. Every time you go to bed, you might need a snack before turning the lights out.
These habits are hard to break, as you are convinced by your body every time that these are things you “need” to do. The key to successful weight loss is to take these bad habits, and get rid of them one by one. That doesn’t mean stop eating – but it does mean make better choices. And it doesn’t mean stop them all at once – if you go cold turkey, you are going to fail.
The major problem here is eating things that are bad for you. Maybe you are a cookie monster – you need one with a warm drink during the day, you need one with milk before bed time, and so on. The total amount of calories and carbs you eat in a day doing this may well shock you!
So how can you change this habit?
Some would say, “replace cookies with fruit” or something similar, but frankly a cup of coffee with a nice crunchy apple doesn’t have the same effect. And it’s harder to dunk an apple in a cup than it is to dunk a cookie.
What you need…are healthy cookies.
“Healthy cookies? What are they?”, I hear you ask. The manufacturers would have you believe that low fat cookies are healthy cookies, but at Fat Loss Friend we think differently. Low carb is better for sustained weight loss than low fat.
The two biggest problem ingredients in cookies are flour and sugar – if you can replace those with something else, you’re half way to winning the war on weight. Flour is normally made from grains, and we’ve reported before on how avoiding grains is the best course of action – so the simplest thing to do is to replace the flour with something else not made from grain – for example, coconut flour, almond flour, etc.
Coconuts and almonds – they’re like things from the fruit and veg section! The thing is, your cookies won’t taste of coconut or almond. Once baked, they’ll be almost indistinguishable from regular cookies.
Which leaves us with sugar. How do you replace sugar? You can take the chemical route, and use a scientifically designed sweetener. Or you can use sucralose, or stevia, depending on your preference. You can even use honey, although the less processed it is the better. Nature is full of sweet stuff, so you should use it in preference to processed cane sugar.
So how does this work with a standard cookie recipe? A standard cookie recipe normally involves something like 2 cups all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, maybe an egg, and a cup or more of sugar. Simply replace the flour with your coconut (or almond) flour, and replace the cup of sugar with a teaspoon of stevia. Depending on your exact recipe, you may need to add a little more flour than normal due to the lack of bulk in the stevia compared to sugar, but you were probably going to taste test the dough while making it anyway.
Just take your favourite cookie recipe and modify it as above, and that’s a habit changed with very little effort – and you still get your cookies!
Everyone dreams of losing 50 excess pounds in a week, but it won’t happen like that. You need to make small, consistant changes that become permanent to lose weight, and changing one habit at a time is the way to go about it.
Enjoy your healthy cookies!