Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
Those Girl Scouts and their delicious cookies. Rather than stocking up the next time you come across a pack of the cookie pushers camped out in front of your grocery store — and finding yourself with a freezer full of irresistible sweets — try these healthier options instead. You can always support the organization by donating online!
Official Girl Scouts Products
Coffee-mate Girl Scouts Creamer: Add a hint of cookie goodness to your morning (or afternoon) java fix! There are Thin Mints and Caramel & Coconut liquid creamers, plus a powdered creamer in that C&C flavor. Measure your creamer out rather than adding it right to your mug to keep the calorie count under control — a tablespoon of the liquid has 35 calories and 1.5g fat, and a 4-teaspoon serving of the powder has 60 calories and 2g fat.
Breyers Blasts! Girl Scouts Ice Cream: The idea of GS cookies in ice cream sounds almost too good to be true, but it isn’t! Even better? This entire line features reasonable calorie and fat counts. In Thin Mints and Samoas, you can enjoy a ½-cup scoop for 140 calories and 4.5 – 6g fat.
For Trefoils/Shortbread: Lorna Doone 100 Calorie Shortbread Cookie Crisps — Sweet shortbread rocks, but it can be hard not to tear through half a box at once. Hello, portion control! Just 100 calories (as you might guess) and 3g fat.
For Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties: Make your own! — Peanut butter and chocolate make one of the best combos ever, but the duo can get pretty high in fat QUICKLY. Click here for a bunch of amazing PB&C recipes, courtesy of yours truly. The single-serve PB&C Cake in a Mug is a standout!
And now for something completely different…
Girl Scouts Lip Smackers: Do you have the mental fortitude to smell and taste your favorite cookies all day without actually eating any (or chewing your lips off)? Try out these lip balms, in five of your favorite cookie flavors. (Fans of Rah-Rah Raisins, you’re out of luck.)
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!