Girl Scout Cookie Season: Be Prepared

Girl Scout cookie season is underway.

Over the years, the Girl Scouts have taken a fair amount of flack for their cookies’ trans fat content and more recently, GMO ingredients.

To be fair: nobody gets into a box of cookies for their health. And as the GS executives have been known to say, “We know we aren’t selling broccoli.”

But when you do find yourself face-to-face with a Girl Scout slangin’ cookies this season: what should you choose?

No Health Halo Here

The low-fat and sugar-free varieties of the 1990s are out. I applaud the Girl Scouts for not even trying to offer a healthy cookie these days.

None of their cookies are made with whole grains, none have more than 1 g fiber per serving, and all are laden with refined grains and sugar. Which is ok. Because they’re cookies.

Cookie Monster Math

  • If you’re a volume person, your best bet are the Shortbread Trefoils: you get 5 cookies for 160 calories, 7 g fat, & 2.5 g sat fat
  • If you’re concerned about saturated fat, stay away from – of course – the most popular flavors: Thin Mints (4 cookies have 5 g saturated fat), Caramel deLites aka Samosas (2 cookies have 5 g saturated fat), and Peanut Butter Patties aka Tagalongs (2 cookies have 5 g saturated fat)
  • To do the least damage, Cranberry Chews are a good option wherein 4 cookies gets you 150 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 g fiber and 2 g protein.

At the end of the day, a box of Girl Scout Cookies is going to set you back a few bucks and over 1,000 calories.

But, 75% of proceeds go directly to Girl Scouts in your area. So, you can feel good about not eating so well.