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Girl Scout Cookies! cblessum on 2/10/2014
*UPDATED TO PointsPlus 2/4/2011* Use the nutri info on the package for most current data - I hear there are some new ones this year (I haven't tried yet!).

TIPS TO HANDLE THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SYNDROME
by Cherie A. Blessum, Leader (Minot, ND)

The Mind Games We Play (common things we tell ourselves to make it seem alright):

*It only comes once a year
*If I don’t eat them now, there won’t be any left!
*I’m doing it “for the children”

The Truth (reality):

*Instead of buying yourself a box of temptation, make a $3-5 donation; the Troop decides where the proceeds will go.

*Ask the girl what her favorite kind of cookie is, then buy a box for her & tell her it’s a treat from you.

*Girl Scouts participate in the Gift of Caring during cookie sales. Each troop picks a charity to give the cookies purchased from people who don’t want the cookies in their own house. Donate them to the soldiers overseas – they’ll thank you!

*Donate the cookies to a local food pantry, church, Salvation Army, etc.

*If you Mentally Rehearse the situation, you CAN handle them! Portion them into individual baggies, write the PointsPlus value on the baggies, and freeze them. (Quote from 10K on the Staff Site, “That way, you won't do what I did one year... take last year's boxes out of the freezer and eat them all to make room for this year's boxes, haha!”

*Find an alternative. Our WW Mint Cookie Crisp are 2 PointsPlus each and taste like the Thin Mint in a nice controlled portion!

ALWAYS CHECK NUTRITIONAL INFO & PointsPlus ON YOUR OWN TO BE SURE…did you know that different parts of the country have different manufacturers & names of cookies? You can do a general search on the Internet to find nutritional info and also find them right on the boxes. Figures below are calculated from nutritional info provided on the 2010-2011 Website: http://www.girlscoutcookies.org/

(Below are cookies we have in North Dakota):

CARAMEL DELITES
2 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
31 PP in whole box

PEANUT BUTTER PATTIES
2 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
25 PP in whole box

SHORTBREAD
4 cookies = 3 PointsPlus
34 PP in whole box

THIN MINTS (ABC Bakery)
4 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
35 PP in whole box

PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES
3 cookies = 5 PointsPlus
32 PP in whole box

LEMONADES
2 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
34 PP in whole box

THANKS-A-LOT
2 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
33 PP in whole box

SHOUT OUTS
4 cookies = 3 PointsPlus
34 PP in whole box

THESE ARE FOUND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY - CHECK YOUR BOX FOR THE BAKERY

THIN MINTS (LBB Bakery)
4 cookies = 5 PointsPlus
32 PP in whole box

SAMOAS
2 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
27 PP in whole box

TAGALONGS
2 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
27 PP in whole box

DO-SI-DOS
2 cookies = 3 PointsPlus
29 PP in whole box

TREFOILS
5 cookies = 5 PointsPlus
32 PP in whole box

LEMON CHALET
3 cookies = 5 PointsPlus
29 PP in whole box

DULCE DE LECHE
4 cookies = 4 PointsPlus
22 PP in whole box

THANK U BERRY MUNCH
2 cookies = 3 PointsPlus
23 PP in whole box

The more educated you are in these matters, the more educated your decisions will be!