Healthy Comfort Foods Do Exist!
By Sara Butler
Comfort food is, well, comforting. When you're stressed, not feeling well, or the weather outside is lousy, then comfort foods work to help you feel just a bit better. The problem with comfort foods is they tend to be a little bit unhealthy -- and that will lead to you feeling worse later. However, there are some comfort foods that aren't bad for you. Here are a few of the healthiest comfort foods you can turn to the next time you need a little comfort.
A cold winter morning calls for a steaming, delicious bowl of oatmeal. The fiber in oatmeal helps to keep your hunger at bay all morning while it works to increase your heart health. Plus, you can add in a variety of your favorite things to make oatmeal more personal. Some people like adding in fruit with a splash of milk while others prefer nuts and a little cinnamon. Whichever you choose, oatmeal is a winning comfort food that is good for any morning.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is known for being great when you're feeling a little under the weather, but that's not only because it tastes good. Studies have found that the nutrients in chicken soup actually help to loosen mucus in your sinuses as it works to reduce inflammation. Plus, it's hydrating, making it a go-to comfort food when you're feeling sick.
You've probably tried your fair share of healthy meatloaf recipes only to be disappointed, but the good news is that you don't have to sacrifice flavor for health when it comes to meatloaf. It turns out that how you cook the loaf makes a big difference. All you need to do is pull out your crockpot and use lean ground beef, adding in a few herbs to enhance the flavor. That way, you'll get a delicious, steamy meatloaf that is moist and good for you.
Casseroles may conjure thoughts of condensed soups and insane salt content, but they don't have to. It doesn't make much to make a casserole just a little bit healthier for you and retain that comfort food standing. As long as you stay away from high-calorie meats and added fats, you can easily make a good-for-you casserole. Plus, they're easy to throw a ton of vegetables into as well as herbs and spices to enhance flavor.
Comfort food isn't always bad for you. So go ahead, cozy up with your favorite.
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