Can Comfort Food Be Healthy Too?
By Caitlin Boyle
Can comfort food be healthy too? There’s something about February that makes me want to wrap a fleece blanket around me, sip a cup of steaming tea, and eat rich, heavy, buttery comfort food. It’s too cold to do anything else! But alas, one cannot repeat this ritual too many times without throwing all of those healthy New Year’s intentions out the window.
Unless … you’re noshing on healthy comfort food!
Oxymoron you say?
Not at all. It is possible to make comfort food taste delicious and still be good for your waistline and your teeth. Just check out these fabulous recipes from some of my favorite foodie bloggers.
Creamy Avocado Spaghetti Squash Pasta by Angela of OhSheGlows.com
This recipe uses nutrient-rich and delicious spaghetti squash strings instead of processed white pasta. Starchy, refined carbohydrates like fettuccine can fill you up with empty calories and do a number on your teeth. Plus, one whole cup of spaghetti squash delivers just 42 calories and only 4 grams of sugar.
OMG. Pancakes! by Tina of CarrotsNCake.com
These pancakes — which really are oh-my-goodness delicious — are made without gluten, for those of you who have given up wheat. They use almond meal or flour and almond butter as the base, and are packed with protein thanks to the eggs.
Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup by Julie of PeanutButterFingers.com
Julie says, “I’m not lying when I say that this may be one of the best homemade soups I’ve ever made in my life. If you’re a serious cheese lover, you must give this a go!” Plus, it’s a sneaky way to get the finicky eaters of your house to eat cancer-fighting broccoli.
BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins by Theodora of LosingWeightInTheCity.com
This recipe stands out because of its short, simple ingredient list and preparation instructions. Just a few steps, and in 40 minutes you’ve got little meatloaf muffins to enjoy — minus all that artery-clogging saturated fat that usually accompanies most meatloaf recipes.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili by Gina of Fitnessista.com
This is a recipe sure to please even the toughest, pickiest of eaters — there’s the spice and heat of traditional chili with the sugar of sweet potatoes to balance it all out. Scoop out a bowl and enjoy!
Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes by Emily of DailyGarnish.com
Thanks to the low-carb craze, potatoes can get a bad rap. But believe it or not, potatoes are not waistline robbers — unless you’re drowning them in butter, cream and salt. One study found that dieters who ate spuds daily lost just as much weight as those who ate none. We believe that no one should have to give up mashed potatoes — ever. The onions in this recipe make the mashed potatoes complex and interesting, but what’s really special is Emily’s vegan gravy recipe.
Cornbread Casserole by Monica of RunEatRepeat.com
Instead of using globs of sour cream in this casserole, Monica suggests using thick, protein-rich Greek yogurt! Seriously, don’t knock it till you try it. Contestants from The Biggest Loser were skeptical until they tasted it.
is a professional blogger, motivational speaker, and author of the book Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You. She helps her husband run a holistic health clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.