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    5 Super Easy-to-Follow Healthy Eating Habits

    5 Easy-to-Follow Healthy Eating Habits

    It’s no secret that the food we eat plays a huge role in our health.

    While the wrong foods can make us feel sluggish and tired, the healthier path can present a myriad of benefits for our bodies. In fact, not only does healthy eating improve our overall well-being, but it can also ward off chronic diseases. This is something that’s more important now than ever, as Maryville University reports that by 2025, 164 million Americans are projected to be affected by chronic illnesses. But aside from making sure your body is strong and healthy to fight off diseases, having good eating habits can also positively affect our mood, and even delay the signs of aging.

    We know first hand  that the first steps to eating healthy can be hard, so we’ve outlined 5 easy-to-follow healthy eating habits that you can get started on as soon as possible.

    Drink, drink, drink!


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    We’re sure you’ve been reminded of the importance of staying hydrated — but in terms of healthy eating habits, drinking water throughout the day can help keep hunger levels down, energy levels high, and digestion levels intact. Not to mention, studies conducted from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State have found that drinking more water can even help manage weight.

    Start by keeping a reusable water bottle around with you so you can drink over the course of your day. If you have trouble remembering to drink, download an app that can remind you to stay hydrated.

    Fix your eating schedule

     

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    Skipping meals is a bad idea, as it can lead to overeating, which can lead to skipping meals, and so on and so forth. It’s an unhealthy cycle and, according to Vartika Kashyap, the biggest energy killer! That said, maintaining a regular schedule and eating at fixed intervals is vital to ensure that you can stay productive and feel energized throughout the day.

    Eat whole foods — as in, food you can grow


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    Potatoes come from the ground, while eggs come from a hen — you know where these come from, but where did that Pop Tarts come from? While they indeed come from an original food source, processed food has a lot of extra sugar, sodium, and preservatives added to them that remove the nutrients.

    Instead of buying heavily processed food, get started by looking out for unprocessed whole foods at the grocery store, as they can give you the best benefits. If you eat out, choose restaurants that serve healthy, balanced meals made with real, minimally processed ingredients.

    Have healthy snacks on hand

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    There’s nothing wrong with snacking — but it’s better to snack on healthy food. For instance, choose to eat snacks that are low in carbohydrates, but high in nutrition or protein, such as our very own Cake Walk Keto and Gluten-Free Cookie! Other than this, you can eat nuts, such as pistachios or walnuts, or eat snacks with grains in them. Keep these at eye-level so that when you’re in the kitchen looking for snacks, they’re the first things you see. You can also choose to store fresh fruit in a bowl in the kitchen, or stock up your fridge with small batches of cooked whole grains.

    Create meal plan and meal prep


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    Meal plans have plenty of benefits — you get to eat better, save money, and have more time during the week. If you pair this with prepping your food, you get to go into work without worrying about what to have for lunch anymore. While it does require a few spare hours of your Sunday night, at least you’ll get to learn how to cook.

    If you haven’t meal prepped before, start small and choose simple and easy recipes just for lunch throughout the week to make on a Sunday. Once you’ve got it down pat, add breakfasts or dinners, until you can make several different simple dishes in a night that you can have over the course of the week.

     

    Written by Robbyn Jiselle for thecookiedepartment.com

     

    Get to know the inspiration behind The Cookie Department's keto line

    Get to know the inspiration behind The Cookie Department's keto line

    The Cookie Department's line of keto cookies was inspired by my wife Elannah's healing journey from traumatic brain injuries.

    You can learn more about that here! https://thecookiedepartment.com/pages/about-us

    Elannah hopes that in sharing her story of overcoming debilitating medical challenges (with the help of the ketogenic diet!), others will feel more empowered, more inner peace and more joy within their own lives.

    This recent interview provides insight not only into the beautiful source of our keto cookie inspiration; my brave, strong, determined wife, but also into better understanding of being or loving a sensitive person. 

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    Is Keto Good for Diabetics?

    Is Keto Good for Diabetics?

    Unless you have been living under a rock in 2019, then odds are you’ve heard about the keto diet. This past year, keto broke into the mainstream in a very major way, completely overtaking social media and becoming the de-facto diet for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

    But despite the coverage there’s one question that always pops up when the topic turns to keto – is keto good for diabetics?

    Why Diabetics on the Keto Diet Love It

    The keto diet is an eating plan that revolves around eating very low carbs, a moderate amount of protein and higher amounts of high-quality (mostly) unsaturated fats. The diet is particularly favored by those diagnosed with type-2 diabetes because following the plan eventually leads to the body using ketones as its primary fuel source instead of glucose, which it would normally get from carbs. In fact, it can take just a few days of following the keto diet for the body to enter this stage, called “nutritional ketosis.”

    Diabetics on the keto diet in Los Angeles were naturally among the first to tout the body-slimming benefits of this ancestral eating plan, but more importantly, its results are backed by scientific research. Research studies have shown that people with type-2 diabetes can effectively lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels by being on the keto diet. In fact, in one study, people with type-2 diabetes not only lost weight, they also needed less medication and lowered their A1c after following the keto diet for one year.

    Overcoming the Biggest Hurdle for Diabetics on the Keto Diet

    Although keto is good for diabetics, it’s not to say that sticking to the diet is easy. Being on the keto diet takes a lot of commitment because there are restrictions in the eating plan. For those without diabetes, this means avoiding sweets and processed foods among other things. While this might seem like it doesn’t apply to those with diabetes because they already avoid these foods, the truth is a lot of the artificial sweeteners used to make diabetic-friendly desserts have been shown to adversely affect blood glucose levels to the point that they increase one’s risk of developing diabetes and obesity.  

