Yesterday afternoon, I was waiting impatiently for my dad to get out of bed (yes, he does take naps. In the afternoon. Ah, to be a grown-up!) and take me to the beach for a run. He went through his usual laborious process of sitting up in bed, lying back down, sitting up, changing clothes several times, then wandered into the kitchen. I sat twiddling my thumbs while he reached for some Girl Scout cookies, rustling the plastic and groping around for his well-deserved post-nap snack. He then trotted out of the kitchen to do other post-nap tasks. A few minutes later, I heard him creep back in there, more box-opening, more plastic-rustling. I sighed, wondering when he’d be ready to go. After another minute or two, there was that tell-tale noise in the kitchen again. Finally I asked him, “when will you be ready?” He replied, “I’m just doing my wake-up routine.” Exasperated, I demanded whether his “wake-up routine” required twenty Girl Scout cookies. He responded levelly that only five were necessary, grabbed a couple more, and we were out the door.
My dad sure has an enviable wake-up routine. While Girl Scout cookies aren’t generally considered to be part of a balanced breakfast, they do seem to make their way into many peoples’ grazing menus throughout the day. I have seen helpless dieters tear through boxes of the incendiary edibles, sacrificing health for deliciousness. My philosophy is that both are possible at once: a healthy eating plan should be sensible and nourishing while also including tasty foods, and even incorporating just a morsel here and there of the junk food so commonly “forbidden” by those intending to eat a healthy diet. If “forbidden” foods are consumed in moderation, they will not be so intensely craved, and one is less likely to lose resolve and binge on them.
One example of a healthier way to eat Girl Scout cookies is this smoothie. Made with Greek yogurt and nutritious fruit, you can feel good about slurping it all up. One serving of Girl Scouts Samoa Cookies is thrown in the mix for the taste of those caramel coconut temptations, without all the guilt of eating a whole box. Go ahead and enjoy this smoothie at any time of the day. Make it part of your wake-up routine. I assure you, you’ll be glad you did.
Tropical Samoa Cookie Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Greek mango flavored yogurt (I used Whole Foods’ 365 brand yogurt)
- 3 frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 small ice cube
- 2 Girl Scouts Samoa Cookies
Directions: Place banana, milk, yogurt, frozen fruit, and ice in blender. Blend until smooth. Add one Samoa cookie, broken up into pieces. Blend for 10-20 seconds (depending on whether you want big chunks or small bits of cookie in your smoothie.)
Pour smoothie into desired glass. Break the second Samoa cookie into several pieces and drop them into the smoothie (or you could try to garnish the glass with the whole cookie, but I hope you have better luck with that than I did!)
Ummm…yeah. What happens when I try to stage a fancy photo.
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