Christmas Cookie Dilemma
On this installment of Dr. Dae’s healthy living adventures: I tackle a holiday cookie swap! My dilemma - I love sweet treats and I’m committed to showing people how whole food eating can be delicious and simple so what type of cookie do I bring? Holiday parties to me, mean spending time with friends and experiencing decadent foods. During the holidays I exercise this philosophy when it comes to foods I give myself one unhealthy category to try each party and I continue to eat a clean meals the rest of the day. This allows me to enjoy myself with beating myself up about the foods that I am eating or the beverages that I am drinking during the parties. Eating my normal plan for all the rest of my meals allows me to stay balanced and not gain weight or feel food fatigue from all the extra decant foods available during the holiday party season.
The cookie swap party presents a special challenge for me because the purpose of the party is to go enjoy the cookies and bring several dozen cookies home to continue to eat later during the holidays. To completely out myself I love dessert! I always have so to be in a room of many, many, many cookies is dangerous for me. So I have to have a game plan before I step foot into the party. I am deciding that I will only bring home a certain amount of cookies probably no more than 2 dozen and I will share the ones I bring with the staff and my family so they will be gone in 3 days. This way I don’t continue to eat cookies, candies, and refined sugar for the next 2 weeks.
My final dilemma what to prepare and bring to the party to share with everyone? While I am very good at cooking and creating foods recipes I am very bad at baking whole food recipes. Baking is more like a science you can’t just throw things together and expect to make perfect cookies, too much liquid can make a cookie mess. Since whole foods baking is not one of my strength’s I don’t have go to recipes that I know people will like. I have also noticed that some healthy cookies require ingredients that are hard to find and require a lot of work. My goal is to make whole food cooking accessible and easy for me and all the people I share it with. So when in doubt I go to of my favorite award winning book The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen by my friend, Rebecca Katz. It is a great book that has yummy recipes that oh by the way, happen to be delicious too! I found Wendy’s Date Nut Truffles, truffle made with dark chocolate and almonds two of my favorite combinations. Chocolate is almost always a hit so I went for this simple recipe and it taste delightful. The truffles were chewy and soft with a lovely chocolate taste.
The truffles were a hit! People loved them. Two people told me that they loved dates so they were interested in the recipe. In fact the truffles won the most creative cookie award against some stiff competition of chocolate salty caramel cookies and the most popular Snicker doodle.
There were many yummy choices but I stuck to my plan about how many cookies to bring home. I shared them and I finished them today 3 days after the party. My idea to bring a healthy and yummy treat worked like a charm and I got to have a wonderful holiday experience. Happy holidays!