The Dangers of Girl Scout Cookie Season

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Get your Girl Scout cookie fix with these healthy swaps from Red Mountain.

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Girl Scout Cookies

Even as a motivated, goal-oriented individual, it is still a possibility you will be included as a purchase order in the Girl Scout’s over 200 million boxes expected to be sold. The Girl Scout’s sales pitch of teaching girls valuable life skills through raw experience and their devotion to using the proceeds to benefit society is pretty much irresistible. Often times, people buy the cookies just because they feel guilty that they aren’t putting their money towards the charitable cause being benefitted, so they shell out the cash for a box or two, putting their consciences to rest, but risking their health.

This Girl Scout cookie season, we challenge you to put your foot down in terms of cookie consumption. You’ve committed to a healthy lifestyle; don’t erase your progress for the temporary satisfaction of a sweet treat! There are countless alternatives that will leave you with the same feelings of fulfillment, both conscience-wise and in terms of taste.

Cash Donations

One of the most common justifications for cookie purchase is that it benefits the community and is for a good cause, but there are ways give back that don’t involve gorging yourself on Tagalongs®.

If you’re okay with saying no, politely tell whomever is trying to sell you cookies that you intend to donate money to a local charity of your choice in place of a cookie purchase. This way, your money is still being put to good use and your conscience will be laid to rest. In the case that you’re not prepared to refuse when asked to make a purchase, offer to donate money directly to their cause instead. Because the Girl Scouts’ goal is to raise money, it’s safe to say that they’ll find the free funding more than sufficient.

Donate Your Cookies

If you do end up getting talked in to buying the dreadfully addictive seasonal treats, or already have, consider boxing and shipping them to our troops overseas or donating them to a local food bank.

There are plenty of people that would love to have the opportunity to enjoy these American favorites; give them the opportunity! When you donate Girl Scout cookies, you’re doing twice the good – benefitting your immediate community and filling someone in need’s snack drawer. Plus, doing this is fun, interactive, and the kind of feel-good you can’t get by blindly donating.

Get Your Flavor Fix With Protein Shakes

If you’re known to succumb to purchase because of the great flavors, try making a healthy swap! Protein Shakes are a great option, as they are low calorie, nutritious, and come in great flavors. Red Mountain Weight Loss® offers a variety of which that act as perfect swaps!

Girl Scout Cookie Swaps

Stay strong this cookie season; you are better than your cravings! Supporting the Girl Scout organization is fine and good, but there are smarter ways to do it than purchasing an armful of boxes. Next time you’re confronted by a Girl Scout, whether it be at home or at the supermarket, use these tips as a means to stay on track with your health.

*Red Mountain Weight Loss® Protein Shakes & Drinks are available for purchase at each of our locations.

Stephanie Bray

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