National Sugar Cookie Day: The Healthy Remix

Today is the day to celebrate the wonderfully delicious and ever so popular sugar cookie! This cookie has been a popular sweet treat in the U.S. for generations (especially during the holiday season) and it is simple to make. That may be why it is the cookie most bakers turn to when looking to quickly satisfy those with a sweet tooth!An average sugar cookie consists of these ingredients: sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla and either baking powder or baking soda. Each cookie racks up an average of 160 to 500 calories, depending on its size. According to Calorie King's website, to burn off 160 calories alone, it would require about 45 minutes of walking, 18 minutes of running or 13 minutes of swimming.However, as celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak says, it's important to allow yourself a "cheat" day, but to remember moderation is key.With that piece of fitness advice, we wanted to find a couple healthier options, so we can all have a taste of the sweet life without the guilt. We came across two options in our search that sound incredibly yummy and each recipe substitutes some of the standard ingredients with lighter, healthier options.Here's one way to indulge in your sweet tooth without letting go of your self-control!And for those who may have Celiac disease, there is a gluten-free option for your taste buds to enjoy!Once they pop out of the oven, allow them to cool and have a scrumptious National Sugar Cookie Day!