Know about the average calories and nutrition facts of chocolate chip cookies  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Weight management plans recommend people to avoid snacks and desserts that have a high calorie count
- The general preparation of a chocolate chip cookie may make it high in calorie and sugar
- Read here to know more about how healthy a chocolate chip cookie is for you
New Delhi: No one has ever said no to a chocolate chip cookie. However, scepticism about unhealthy consumption of calories may often arise when working on a weight management plan. One might end up questioning the unhealthiness of something as delicious and irresistible as a chocolate chip cookie. Commercially manufactured chocolate chip cookies have preservatives and artificial sugars in it, making it unhealthy and adding an unnecessary amount of calories to it. The question still persists. Are cookies really unhealthy?
Depending on the ingredients used for the preparation, the number of calories may vary. Here is what you need to know about the calorie count in a homemade chocolate chip cookie.
For calculation, we have assumed that the generic ingredients including chocolate chips, all-purpose flour and butter are used. Furthermore, the cookies are homemade and not commercially manufactured. The average amount of calories present in a medium-sized (2-1/4” diameter) chocolate chip cookies of a serving amount of 16 g are 78 calories. The nutrition facts of the same are as follows:
Nutrition facts of chocolate chip cookies
*Percentage calculation on DIV of 2000 calories.
Tips to make your cookies healthy
There are multiple ways to prepare any food. Tweaking the ingredients can affect the healthiness of the dish drastically. Here are a few ways to make your chocolate chip cookies healthy:
- Ingredients: A great way to make the cookies fibrous is by adding oats to it. This will also enhance the texture of the cookies.
- Amount of ingredients: Butter is an important ingredient of chocolate chip cookies. However, reducing the amount of butter and replacing the reduced amount with any other ingredient such as greek yoghurt, applesauce, pumpkin puree or nut butter can make the cookies heart healthy by reducing fat content.
- The dough: Using whole-wheat flour as a replacement for or in combination with all-purpose flour can add fibre in the cookies, thereby, making it healthier.
- Add ons: You can add fibre and antioxidants to the cookies by adding nuts and dry fruits to it.
Cookies are incredible comfort foods and it is a sad sight to watch people stop themselves from eating it. Consumption of commercially made cookies must be avoided, however, preparing it at home is always a healthier and easier alternative to it. No matter what you eat or how much you eat, it must not be at the cost of your happiness.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.