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When You're Stuck With a Bag of Holiday Cookies

When You're Stuck With a Bag of Holiday Cookies

Choosing what to keep as leftovers is one way to help you survive the holidays, but sometimes an insistent host won't let you get away without a bag of holiday treats. Even if you volunteer to take home an alternative item, like leftover hummus, some hosts just won't take no for an answer! So what do you do with a tempting bag of cookies? Here are a few ideas.

  • Bring them to the office. Chances are your co-workers will snatch them up before you have the chance to be tempted.
  • Stash them in the freezer, instead of leaving them on the counter or in a cabinet where they'll tempt you everyday. When you have a true craving for a seasonal treat, warm up your cookie and savor your good sense!
  • I'm not typically a proponent of re-gifting, but I'm also not big on wasting food. If your next holiday party will be here before the cookies become stale, put them in a festive tin and bring them to the party for others to enjoy. If there's not quite enough, make a small batch of your own to round out what you already have.

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almostloli almostloli 8 years
share em with friends, bring those treats to boyfriend's office! true true! :D just don't..... hold them while watching your fave TV show!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, don't bring them to the office...seriously, every frickin' day I go into the lounge and there are a buttload of cookies/candy/etc. that people are trying to get rid of. If I get cookies from people, I usually give some of them to my husband, some to my friends and their kids, and I eat maybe one or two.
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 8 years
Don't bring them to the office! It sucks for office workers trying to stay on the healthy track. But remember: just because someone gives you food, doesn't mean you're forced to eat it. Take want you want and toss the rest. It's just sugar and butter, it's not the end of the world!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I use to just indulge on cookies I was "made" to take. But I just can't do it anymore. It's not worth anything that comes afterward. Now, this is what I would do [and yes, it is kind of wasteful, but then again, the host should have never "wasted" the cookies on me!]: I'd set aside two cookies from the bag. That's my treat. Then I'd crumble the rest and give them back to the earth they came from. It does no good for all of that stuff to be in my body, nobody else will eat them because they *know* how fattening they are, and if they stay *anywhere* in my vicinity I will eventually end up gorging on the whole bag. So, as sad as it is, they have to go, as quickly as possible.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I would also indulge! Well, I wouldn't eat the whole bag. I'd set maybe 3 or 4 cookies aside each for my husband, my daughter, my mother-in-law and myself. Everything else would go to either my office, my husband's shop, or I'd take them to a food pantry (so long as they're not going to be stale and gross before I take them there).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Seriously, if these were delicious holiday cookies (made with real butter, eggs, etc.), I would indulge. Having some treats during a couple of holidays is not going to ruin one's fitness if that person has healthy habits during the rest of the year, and continue their exercise habit during the holidays. I've been doing this for years, and I haven't gained any weight or lost any fitness. In fact, over the last few years, I've slowly lost weight. Somehow, during the last few years, I've gone doing a dress size without doing anything different. I'm still very healthy, per my annual physical (and all my lab work was normal across the board).
runningesq runningesq 8 years
1. take it to my office 2. send to husband's office 3. just get them outta my house!
JaeB JaeB 8 years
I'd take it, share it with my family, and then remember to travel by foot more and run a bit the next times I'm out and about. :P
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