As a self-proclaimed health blogger, I want to inform college students about what it takes to be healthy while going to school. I hope to inspire students to always opt for the healthiest options in the dining halls and places around campus, such as Rosie’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Chipotle.
I transferred to Kent State from a community college close to home. I lived with my parents, who always had a fully stocked refrigerator, even for their one vegetarian kid (my siblings are far from herbivores). I worked at Panera Bread, easily one of the healthiest fast food chains in the area, and I was never worried about an over-packed rec center. The commuter life led me to believe I was a normal college kid who simply never happened to gain the freshman, sophomore or junior fifteen.
When I moved to Kent, I realized healthy-living wasn’t second nature anymore. I realized there are very conscious decisions and choices I would have to make and compromise for.
While I want to write about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, I’m also here to tell you that if you’re in college, juggling classes, working, paying bills, taking out loans or dealing with the stresses and pressures that come with every college year all while simultaneously taking steps to motivate yourself to be healthy, you’re already way ahead of where you think you are.
So, to start, here’s a classic recipe with a healthier substitute: the avocado chocolate-chip cookie.
This recipe calls for avocados instead of butter. That’s right—no butter.
The reason being 100 grams of avocado is about 160 calories, whereas the same amount of butter is about 700. Avocado fats are healthier for the body because they contain a significantly less saturated fat than butter. Avocados are a great source of potassium and have virtually no cholesterol compared to butter, as well as twice as much protein.
1/3 cup honey OR ½ cup coconut sugar (sounds weird but it’s worth it)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
1 tablespoon of water
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the avocado and the honey or coconut sugar until smooth.
Add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
Add the water and baking soda until it’s completely dissolved.
Plop the cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
These cookies won’t spread as much as usual cookies, so make sure to flatten them out on the pan.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
One thing I love is cold cookies. I always refrigerate and save them for later. They will last for a few days in an airtight container (if you can save them for that long).
Avocado cookies might sound strange, but make it an experiment to try with your roommates. I promise you won’t regret it.
Cheers to healthier cookies!