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    What Is The Keto Diet?

    What Is The Keto Diet?

    What is the Keto Diet? 

    If you’re one of the approximately 45 million Americans who go on a diet every year, then odds are you have heard the word “keto” mentioned at some point. Short for the ketogenic diet, keto is an ancestral type of diet that really isn’t a diet at all but rather a lifestyle choice in which one’s diet consists of foods closer in alignment with what our ancestors ate. In many ways it is similar to the Paleo diet, but there are differences between the two.

    Unlike the paleo diet, the goal of the keto diet is to get your body into a state of ketosis, in which it is being fueled by fat instead of by sugars and carbohydrates.

    Keto vs Paleo

    Both keto and paleo are considered ancestral diets because they each take a very low carb approach to food intake. They allow for higher amounts of protein and fats with very little allowances made for carbs and zero refined sugars.

    Of the two, paleo allows for more carbs than keto, with the type of carb making all the difference. For instance, in paleo, you can eat carbs as long as they come from whole foods, like sweet potatoes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, or fruit.

    In keto, while you are allowed carbs, they shouldn’t account for more than 5% of your daily dietary intake. Plus, the type of carb is even more important on the keto diet. For instance, someone on the keto diet would choose cauliflower or Brussels sprouts over sweet potatoes because they have less sugar. In terms of fruit, on the keto diet, low sugar fruits like berries are preferred over bananas, apples, citrus fruits, peaches, and other sweet fruits.

    What are Macros?

    When most people start on the keto diet, they track what they eat by “counting macros.” Macros are the macronutrients that are being ingested, but they can also be counted as percentages of fat, protein, and carbs.

    The standard ketogenic diet recommends 75% of one’s daily dietary intake coming from high quality fats, 20% from protein, and 5% from carbs. There are also other variations of the keto diet that allow for different variations in macros, including:

    • Cyclical keto: This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days. Most commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders
    • Targeted keto: This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts and as such is also typically only used by athletes and bodybuilders
    • High-protein keto: This is like the standard ketogenic diet, but it allows for more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs

    Who Benefits Most from Keto?

    The keto diet was initially created to help treat patients with neurological diseases like epilepsy but today it is popular among all demographics. And, it has been shown to be especially beneficial to those with diabetes or prediabetes. One study found that keto improved insulin sensitivity in diabetic patients by 75%. In another study that compared the keto diet to a high-carb diet, 95.2% of the ketogenic group were also able to stop or reduce diabetes medication, compared to 62% in the higher-carb group. Other studies have found the keto diet to be beneficial for those suffering from:

    • Heart disease
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Cancer
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Acne
    • Brain injuries
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome

    Dietary Challenges of the Keto Diet

    Despite the benefits, a lot of people have difficulty maintaining the keto diet because of its strict dietary requirements. When you’re on keto, you should greatly reduce or eliminate the following:

    • Sugary foods
    • Grains and starches
    • Alcohol
    • Sugar-free diet foods
    • Root vegetables and tubers
    • Beans and legumes
    • All fruit (except for a very small amount of berries)
    • Low-fat products
    • Processed foods
    • Unhealthy fats

    The foods allowed on a keto diet include:

    • High-quality meats and fatty fish
    • Eggs
    • Full fat cream and butter
    • Avocados
    • High fat nuts and seeds
    • Unprocessed cheese
    • Low-carb vegetables
    • Healthy oils, herbs, and spices

    Can’t Find a Keto-Friendly Snack? The Cookie Department Has the Answer

    One of the greatest challenges people have on the keto diet is solving their snacking dilemma. While cravings decline once the body reaches a state of ketosis, people on the keto diet still miss the occasional treat. Most are resigned to making keto-friendly desserts and “fat bombs,” but these take time and a lot of ingredients to make.

    At The Cookie Department, we have finally created the ultimate keto-friendly treat option that you can take with you wherever you go. Our brand-new keto-friendly cookies offer all the sweetness, and decadence you love about premium cookies without all the sugar, carbs, and guilt. Plus, they’re made using fully functional ingredients that work for your body instead of against it. Nobody thought it could be done, but we did it!

    Check out our full selection of keto-friendly cookies online today, use 10% off coupon code KETO10 at checkout and enjoy cookies again!

     

    The Cookie Department’s cookies contain clean and functional ingredients that make them healthier for you than regular cookies. Find out more here

    The Cookie Department’s cookies contain clean and functional ingredients that make them healthier for you than regular cookies. Find out more here

    What is the Difference Between “Healthy” and “Healthier?”

    At The Cookie Department, we often get asked – are your cookies healthy? So, we wanted to answer this question in today’s blog post.

    At the end of the day, our soft-baked cookies are just that, cookies. But what sets our cookies apart from the fold is that we use clean and functional ingredients that are known to benefit the body. For example, while we use brown sugar in our recipes, we also use date paste to help increase the sweet factor without relying solely on sugar.

    Our cookies are soft and chewy and completely decadent, so they can’t realistically be considered “healthy,” but if you’re craving the satisfying taste of a delicious cookie, we can say that our cookies are certainly healthier than the competition. It all comes down to the ingredients we use and here’s why.

    Comparing Our Chocolate Chip Nookie Cookie

    Our Chocolate Chip Nookie Cookie is one of our most popular flavors. And why not? Everybody loves a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie that’s loaded with chocolate chips, right? But let’s compare our recipe with a leading manufacturer of chocolate chip cookies.

    Leading Brand Ingredients: Unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate {vitamin b1}, riboflavin {vitamin b2}, folic acid), semisweet chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, dextrose, soy lecithin), sugar, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated cotton seed oil, high fructose corn syrup, leavening ( baking soda and /or ammonium phosphate), salt, whey (from milk ), natural and artificial flavor, caramel color.

