i only practice moderation where health food is concerned

Once again, I’m trying to make my diet less like the bottom of a caramel-corn box and more like something made by Morningstar. The problem is sugar. As in, I love it with a deep, abiding passion. It gives me nothing but misery, but I keep coming back. Come on, sugar. Love me the right way.

Anyway, I’m cutting waaaaaay back on my sugar consumption, which is a thing I do from time to time amid oaths of enduring health and vows to do things like exercise regularly (ha) and drink less coffee (HA). I’m not cutting sugar entirely out of my diet; I learned my lesson about that when I tried to Atkins before my wedding and went temporarily bipolar. No, I’m just going for an overall aura of better health. I’m trying to make more from-scratch meals which do not in any way involve fried potato products. If I crave a treat, I’ll make that from scratch too. That way, it takes a little longer (no instant gratification) and I can control how much sugar I put in.

Tonight I made some chocolate chip cookies using Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips, which are less sweet than semisweet morsels, and I cut out about a third of the sugar. I also only used half a bag of chips, so the chip-to-cookie ratio is somewhat less choc-tastic. Still yummy, though.

Slightly Less Unhealthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 bag bittersweet chocolate chips

  1. Cream butter and sugars in mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt together and add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture untilcompletely mixed.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon on to an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 11 to 14 minutes.

Now, I know what you’re saying. I missed so many prime health-food opportunities with this recipe. Where is the flax? The wheat germ? Where is the whole-wheat flour? Baby steps, I’m telling you.

Although I think Not So will call in reinforcements should I begin baking with carob chips…

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6 thoughts on “i only practice moderation where health food is concerned”

  1. I used to be addicted to chocolate, and now im addicted to carob chips… i just can NEVER get enough! turns out, too much of anyhting, even health food, is badd newssssssss!

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  2. Dana, I so hear you. I was doing so well and then last night I ate roughly my own body weight in M&Ms. Today I feel sluglike and awful…but at least I’m not craving chocolate anymore. Heh.

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  3. I always sabotage my diets because I have a weakness for chocolate and absolutely no willpower to stay away from it. It’s awful!

    Good luck with the plan to eat healthier! I struggle with it, too!

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  4. Lisa, I would probably buy it too! My sister the nutritionist would have a stroke if I actually wrote such a thing. Which is not to say that I won’t. Heh.

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