When most people think of comfort food, various dishes containing high amounts of fats and carbs that are loaded with calories are likely the first things to come to mind, but in reality, there are a ton of comfort food alternatives out there that can satisfy your cravings and also deliver a great amount of nutrition at the same time. A ton of the classic comfort foods can also be made, only with switching out some of the ingredients that are either bad for our bodies or are simply empty calories, with foods that are great for the body. Here are some dishes and recipes that you might want to consider making next time you get a craving for some great comfort food.
Mac and cheese is a comfort food classic and is likely something that you have eaten a lot during your life, but there are some ways to clean it up and make it a delicious dish that is also healthy as well. Instead of simply sticking to the normal mixture of macaroni noodles and cheese, or the less healthy box method, which combines a stick of butter with a cheese powder mixture, you can add some vegetables to make it a much healthier alternative. Try adding in some diced tomatoes, spinach, peas, and broccoli to the mix and go easy on the cheese.
Mashed potatoes are a great comfort food, but they pack a ton of carbs, which you may be wanting to avoid. Few people know that you can take cauliflower, which has a rather bland taste to begin with, and process it in either a food processor or even a blender, and you will be left with a potato like consistency, which you can feel free to dice up just like you would your mashed potatoes. Just be sure to go easy on the cheese, butter and sour cream if you truly want to stick to a healthy alternative to comfort food.
When you think of grilling up a burger, making some meat loaf, or literally making anything that requires ground red meat, you are likely going to grab some very high in fat beef. For a much healthier alternative, reach for some lean ground turkey meat instead, which truly is incredibly hard to tell the difference in the end, and is way healthier in the long run. If you are making meat loaf, instead of using bread crumbs, you can use oatmeal and add in some veggies as well, which will give you an even bigger nutrient boost.
You can't have a list of comfort foods without chicken pot pie being on the list, but anyone who has read the fat content and calories packed into a pre made chicken pot pie knows that it can be incredibly shocking. By making your own chicken pot pie, you can drastically cut down on the amount of calories by using low fat alternatives and by loading the pies with a ton of vegetables. There are plenty of low calorie crusts that you can find, or you can simply opt to make your own crust, which will give you even more of a chance to cut down on the calories.
Rather than making your typical pumpkin waffles, you can add in some pureed pumpkin to your waffle mix, which will give you some additional vegetables and tastes absolutely amazing. Don't forget to go easy on the maple syrup, as you do not want to pack in too many calories and sugar to this tasty treat.