    Chocolate Chip Nookie Ingredients: Wheat flour, Enriched (wheat flour, malted, niacin, reduced iron, riboflavin, folic acid), semisweet chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin), brown sugar, high oleic sunflower oil, algae butter, butter (cream, salt), water, date paste, evaporated cane sugar, invert sugar (dextrose, fructose), moisturlok (made from fruit juice and grain), eggs, maca powder, vanilla, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder.

    As you can see, there are some similar base ingredients in both cookies. But each cookie has several ingredients that the other does not.

    The leading brand uses standard soybean oil, while The Cookie Department uses high oleic sunflower oil, which is a fat that is recognized as being equally as healthy as the fat in avocados. High oleic sunflower oil promotes healthy cholesterol levels and helps lower your risk of coronary heart disease.

    The leading brand also uses high fructose corn syrup in its recipe, and there is a long list of potential health issues stemming from its use. The Cookie Department doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup. Instead, we sweeten our cookies with brown sugar, date paste, and evaporated cane sugar.

    Our cookies also feature algae butter and maca powder, which the leading brand does not. Algae butter not only produces better baked goods, it has 50% less saturated fat compared to butter. Because algae butter is plant-based, it is also a cleaner option and the most sustainable fat source in the world. Meanwhile, maca powder delivers a host of health-improving benefits. It boosts energy and endurance, eases anxiety and depression, reduces blood pressure, fights free radicals, improves learning and memory, and more.

    Choose the Cookie that Works for You

    When you’re in the mood for a cookie, isn’t it better to choose a cookie that can satisfy your cravings while providing your body with clean, functional ingredients instead of ingredients that are known to be harmful to your health?

    At The Cookie Department, we can’t outright say that our cookies are “healthy” for you to eat. But they are the “healthier” option when you compare them against every other cookie on the market. Try one of our delicious soft baked cookies and taste the difference clean ingredients make. Place your order today and we’re confident you’ll keep coming back for more! 

    Use coupon code HEALTHIER15 and enjoy 15% off your next order at https://thecookiedepartment.com/collections/cookies

    Drinking Your Morning Coffee Isn’t The Only Way To Get Your Caffeine Boost To Start The Day. Many Believe That Eating Your Coffee Is Even Better For You

    Drinking Your Morning Coffee Isn’t The Only Way To Get Your Caffeine Boost To Start The Day. Many Believe That Eating Your Coffee Is Even Better For You

    Is It Healthy to Eat Your Coffee?

    What’s not to love about coffee? It not only tastes great, it also is an essential way to start the day for millions and millions of people. In fact, 54% of coffee drinkers say that it is only after having their morning cup of coffee do they feel like themselves.

    But what many people don’t realize is that coffee offers benefits other than wiping the sleep out of their eyes. Coffee contains antioxidants that can help reduce your risk of developing several serious diseases. It has been shown to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, skin cancer, liver disease, and Type-2 diabetes. Drinking a cup or two of coffee can even help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

    While drinking coffee is the traditional way people ingest it, new studies are showing that eating it might be even more beneficial. Here are three key ways that eating your coffee has shown to be healthier for you.

    You Get More Antioxidants by Eating Coffee

    For most Americans, the bulk of their antioxidant intake comes through their daily cups of coffee. But as antioxidant-rich as brewed coffee is, far more antioxidants never make it into the cup. The reason is because the majority of coffee’s antioxidants remain in the grounds after brewing.

    By skipping the brewing process and eating the coffee, you will enjoy the full amount of antioxidants found within the beans. This is important because antioxidants are essential for keeping free radicals out of the bloodstream. So, the more you ingest, the healthier your body will be.

    Coffee Beans are Low Calorie

    If you are watching your weight or trying to lose a few pounds, then eating your coffee is a great way to enjoy a snack that is also very low calorie. Eating one-ounce of espresso coffee beans adds just three calories to your daily diet. But, eating your coffee with a source of quality dark chocolate provides you with an energy boost!

    Caffeine is Absorbed Quicker When Eaten

    Need to wake up quickly? Then you’ll want to skip your cup of coffee and just eat it. The beneficial active ingredients in coffee are absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth, so when you eat your coffee the ingredients get absorbed much quicker. Eating coffee will make your brain more alert, eliminate your mental fog, and fill your body with the powerful antioxidants you need faster than drinking it.

    Coffee in a Soft and Chewy Cookie, What Can Be Better?

    The Cookie Department uses fair-trade coffee in our delicious, soft-baked double chocolate cookie, Awaken Baked. Every cookie comes packed with 40mg of antioxidant-rich coffee, thus giving you the boost you need whenever and wherever you need it.

    We are committed to bringing you the best-tasting and most-functional cookies in the world. Every Awaken Baked cookie we bake is made from the very finest ingredients, including high oleic sunflower oil, algae butter, sea salt, and more. Our cookies taste fantastic and you’re doing your body a favor just by enjoying one. Give our decadent, chocolatey Awaken Baked cookies a try today, and start getting the most out of your coffee – by eating it. Place an order today and we’ll have your fresh-from-the-oven cookies delivered to you fast!

    What makes our cookies functional

    About Our Ingredients

    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. Our incredible cookies are soft-baked, chewy, and loaded with beneficial ingredients, and they’re delicious as well.

    We have created the first fully functional cookie. But what does the term “fully functional” mean regarding cookies? It actually boils down to the ingredients we use in our recipes. We use functional ingredients that are known for their unique health-promoting properties. Here is a list of some of the ingredients featured in our cookies.


    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?