Healthier Packaged Low-Sugar Cookies


Healthy packaged cookies

Healthier Packaged Low-Sugar Cookies


100
That seems to be the magic number.

100 calorie snack packets are popping up everywhere.
I guess it's an easy round number for people to add up.


Healthy packaged cookies

I used to be fond of the easy math myself, but now I can't help but notice what makes up the 100 calories in these Chips Ahoy Thinsations:....

"Enriched Wheat Flour, Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Dextrose, Cocoa Butter, Soya Lecithin, Artificial Flavour), Sugar, Canola Oil with TBHQ & Citric Acid, Glucose-Fructose, Corn Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate, Modified Milk Ingredients, Salt, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Artificial Flavour IL #020105"

What are modified milk ingredients? 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency defines modified milk ingredients as any of the following:
Calcium-reduced skim milk
Casein
Caseinate
Cultured milk products
Milk serum proteins
Ultrafiltered milk
Whey products
Any component of milk that has been altered from the form in which it is found in milk.
Manufacturers like to hide behind the term "modified milk ingredients" because it covers so many possibilities.  That way they can pick and choose what suits their budget that manufacturing day.

    What is TBHQ?

    TBHQ is a synthetic “antioxidant”— a preservative made up of phenol and butane.


    YUM!

    Why talk about packaged cookies at all?  While fresh is best, I like having treats on hand for when guests pop in and for the family.  Believe it or not, there are packaged cookies out there with simple ingredients. Some are even low in sugar. 


    Pick a Healthier Cookie



    Low-sugar packaged cookiesPure Butter Shortbread Cookies

    Usually made in Scotland and sold in most grocery stores, boxed under brands like Walkers, or in store brand tins.  

    The beauty of a packaged shortbread cookie is the 4 simple ingredient list:  Wheat Flour, Butter, Sugar, Salt

    Per 19g cookie
    3 grams of sugar
    1 gram of fiber 


    GoGo Quinoa chocolate chip cookies

    A very tasty gluten-free vegan cookie.  I'm lucky that my local Costco carries these in a larger more economical package.  Great to throw in the lunch bag or to grab as a quick snack.  Not overly sweet.

    Ingredients: Organic royal quinoa flour, tapioca flour, rice flour, kaniwa (baby quinoa) flour, non-hydrogenated palm fruit oil*, evaporated cane juice, dark chocolate chips (pure dark chocolate also called chocolate liquor, cane juice, natural vanilla essence), brown sugar, quinoa puffed grains, chia seeds, sodium bicarbonate, natural vanilla extract. * From sustainable harvesting
    Per 16g cookie:
    4 grams of sugar
    1 gram of fiber



    Healthy packaged cookies
    Flavoured Shortbread cookies

    Usually made in Scotland. This PC brand is sold in all Loblaws branded stores (Canada) but wonderful flavours of shortbread can be found in gourmet stores.

    Per 2 cookies (20g)
    3.3 grams of sugar 
    1 gram of fiber

    Low-sugar packaged cookiesWhile things here get questionable with the use of added "natural flavours", these cookies still have simple ingredients and taste amazing!

    Earl Grey ingredients:  Flour, Butter, Sugar, Earl Grey Tea Infusion,  Candied Lemon Peel (Lemon Peel, Glucose-Fructose, Sugar, Lemon Juice Concentrate), Natural Flavour, Sea Salt, baking powder.

    Raspberry and Cream ingredients:  Flour, butter, sugar, raspberries, cream, sea salt, Natural Flavour, baking powder.



    Low-sugar packaged cookiesSitian Mill gourmet cookies

    Made in Crete.  This particular brand, Sitian Mill, is sold in European grocery stores.  Similar to a shortbread, but with its own cultural twists. These are made with olive oil and simple ingredients, in savoury and nutty flavours. I loved the hazelnut! Also comes in fig, mandarin, lemon with basil.

    Look for similar cookies in European stores.

    Per Hazelnut 15g cookie
    2.7 grams of sugar 
    .5 grams of fiber

    "Hazel-nuts" ingredients:  Wheat Flour, extra virgin olive oil (20%), sugar, hazelnuts (10%), orange juice, sodium bicarbonate.



    Healthy packaged cookies
    President's Choice Organics Wheat & Oat Biscuits

    Made in Scotland. Sold in all Loblaws branded stores (Canada)

    Per 2 Biscuits (25 grams)
    3.3 grams of sugar
    2 grams of fiber

    Another example of a Scottish cookie that tastes great and has a good fiber content.

    Organic ingredients:  Oat Flakes, Butter,  Wheat Flour,  Sugar,  Whole Wheat Flour, Honey, Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder


    Govinda Artisan Chickpea desserts - Coconut Laddu

    Vegan and Raw
    Gluten-free
    Made in Germany

    Per 12g piece:
    3 grams of sugar
    1 gram of fiber
    5 carbs

    Not exactly Godiva but these little truffle like treats are "something different".  Sometimes, one piece is the perfect end to a nice meal. 

    Ingredients:  Organic Chickpeas, Organic coconut Butter, Organic Whole Cane Sugar, Organic coconut.


    The Moral of the cookie story?


    One common ground, with exception of GoGo Quinoa, is that "healthier" cookies tend to be imported from Europe, so take a vacation from those processed 100 calorie American brands, and explore the world.  Check the imported sections of your grocery store or European grocers/markets.  You can also check out local artisan/tourist shops and food trade shows that feature smaller local manufacturers. Who knows what else you'll find :)




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