    Thankfully, The Cookie Department has created a solution to help curve your cravings, whether you’re on the keto diet, on the paleo diet, have a gluten sensitivity or are diabetic. With our new line of gluten-free, keto-friendly cookies, diabetics on the keto diet in Los Angeles and the rest of the country can finally enjoy their desserts again.

    Big, Fresh and Chewy Cookies That are Low Glycemic

    At The Cookie Department, our cookies are made from fully functional ingredients that do more than just taste great – they benefit the body. We use only good, wholesome ingredients with no artificial anything. Our new keto-friendly cookies are 3:1 keto, macro-friendly and have a low impact on the body’s glycemic levels, making them an ideal dessert option for someone with diabetes on the keto diet.

    So, it’s true – the keto diet is good for diabetics. And, with our new line of keto-friendly cookies, you can finally enjoy the taste and texture of a premium, fresh-baked cookie again even if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or you’re doing keto or both!

     

    Looking for the Best Tasting Keto Desserts? Try a Cookie!

    Looking for the Best Tasting Keto Desserts? Try a Cookie!

    Ask anyone on the keto diet about their biggest food related challenges and odds are you’ll be told it’s really hard to find tasty keto desserts with clean ingredients. Thats where The Cookie Department comes in!

    Gluten Free Keto Desserts With Clean Ingredients 

    That Are Actually Delicious!

    What many are calling the best tasting keto desserts on the market, our cookies are large, soft baked, and macro friendly contains only 1g of sugar and never more than 4 net carbs per whole cookie. Made with functional wholesome ingredients they do more than just taste great; they’re beneficial to the body too!

    We use keto friendly non-GMO ingredients like almond flour, Lakanto monk fruit sweetener, grass-fed unsalted butter, whole eggs, and prebiotic fiber to achieve the idyllic 3:1 keto ratio. Made with no artificial ingredients they’re low glycemic and certified gluten free, so they’re safe for diabetics and those with gluten sensitivity. 

    We have three incredible flavors available – Cake WalkMint Condition and Champion Chip

    With these cookies in your pantry, your journey to getting your body in mint condition on keto will be a cake walk.

     

    What Makes Our Cookies Functional?

    What Makes Our Cookies Functional?

    What is a Fully Functional Cookie?

    If you were asked to think of one or two snacks that have the potential to be good for you, odds are cookies wouldn’t cross your mind! But at The Cookie Department, we have made the impossible possible BY creating a whole line of Fully Functional cookies! But what does the term “Fully Functional” mean?

    It boils down to the functional ingredients we use in our recipes which are known for their unique health-promoting properties. So our decadent soft-baked, melt- in- your- mouth cookies are loaded with beneficial ingredients! 

    Here is a list of some of the ingredients that make our cookies not only delicious, but Fully Functional as well.

    About Our Ingredients


    Fair Trade Coffee Beans

    At The Cookie Department, we are all about using ingredients that are good for the body and good for the planet. This is why we use only fair trade coffee beans in our recipes. Fair trade coffee supports environmental sustainability and the local communities and farmers that harvest the beans. It also tastes better and is better for your health. This coffee is grown slowly in rich, nutrient-dense soil and without fertilizers or pesticides. The nutrients in the soil are absorbed by the beans and forwarded to you.


    rBST-Free Whey Protein

    Our cookies are made with rBST-Free Whey Protein. This classification means that the whey protein is grown organically, using ethically treated cow’s milk sources. The milk used in our recipes comes from cows that have not been injected with bovine somatotropin, so you never have to worry about involuntarily ingesting artificial growth hormones with our cookies.


    Cayenne Pepper

    Cayenne pepper contains an ingredient called capsaicin, which is not only responsible for the pepper’s heat, but also its medicinal properties. Cayenne pepper provides plenty of health benefits. It has been shown to accelerate the metabolism, reduce hunger, lower blood pressure, aid in digestion, relieve pain, reduce cancer risks, improve psoriasis, and more.


    Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes help keep our cookies moist, but that’s not the only reason we include them in our recipes. They are also high in fiber and packed with vitamins and minerals. For example, sweet potatoes are naturally high in Vitamin A, which is an important vitamin for protecting against lung cancer. They’re also high in antioxidants that can improve eye health and have been shown to help manage type 2 diabetes.


    Oats

    Oats make our cookies super-satisfying because they are an excellent source of fiber and protein, but besides that, they also bring a lot of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to the table. Oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. They can help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your blood sugar levels, and improve the growth of good bacteria in your gut.


    Maca Root

    Maca root is a Peruvian plant that has been used for thousands of years by the Peruvians for its ability to boost energy and endurance. Maca is also high in flavonoids, which have been known to help improve anxiety and depression. According to multiple studies, Maca root has even been shown to help reduce blood pressure, fight free radicals, improve skin health, reduce menopause symptoms, improve cognition, reduce erectile dysfunction, and improve fertility and libido.


    Dates

    Dates are nature’s sweetener. But in addition to their sweetness, they are also high in fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants and they contain minerals that benefit the body’s skeletal system. Dates are also known to be good for the brain, help with blood sugar management, and help ease late-term labor in pregnant women.


    High Oleic Sunflower Oil

    High oleic sunflower oil is pressed from sunflowers that have been specifically bred to be high in monounsaturated fat. This is the type of fat found in olives and avocados, so it is a functional fat that promotes good brain health and memory recall. High oleic sunflower oil has also been shown to help support healthy blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin levels.

    Get Fully Functional (and Utterly Delicious) Cookies from The Cookie Department

    Every facet of our business is designed around providing our customers with the best cookies they have ever had. We are committed to bringing you delicious cookies made using the finest and cleanest ingredients available. When you eat one of our cookies, you’re enjoying a cookie that is made from ingredients that complement your active lifestyle. Why not try our cookies out for yourself and place an order today?