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Healthy Comfort Foods
Even though it may seem better to skip out on these dense meals, life without comfort foods is just not the same! To enjoy your favorite meals without the worry try these simple tips. The end result will be a delicious variation of your comfort food of choice.
If you’re a soup/chili person:
- make broth based soups
- make vegetables and beans the base of your soups
- use lean meat and beans in chili
- use light sour cream in soups and as toppers
- for chili, use lean meat and top with low-fat cheese
- serve soups with whole grain bread
If you’re a meat and potatoes kind of person:
- buy leaner cuts of meat to prepare your meals
- roast, bake, grill or broil poultry and meats rather than frying
- serve meat with vegetables and whole grains
- if making meatloaf, use lean meat, and include grains such as bulgur to bulk up the meat
- top potatoes with Greek yogurt or light sour cream and salsa
If grains are your weakness:
- use whole grain pasta or try quinoa, bulgur, or brown rice
- top it with lots of your favorite vegetables
- serve pasta with low-fat sauces or marinara instead of creamy varieties
- sprinkle grains with reduced-fat cheese
- use low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth in dishes
- for your favorite cheesy dishes get creative and use low-fat cottage or ricotta cheese in place of the full fat variety.
Making these small changes can have a huge effect on what you consume during meals. Swap out ingredients and watch your portion sizes for a winter filled with your favorite comfort foods.