Healthy Comfort Food Options
Are you looking to soothe your loneliness or stress during isolation with some comfort food? If so, you aren’t alone! During this time, people are indulging in their favorite classics, but remember comfort food means something different for everyone. Some people want the recipes they enjoyed as children, others look for specific ingredients in their comfort food.
Either way, it’s not always the healthiest food, so we’ve put together some ways to make it a bit healthier for you and your family.
What Does Healthy Mean to You?
The first thing you should do is consider what “healthy” means to you during this time. It is an important detail, because that will determine what kind of swaps or comfort foods you want to choose from. Maybe healthy means adding in more fruits and veggies, enjoying whole grains instead or processed grains, cooking more from scratch, or more specific options like low-carb or low-fat. Once you know this, you can work on finding the best healthy comfort foods for your family.
Find Healthy Swaps for Your Favorites
Before finding healthy swaps, make a list of all your favorite comfort foods. What sounds good right now? Maybe it’s a big bowl of pasta or a pizza, a cheese and ham toastie (that’s mine! ?), brownies, or big bowls of crisps and dip. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it brings you joy and comfort. Once you have your list, you can start looking for simple swaps to make it a little healthier.
For example, you might add veggies inside your cheese toastie to increase the nutritional content, or maybe you make your favorite brownies with shredded zucchini and walnuts inside instead of just plain chocolate. You might try a healthier pizza crust by using almond flour, or try black bean spaghetti for a change. There are tons of swaps you can make that are super easy to do.
Add Healthy Elements to Your Comfort Dishes
Instead of trying to take things away from your comfort dishes, focus instead on what you add in. You can still enjoy your comfort foods, and let’s face it, a little bit of self-comfort wouldn’t go amiss at the moment. Just try to improve them a little and those improvements will add up over time.
Make Your Food from Scratch
A super easy way to increase the health of your meals and snacks is to cook more from scratch. They will be healthier, whole food, and taste so much better.