So I have to admit, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Ice cream, cookies, cake, chocolate…you name it, I probably crave it. Unfortunately for me, studies upon studies are showing that sugar is pretty much the worst thing that people can eat for long term health. (If you haven’t read the NY Times article, Is Sugar Toxic?, I highly recommend it. It offers a very eye-opening perspective on the sugary sweet stuff).
While I definitely enjoy the occasional decadent dessert, I’ve been trying to pay a bit more attention to the amount of sugar I consume on a daily basis. It’s now my mission to find ways to have my cake and eat it too – without the accompanying sugar rush.
Here’s my first sweet tooth-silencing discovery: Cooper St. Cookies
Cooper St. Cookies is a small, family-owned company founded in Michigan in 2010 that is rapidly expanding its sales to grocery and health food stores across the nation. After the founder, Max Surnow, graduated from Michigan State University he decided to transition his cookie-making hobby into a full fledged business with help from his mom, Elaine.
Max and Elaine use an old mandel bread recipe that has been in their family for generations and offer a range of flavors including Lemon Poppyseed, Cinnamon Chocolate Chip, Orange Cranberry, Oatmeal Raisin, and Keylime Coconut. The flavors are pretty exciting as far as biscotti-like cookies go and they all taste great. While these cookies look a lot like biscotti, the texture is a bit softer so you don’t have to chip your teeth when biting into one – definitely a plus.
I lived in Michigan for four years for college, and while the state has recently gone through some really tough times, native Michiganders are the nicest, most genuine people that you will ever meet. So not only are these cookies delicious and on the healthier side, but they are homegrown in a great state by great people.
Above are the nutrition facts for the Keylime Coconut flavor. At only 110 calories and 8g of sugar, it’s a much better choice to chow down on a serving of these cookies with some coffee than compared to say…a Starbucks cake pop, or something of that nature. (Ok I’ll admit I’ve eaten a Starbucks cake pop before, but it was free so I couldn’t resist!)
Below are some pics from a recent trip to the Amish Market (I think I need to start diversifying my wanderings a bit…) Enjoy!
I highly recommend you check these cookies out if you’re trying to keep your sugar cravings at bay. They’re delicious, low-cal, and the product of a great small business. Let me know what you think!