I have succumbed to Trader Joe’s cutesy advertising...yet again. A new product called "Righteous Rounds" packed in cheerful orange retro-fashioned bags promises a chocolate chip cookie with a “healthy dose of good-for-you ingredients.” Packed with vitamins and fiber and tastes good? I was hooked and grabbed two bags. These mini cookies are made with fruit and vegetable extracts like broccoli, apple, carrot, and tomato and are dried instead of baked so that more vitamins are retained in each cookie. It contains about half the daily RDA of vitamin A and a third of daily vitamin C recommendations. I like that the nutrients are not added (fortified) into the cookies but are from the natural extracts.
The taste: crunchy, chocolately, entirely satisfying! The only hint of "healthy" was the slightly fermented fruity odor, like the smell that exudes from a fresh box of raisins or dried apricots.
The downfall: HSS, or what I call "healthy snack syndrome.” Each cookie is about the size of two thumb nails. Therefore, I effortlessly munched through 4 servings (half the bag) in under 4 minutes. Yikes! There goes 500 calories. I kept chomping because subconsciously I thought, "It's not a regular chocolate chip cookie; it's a healthy chocolate chip cookie!" So, yes, these are definitely a must-try but try you must to put 1 or 2 servings onto a plate and put away the bag, lest all those extra calories outweigh the benefits of the nutrients.
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