Are you working on improving your health? Do you need to lose a few pounds? Do you think that following a healthy diet means that if you indulge in a favorite food, that guilt will overwhelm you and lettuce will be your dinner for the night?
After all, we’re told that gooey brownie sitting on the counter, or that slice of luscious cheesecake is off-limits if we want to be healthy and fit. I hear that mantra in my head whenever I want a bite of something I think is forbidden.
It’s true that health concerns keep some of us from enjoying the occasional dessert, but for the rest of us? I’ve decided it’s a crime to pass up on the occasional treat. Food is meant to be a pleasure to our senses, whether it’s a fresh and colorful salad, or your mother’s to-die-for pot roast. My aunt used to make a peach pie with an amazing pie crust that melted in your mouth. It would be a shame to pass that up!
Which treat tops my list? Oatmeal cookies. I love their chewy texture, especially when the cookies are loaded with raisins. If I’m going to the effort to bake my favorite cookie, why not boost the fiber and nutrition?
I decided to add a mixture of dried fruits and nuts. Dried fruits are a good source of fiber, iron, vitamins A and C. Crunchy walnuts also add healthy fats to my cookies. After all, walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart. Walnuts are also known to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, and raise good HDL cholesterol levels. Who doesn’t want to improve their cholesterol levels?
Healthy eating is a matter of moderation, so do yourself a favor and enjoy these tasty cookies with your favorite tea. No guilt or remorse required.
Fruity Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup butter
¼ cup 2% milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 ½ cups oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 package dried fruit pieces, this recipe used Sun Maid Fruit Bits
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Servings: Makes 36 cookies.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine butter, milk, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, and sugar in a large bowl.
3. In another bowl combine flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Then add fruit bits and nuts.
5. Bake by large tablespoonfuls on a large cookie sheet placed 2 ‘ apart for 8 – 10 minutes until cookie is nicely browned.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161, Total Fat: 9.09g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 235mg, Total Carbs: 21.98g, Dietary Fiber: 1.39g, Sugars: 8.88g, Protein: 2.28g
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.
I am not a licensed nutritionist. I am currently a student at ACHS, working on a nutrition certification. Any advice in this column is strictly my opinion. Consult a licensed professional if you have health concerns.
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