Make the holidays healthier by indulging in this dessert staple the right way—with three cookies that won't derail your diet

By Charlotte Hilton Andersen
December 01, 2014

Crunchy Thin Mints, gooey Samoas, peanut-buttery Tagalongs, or classic chocolate chip-whatever your favorite Girl Scout cookie is, the best and the worst part of the tasty treats is that they only come once a year. But this year, these desserts are becoming even more accessible. The Girl Scouts of America (GSA) are expanding into online cookie sales.

Don't worry, you'll still be able to buy directly from the adorable green-beret'ed girls themselves through door-to-door or store-front sales but this year, entrepreneurial scouts will also be able to set up an online store to help meet their sales goals. "Selling cookies is about more than just handing over a box for money," the Girl Scouts said in a press release. "It's about learning skills essential to success and to life." And those skills now include online business tools-a wise choice for girls growing up in this digital age.

Customers can choose whether they would like their cookies shipped directly or delivered to them by a scout. Of course, no matter how they end up in your cabinet, cookie are still, well, cookies. So to help you with portion control-wait, where did that whole sleeve of Thin Mints go?-here are three smarter choices so you can have your cookies and eat them too. (But not all of them! At least not all at once.) Plus, try making these Healthy Cookie Recipes on your own!

1. Savannah Smiles. The zesty lemon in the sugar-dusted Savannah Smiles are a good choice since citrus flavors have been shown to reduce stress and cravings.

2. Trios Cookies. They are named for their tasty combo of chocolate, oats, and peanut butter-and they are are gluten-free. These are perfect for people who love how a cookie tastes-but don't love how eating wheat makes them feel. Plus oatmeal has proven heart benefits.

3. Cranberry Citrus Crisps. They have more nutrition than your average cookie thanks to being made with whole grain flour and real fruit. Not only do the cranberries provide a boost of vitamin C but research shows that strong flavors help you feel full faster, helping you stick to the three-cookie serving size.