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Eating for Two: A Healthier Oatmeal Raisin Cookie?

Many people ask me if pregnancy has increased my appetite. I don’t feel as if it has, although I hear that might change in the ravenous third trimester. I was already a hearty eater, not a Diet Coke and salad girl, and I don’t think I’m eating much bigger lunches and dinners. Nevertheless, my weight’s been climbing as it should—about a pound a week—and I’m afraid I must be getting my extra calories from dessert instead of the recommended nutrition-packed nuts, vegetables, and whole grains. I’ve claimed here more than once to have my dessert-eating under control, but the time has come for me to stop lying to myself and to you: I’ve been eating sweets much more frequently than I did pre-baby.

It’s easy to convince yourself that ice cream is full of calcium, but I don’t know how to explain the bags of gingersnaps that have disappeared before my husband ever saw them. On a recent trip to Houston there was the beautiful cake my parents bought to celebrate my pregnancy, and how could I visit Texas without enjoying Shipley’s donuts and Blue Bell ice cream? Back home in New York I can’t stop baking cookies, so recently I decided I should at least experiment with a slightly healthier oatmeal raisin cookie.

The Well-Rounded Pregnancy Cookbook says that these cookies have pumped-up “nutritional value” thanks to the shredded coconut and sunflower seeds. Whether this is true I cannot say, but I feel slightly less guilty about eating them, and we all know guilt is not good for you. I worried that they would taste grim, what with the sunflower seeds and all, but they’re actually tasty enough to satisfy my dessert craving without being so overwhelmingly delicious that I feel compelled to eat four at a time. I'm glad I discovered this recipe, because seriously, I've got to stop buying those gingersnaps.

About the author: Robin Bellinger recently escaped a career in book publishing, which was cutting into her cooking time. Now she's a freelance editor and can bake bread on Tuesday afternoon if she feels like it. She lives in Midtown Manhattan with her husband and blogs about cooking and crafting at home*economics.

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