January. The month were girls of all ages approach you in vests and skirts and cute smiles, but don’t be fooled. They are armed with the question that can waylay a traveler on a weight loss journey: “Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?”
You gulp. You don’t want the temptation of cookies in your pantry, but you can’t resist those pleading eyes, eyes focused on a badge to add to an ever growing collection. So, you agree to look at the brochure, and before you know it, you’ve bought eight boxes.
Here are some tips to help you keep those cookies out of your mouth and off your hips.
1. Caramel deLites (previously known as Samoas)
This tip proves extremely useful to those with little girls at home. When Barbie decides to throw a pool party, these cookies serve as lifesavers in a pinch, and you also teach your child the importance of preparation. What if Ken is all talk and really didn’t race Michael Phelps at a college swim meet? The boy doesn’t even know how to doggie paddle, but that doesn’t stop Barbie from playfully pushing him into the water. As Ken’s flailing and crying for help, Barbie comes to his rescue by throwing him a Caramel deLite, which, curiously enough, looks great against his tan. An added bonus: Subconsciously, your daughter learns it’s okay not to be the damsel in distress all the time.
2. Lemonades (previously known as Lemon Chalet Cremes)
You’re expecting company, and you don’t have a set of coasters to impress? Set out a couple of these babies. The condensation from the glass or can will bond the cookie to the drink, and you won’t have to worry about your guest setting his or her container down without a coaster to protect the stain on your grandmother’s table.
3. Thin Mints (no name change)
You’ve always wanted to learn how to square dance, but don’t know the steps? Mark them off with these little wafers, then grab some friends and let the party begin. There is some assembly required, as you’ll want to stick toothpicks with different colored flags to keep the steps and couples in order. Also, don’t step on the cookies, or you’ll have a bit of a mess to clean up. On second thought, maybe it is better if you just invite your friends over for a cookie feast. Instead of wine, ask them to bring their favorite varieties of milk.
Okay, so I jest, but Girl Scout cookie time may prevent you from reaching your weight loss goal. Remember, as with every food and drink, moderation is key. Thin Mints are my weakness. A buy a case–that’s 12 boxes–every year. And I’ve learned that a serving size equals 4 Thin Mints, and there are 160 calories in that serving. When I was on Weight Watchers, I dutifully counted every point, and lost weight while eating these once-a-year treats. Off of Weight Watchers, however, my weight rose while the tubes of Thin Mints got smaller. This year, every calorie will be counted, because I know that’s what I need to do to lose weight while still enjoying the foods I love.
And you? Which Girl Scout cookies make your pantry each year?