Lenny & Larry’s “Complete” cookies. A healthy cookie with 16g of protein, surely it must be much healthier than eating a regular cookie. Well, not necessarily.

The fact that it’s a “complete” cookie doesn’t refer to its nutritional breakdown, it refers to a random assortment of terms that this specific company deems important.

They’re vegan, containing no dairy products. They contain no soy, non-gmo ingredients, artificial sweeteners, or high fructose corn syrup. Funny enough, they’re not considered organic. But all of these terms don’t necessarily mean that the cookie is healthy, they just mean that they check those specific boxes.

This is not to say that Lenny & Larry’s is NOT healthy.

The thing about “healthy” is that we all have different definitions. If a vegan, non-GMO cookie is healthy by your standards, then that’s great! But when it comes to Lenny & Larry’s, it is pushed very heavily in the fitness community as a protein cookie, and that is where I find a discrepency.

In terms of actual nutrition, Lenny & Larry’s are just cookies with some extra fiber and protein. When you look at the label, remember that the nutrition is for HALF a cookie (what kind of psycho eats only half of a cookie?)

I recently got a so-called “normal” cookie from a local deli, and couldn’t help but notice the nutrition was almost identical to a Lenny & Larry’s cookie, minus some extra protein and fiber.

Nearly identical calories, fat, and sugar. Why is that?

Because they’re both just cookies. And I don’t know about you, but I prefer the taste of a fresh baked cookie WAY MORE than these packaged “protein” cookies.

I’ll sacrifice the 5g of protein. If you’re watching what you eat, be careful not to assume that just because there’s more protein, that the product is automatically healthy.

Remember, you should never just choose a food based on the fact that it SOUNDS healthy. Look at the following comparison as an example…

 

Comparing Lenny & Larry's cookies to a "normal" diet

There’s nothing wrong with eating this cookie, or a protein bar, or any other snack for that matter.

But there is absolutely something wrong with consuming it INSTEAD of actual foods you enjoy, like the real oatmeal raisin cookie, just because you think this is a healthier option (PS- oatmeal raisin is the best cookie flavor. Don’t you dare try to argue that!)

Look at this macro comparison. The “live your life diet” comes out on top in almost every single category, except having slightly less fiber. You can eat flavored greek yogurt, flavored almonds (the sriracha ones are amazing, by the way) and a beer, and come out with more favorable macros than a single protein cookie.

The right can be any combination of foods, or the regular oatmeal raisin cookie, but the point remains.

Just because a food isn’t labeled as “healthy” or “protein whatever”, it doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. You can pair a beer, which most view as empty calories, with some delicious, healthy snacks and still be well within your goals.

Learning to read and understand nutrition labels is the best gift you can give yourself.

By relying on the marketing jargon on the front of packages, you’re forced to think whatever companies want you to think.

By looking past those, you can build a diet based around what YOU like and what YOUR goal are.

 

Want a more delicious, high-protein alternative to the complete cookie? I’ve got a few recipes you’re gonna love…

 

Brownie batter stuffed cookie cupsGiant Chocolate Chip Protein CookieProtein Chocolate Fudge Cookies

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