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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
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    Who enjoys chocolate chip cookies? My guess is, most people really enjoy the taste of homemade chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven, but avoid baking the desert because of its high fat and high sugar content. If you are trying to lose weight and still want a little something sweet, try converting your favorite recipes into a healthy alternative.

    In my opinion, all cookies sold in a supermarket are unhealthy because of the processing and the excessive white flour. White flour is wheat flour stripped of all or most of its nutritional value. White flour also turns to sugar faster once consumed than whole grains and therefore could possibly increase your risk for diabetes. If you are trying to lose weight, but still have a little sweet tooth, try substituting certain ingredients to create a healthier cookie.

    For instance, dust off your cookbook from the shelf and choose any basic oatmeal cookie recipe and convert it into a healthy chocolate chip cookie. Most basic chocolate chip cookies include all-purpose white flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and of course, chocolate chips. My first suggestion is to replace the total amount of white flour with coconut flour or any type of whole grain or gluten free flour as well as whole grain steel cut oats. My second suggestion is to replace the whole fat butter with applesauce, yogurt, olive oil, coconut oil, or a combination of healthier fats. I also cut back the sugar and use organic raw sugar, honey or maple syrup. Avoid sugar substitutes unless your doctor suggests avoiding sugar altogether. If cholesterol is a concern, use egg whites and eliminate the yoke; however, I firmly believe eggs are a complete food and use fresh eggs in all my baked goods. I use baking powder and baking soda, but I eliminate all added salt. Lastly, I add flaxseed meal, pecans or almonds, dark chocolate chips and raisins. If you choose to use gluten free flours, make sure you add xanthan gum so your cookies will rise.

    Converting recipes into healthier alternatives becomes easier with practice, but once you get used to converting fats and sugar for healthier fats, liquids, and sugars, you will still be able to lose weight and get healthy without sacrificing a little sweet now and then. Enjoy!
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