Cookie Cures and a Tonic Shocker!

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Hi Hungry Girl,

I have a serious cookie problem. Once I start, I can't seem to stop! Next thing I know, I've eaten HUNDREDS of calories' worth of cookies. Please help me!

Cookie-Crazy Catherine

Hi Catherine,

You're definitely not the only one out there who can't control themselves around cookies. Along with potato chips, cookies are a pretty common trigger food -- meaning that once you have one serving, it's hard to keep from going back for more. Luckily, you don't have to avoid them altogether. Here's the scoop...

When it comes to store-bought cookies, it's super-important to look for portion-controlled options. Chances are, you'll be less likely to open up a second or third bag of cookies than you would be to just reach back into a big box for more. Nabisco 100 Cal Packs come in a bunch of varieties, like Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, and Lorna Doone. Quaker recently came out with a line of oatmeal cookies (it's about time!) with reasonable calorie counts and some fiber -- large soft ones that are individually wrapped, plus portioned-out packs of small crunchy treats. If you want something that'll seriously fill you up, try Corazonas Oatmeal Squares -- large, dense, chewy bars with 200 calories or less each, and they have good amounts of protein and fiber. Plus, with flavors like Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip, these oatmeal treats will totally satisfy a cookie craving.

As for homemade treats, stay away from recipes that make too many cookies (unless you have lots of friends over!). HG softies are fantastic. Chewy and soft, they're kind of like cookie-muffin hybrids -- with really good stats. They're also super-easy to whip up, and each recipe makes just six or eight softies. There's Rocky Road, Peanut Butter Oatmeal, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin and, our latest creation, Pretzel Chocolate!

Hope I've given you enough options to get your cookie fix the guilt-free way. Enjoy!  

Hey Lisa,

I'm wondering about the differences between club soda, seltzer, and tonic water. I always assumed they were basically identical. Recently I heard one has as many calories as regular soda -- true or false?

In a Tizzy Over Fizzy

Hi T-Fizz,

GREAT question. The short answer? TRUE.

Club soda and seltzer are practically the same thing -- carbonated water -- although club soda sometimes has added minerals. They don't have much flavor; they're just bubbly. Both club soda and seltzer are calorie-free. They're great in mixed drinks and even baked goods.

Tonic water, however, is a completely different story. It has slightly more flavor because... it's sweetened with sugar! Each cup has about 80 calories. That's pretty much like drinking regular soda. So if you're at a bar and looking for a calorie-free mixer, tonic is NOT the way to go. You can find diet tonic on store shelves, but when you're out and about, you're better off ordering club soda or seltzer.

For more tips when it comes to cocktails, click here for our latest Happy Hour Survival Guide. For a tasty cocktail with fizzy goodness courtesy of club soda, click here. Also check out this three-ingredient bubbly punch. And for some guilt-free CAKE recipes that call for club soda, click here!

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