5 Comfort Foods Made Healthier

It’s 2018 and you have made the decision to be healthier this year, but thoughts of those comfort foods are starting to creep into your mind. It’s cold and dark, the road ahead is long and oh how something warm and delicious sounds so good! Chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, chicken pot pie, creamy soup, mmmmm!  Why can’t these foods be nutritious too? What if I told you that they can? You can still have those foods that warm the soul, but here are some alternative recipes to make you feel better mentally and physically about “splurging” on those winter favorites. 

1. Zucchini Lasagna

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/172958/no-noodle-zucchini-lasagna/

Lasagna is a classic Italian favorite. Unfortunately, it is known for being high in carbohydrates and fat, and is usually served with a yummy garlic roll or a salad with a creamy dressing. This recipe uses slices of zucchini like lasagna noodles! It puts the emphasis on the rich sauce and cheesy layers in between the zoodles, which is the best part anyways! It’s super easy to make and guilt free! Cook this up at home, pack it into portion sized Tupperware containers and you are ready to load up for the next trip!

2. Chicken and Dumplings

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/healthy-chicken-dumpling-soup

This is a classic grandma’s secret recipe comfort food! You can’t go wrong with carrots, onion, garlic, and parsley! The base of this recipe is lighter than your typical chicken and dumplings. I bet you can’t guess what the dumplings are made of! This is another great prepared meal that can last for days on your chilly January ride.

3. Turkey Meatloaf

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/turkey-meatloaf-54752

Unfortunately, one of our favorites is loaded with saturated fat from the beef in meatloaf. This alternative turkey recipe is equally as delicious, but does not have nearly the amount of unhealthy fat. It is also super easy to make!  If you really want beef, you can substitute a lean 93/7% fat beef instead.  Pair it with a side salad from a fast food restaurant and you have something healthy and ready to go!

4. Baked Potato Soup

https://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-potato-soup/

This comfort food hides a head of cauliflower in its recipe! Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, and the list goes on. This recipe calls for everything low-fat! It is only 200 calories for one whole cup! This can even be a warm thermos snack mid-afternoon while trucking along.

5. Healthy Muffins

https://minimalistbaker.com/one-bowl-carrot-apple-muffins-vegan-gf/

Want to sneak a vegetable and a fruit into breakfast? Then this is the recipe for you. It’s filled with vitamins and minerals! It has ingredients such as banana, flax seed, carrots, apples, oats, and olive oil. Does it get much healthier than this? A great to-go breakfast paired with peanut butter or Greek yogurt!

Remember small decisions made consistently can add up to a healthy new year! Be safe out there!

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