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They're probably in your break room at the office or you purchased a few boxes to support the cause. Girl Scouts started baking simple sugar cookies to raise money in the early 1920's and 1930's but the first official sale was in 1936.

With more than 200 million boxes of cookies sold each season, there's no doubt you may be tempted to bite into one. Here are my picks for the "healthiest" choices for eating Girl Scout Cookies this year.

Guilt-free Girl Scout Cookies

  • Thin Mints: 4 cookies = 160 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 grams protein
    • By far my favorite since I’m a chocoholic. Thin mints are a staple in my freezer. A guilt-free choice for sure, because one cookie is just about equal to a Hersey Kiss, but I like the cookie better! Plus they are great to enjoy right out of the freezer.
  • Shortbread Cookies: 4 cookies = 120 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 1 gram protein
    • Nothing better to dunk in coffee, milk or tea than a buttery Shortbread cookie. Plus, not an ounce of guilt where one cookie is only 30 calories. The four cookies and a cup of tea can be less than a latte at Starbucks!
    Cranberry Citrus Crisps: 4 cookies = 150 calories, 4 grams fat, 2 grams protein
    • Although I haven’t personally taste-tested these cookies, they sound amazing since I love my Craisins and shortbread cookies. Each cookie is just under 40 calories and worth the indulgence.

Moderation is key in any eating plan which leaves room for a little Girl Scout love now and then. But remember a simple 30 minute walk can erase those calories and not tip the scale in any unwanted direction.

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