Tuesday, November 10, 2009

C is for Cookie

Happy 40th Birthday Sesame Street! It is scary that I am almost as old as you! It has been wonderful these past 6 1/2 years, getting reacquainted with the Street. And yes, your Platinum Hits collection is on my Ipod. My Dear Son, now 6 1/2 and sadly Way-Too-Old for Sesame Street loved Oscar's "I Love Trash" and Ernie's "Put Down the Duckie." My daughter, now 4 1/2, still wakes up wanting her Elmo's World fix and sleeps with the one stuffed Elmo I could find that did not have some sort of speaking unit in it. I love watching her wake up, groping for Elmo's eyeballs so she can give him a hug. Any parent who has had a love/hate relationship with Elmo should read Joanna Weiss's column from the Saturday's Boston Globe: Six reasons why Elmo went from being horrible to adorable.

I am looking forward to the big Sesame Street special tonight (Episode #4187!), with Michele Obama, Elmo and the White House vegetable garden. I love that Cookie Monster now gobbles vegetables along with his cookies. But still, C is for Cookie makes me want, well, a cookie! I haven't talked much about cookies on my blog yet. Nutritionally, there's not much to know. The median NuVal score for cookies is a 3. Ouch! You can see some of the NuVal scores for cookies on our newly designed website here.
There are a couple of superstars in the Cookie category. Most notable are Kashi's TLC Oatmeal Cookies. They get a NuVal score of 40 - the best we've seen in Cookies to date. Of course, I prefer Kashi's TLC Oatmeal with Chocolate cookie (it's all about chocolate) which score a 24. Still, that's a great score when it comes to cookies. If I wanted to forget about the scores, I might have a Nabisco Chips Ahoy instead. They score a 6. I might try to be a little healthier by choosing the Reduced Fat version of Chips Ahoy. I wouldn't bother. They get exactly the same score as the regular version - a 6! I'll just be sure to have my cookie with a big glass of skim milk, which gets an almost perfect NuVal score of 91.

I probably only have a very small window of Sesame Street Love left in my household. You know Hannah Montanna is going to be knocking on my door soon. My son now knows that there's more to life than PBS. He's quickly teaching his sister how to find Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. So tonight, I'm going to have my cookie and eat it too, as we all Sing A Song. Enjoy!


  1. Great blog Melissa. Sesame Street is such an iconic name, symbol, and memory in many households, including mine. The saddest part is that the kids grow out of Sesame Street way too fast. It would be fun to see Cookie Monster and Oscar do a segment on NuVal scores. Thanks for the memories and enjoy your cookie.

  2. I have been loving the google and Seasame Street immersion. So cute!!

    I am loving the NuVal updates.

  3. I try to avoid the cookie aisle at all costs...but it's good to know that I can pick out the healthiest choices at a glance when I'm tempted!

  4. That first lady is really getting involved with the fruits and veggies. I love it. And I'm happy to have found your blog. Thanks for posting. I just found out about NuVal too. What a great site! I'll be sure to post about it on my own blog.


    Read you soon!