But you better believe it that when I can’t have something, I WANT IT.
This is applicable for all things, not just sweets.
When I can’t afford to buy a freakishly adorable dress, I want it bad. When I’ve already eaten dinner and go to my boyfriend’s and they’re making something yummier than what I had, I want their dinner bad. And when I am on a self-proclaimed “diet” and am obsessively logging and tracking all–and I mean ALL–of my calories on Loseit.com and therefore, can’t eat whatever I want to stuff my face with, I want it all.
Let me tell you: I tend to obsess. A lot.
It’s scary, but I do.
That freakishly adorable dress I mentioned above? Saw it at Nordstrom over the weekend. It was a sad $64, and stupid me, I tried it on only to torture myself over how seriously HOT I looked in it.
And then I didn’t buy it.
And then I thought forever about it.
About the cute, sailor-y blue & white stripes, the adorable bow on the bust, and the swing-y, A-line style skirt.
Seriously, I’m salivating over here! My body NEEDS to be in that dress.
So I obsess. Because I can’t have it.
But, admittedly, the second I have it, I don’t really want it anymore.
DO NOT get me wrong; I’m no ungrateful beeyatch. I appreciate everything, especially the little things. From my boyfriend to my family to gifts to things I buy myself, I appreciate it all and would never take it for granted.
Let’s be serious, though. When you want something and can’t have it and then get it, the surprise dies just a little bit.
And then reality hits.
Like, “Oh crap, did I really just spend $64 on a dress?” (I didn’t). Or, “Damn, I definitely caught myself snacking on a half of a bag of Garden Salsa Sunchips on my crappy day.” (I did). And for the record, when having a diet, the latter example really sucks. That means I have to log allll those calories of my mindless munching into my Loseit.com account.
Ugh, I’m dreading it.
Loseit.com is kind of like the mean personal trainer I don’t have. It’s like every time I log in a food or calorie, it’s like, “hey, your choice to eat half a bag of Sunchips costs you 500 calories.” On chips. Oops.
And you don’t need me to tell you that sweets are usually off-the-charts when it comes to calories. Let’s not kid ourselves.
Yes, my cupcakes are generally much lower in calories and fat than their grocery store or boutique cupcake counterparts. But they’re not exactly “diet.”
Plus, I’m a big cookie fan, too. And how many low-calorie cookies do you know of? Right?! They’re none!
So I dug up this recipe I’ve had for years for these awesome low-calorie chocolate chip cookies. I know that “low-calorie” doesn’t sound appealing, because that means sacrificing yummy things like butter and sugar and we all love those.
And I have seen some people without their butter/sugar fix and it is NOT pretty.
But these cookies are mysteriously amazing without the buttloads of butter and sugar. They’re light, chewy, and soft with awesome texture and flavor. And they have only 60 CALORIES apiece. That’s insanity, kids.
A 60-calorie cookie.
Nope, you didn’t read it wrong.
A sixty calorie cookie. 60 calories. 60 cals. It really is true.
And guess what? This is something that you can have whenever you want. It doesn’t cost you much, it’s always good, and you could never take something this delish for granted even if you tried.
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
1 cup flour (I used all-purpose)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease and pat down two cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, mix together softened butter, sugars, egg white and vanilla until blended. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add flour mixture into sugar mixture until a soft dough forms and flour is fully incorporated. Stir in miniature chocolate chips.
3. Portion cookie dough using a cookie dough scoop or teaspoon and place 1-2″ apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake approximately 8-10 minutes, switching pans halfway through baking time, until lightly golden brown. Cookies may look slightly underdone at 8 minute mark, but that’s okay–do not overbake them, they’ll finish baking on the sheet pan. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool on the pans for 5-10 minutes. Then carefully remove them to wire-racks to cool completely.
These cookies clock in at about 60 calories and 2 grams of fat apiece–not too shabby for a cookie with chocolate, butter, sugar, and flavor!
And best of all, they only make just over a dozen, which means it keeps temptation low. At least, that’s what it means in my household. But you may be one of those people who scarfs down cookies like nobody’s business. In that case, I don’t judge.
Make these awesome cookies now, and tell Loseit.com all about it. I promise they won’t be too angry with you, but you’ll have to enter it as a recipe since I guarantee they’ve never heard of something so awesome before.