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Why These Cookies Are My Food Heroes of the Pandemic

OK, so check it. Recently while doing a routine blood pressure check, I discovered that my readings were high. Like, really high. Like, "two of your cousins yelling at you to go see a doctor" high. It freaked me out. And while I still haven't gone out in these pandemic streets to seek immediate care, I have started to be more mindful about what I put into my body that might be contributing to those readings. To put it more succinctly, I've been eating better.

The first thing I did was clear out everything that contained loads of sodium in my pantry. I got rid of the processed meats (RIP frozen meat patties) and high sodium foods (see ya Starkist Deli tuna). I watched what I cooked (ok, what someone else cooked, but still) and studied the menus when I ordered in.

And then I went to Trader Joe's. Have we talked lately about what a godsend this grocery store is? I will not and cannot comment on their employee practices or where they're located, but what I will say is that the items I found in there might just be what the doctor would have ordered. If I had seen one. Which I haven't. Yet.

Of course I wanted to cut down on sweets as well, and with the lockdown in place that wasn't easy. They turned into my go-to treat to remind myself that I'm doing ok and that I can make it through another day. Well, it during one of my trips to the local Trader Joe's that I found what has turned out to be my food hero of the pandemic: their Oat & Greek Yogurt Sandwich Cookies.

Listen. These things are amazing. I was skeptical at first. I mean, who wouldn't be? There's no way I thought I'd enjoy eating yogurt on a cookie. I. Was. Wrong. They're delicious, and, and, and... BECAUSE of the yogurt, they're healthy, too. Right? RIGHT?!? I say yes.

Sure, leave it to my lady to check the nutritional facts and discover that I should only have two at a time because of the sodium factor (50mgs, or 2% per serving), but hey... that'll work. It's better than potato chips, pretzels or whatever else they serve you on airplanes these days.

The grocery chain describes the cookie as "almost like breakfast in a cookie... made in Greece with a slightly tart filling sandwiched between two crisp oat cookies made with Greek yogurt". You had me a cookie! If you want to change your life (hyperbolically AND um, health-ally?), purchase a box or three and then thank me later. I'd do a commercial for these. And then I'd take the product used at said commercial shoot home with me and hoard them in my pantry as if they were toilet paper. Wait... well, you know what I mean.

Thank you Trader Joe's, for providing the food hero I didn't know I wanted but always needed. My blood pressure and I are grateful for what these cookies are doing for the culture. OK, my blood culture. I really gotta do better with these analogies. Oh, and of course my blood pressure. I'm on it.

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