Between the months of January and April, 200 million boxes of girl scout cookies are sold. Despite the increasingly wide availability of things like gourmet chocolates and artisanal donuts, we are still a nation of Cookie Monsters.The average American eats 19,000 cookies in a lifetime — not counting the ones they ate as kids.

An interview by Refinery29 with the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA confirmed that those cute little salespeople sell us about $700-$800 million worth of boxed cookies in the first 4 months of the year.

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Instead of giving into the refined, sugar-filled boxed cookies this year, consider making a donation to the scouts and bake your own healthy version of your favorite cookies! 

​​​​​​​Having a hard time picturing yourself turning down that box of thin mints the girls in sashes and hats at your front door are offering you? Buy the box, then donate them! Here are a few ideas of foundations that are always in need of your gracious donations: local schools, food banks, shelters, children’s organizations, etc. 

“Girl Scout cookies are just another sign of the problem of hyper-consumption,” pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig told NPR. “This is just another part of this toxic food chain that kids are awash in,” Susan Rubin, a dentist turned nutritionist and former troop leader, told the New York Times. “At some point, communities are going to have to walk away from the Do-Si-Dos.”

But, we haven’t. People love Girl Scout cookies. Part of that is the taste; they are eminently edible, because they are cookies. Part of that is the nostalgia. They remind you of childhood, how you once were a Girl Scout, or knew a Girl Scout, or ate cookies. They are simple and pure.

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The Girl Scout cookie is a piece of Americana. 

Instead of giving into the Cookie Diet craze this year, think about giving the Girl Scouts a donation without a box of cookies in return. Or, buy a box and donate them to the Girl Scout’s “Gift of Caring” or “Cookie Share” program! In fact, hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies are donated to service members returning from deployment. Service members and their families from around the country will be able to enjoy these delicious cookies!

​​​​​​​And, if you must indulge in some cookies, try the Girl Scout’s new gluten free cookies or make your own classic favorites. But keep in mind – Girl Scout cookies are not the best kind of cookies to overindulge in.

Despite how you feel about Girl Scouts, it is undeniable that they serve an important social function: they give us all a high-minded excuse to do the thing we all already want to do — buy and eat cookies. 

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Do you have any favorite Girl Scout cookies or cookie recipes you would like to add to the list? Leave a comment below!


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