Comfort food can mean something different for every person though it is typically foods from our past that make us feel happy, comfortable, or content. Unfortunately, comfort foods are often high in carbohydrates, sugar, fat, and calories, but they don’t need to be! The great news is that many comfort foods can be made healthier by substituting ingredients, without sacrificing taste or, in fact, you can usually improve taste. Here are a few easy swaps you can make when cooking typical comfort foods:
- Greek yogurt for sour cream. This is an easy swap for many recipies. From baking to your favorite dips, Greek yogurt is a swap you will love. It’s creamy texture and similar flavor profile to sour cream makes it a no brainer swap. Greek yogurt has more protein, healthy probiotics, and considerably less fat than sour cream.
- Homemade soups for canned soup. Canned soup if often packed with added sodium and preservatives that are quite unnecessary and unhealthy. Get the best flavor and bang for your buck by making your own vegetable soups and stock for even better tasting comfort food.
- Graham cracker crust for traditional pie crust. Although there is a bit of oil or butter in graham cracker crust, it is still a much better option than traditional pie crust. You can even add wheat germ and ground flaxseed to the ground crackers for a hearty, nutritious, and flavorful crust.
- Lowfat buttermilk for heavy cream. This is a genius swap during the holiday season with the mashed potatoes that are likely to adorn your table. Lowfat buttermilk has fewer saturated fats and beneficial probiotics yet still maintains a thick and creamy texture that we all desire in foods such as mashed potatoes.
- Ground turkey for ground beef. Whether you’re making burgers or meatloaf, this swap will save you calories and saturated fat while keeping flavor and texture.
- Honey for sugar. For a touch of sweet, go for honey first. It’s unique flavor often enhances a dish and is far easier for the body to digest than sugar. While reducing all sugar intake is the best, honey is the preferred sweetener in a healthy diet.
Typically when people think of eating healthy, they assume that they need to cut out all of their favorite comfort foods. It doesn’t have to be that way! By implementing these healthy swaps, you can actually turn some of your favorite indulgences into reasonably healthy meals! Try out a few of these, and be creative in exploring some other options.
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