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January 17 2016

Cozy Minus the Calories! Comfort Food That’s Good For You by Hillary Macias

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To me, there is nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of buttery, fluffy mashed potatoes that melt in your mouth. (I’m drooling just thinking about them…) But not all comfort foods need to make you spin into a food coma (Although I’m the first to admit I have reached for the cake, cookies, chips, etc. in times of stress or sadness.  We’re all human y’all!)  But there are so many comforting foods out there that are nutritious and nourishing for your body. So next time you’re in need of a little pick me up, try one of these slimmed down options!

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54fe24e560b4f-chicken-pot-pie-recipe-ghk0312-xlnChicken Pot Pie –
this version of the classic pot pie is super healthy! Loaded with white meat chicken and tons of veggies, it’s sure to warm you from the inside out!
Click here for the recipe: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a13919/chicken-pot-pie-recipe-ghk0312/

54fe48b9add99-mac-n-cheese-recipe-ghk0312-xlnMac N Cheese – this was always one of my go-to’s as a kid and when I was in college (well, that and Ramen..but we won’t go there ☺ ) This dish sneaks in some veggies with the spinach and peas, I promise you won’t mind the extra serving snuck in there!

Click here for the recipe: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a13892/mac-n-cheese-recipe-ghk0312/

MV7151Grilled Cheese – fewer things sound better on a day when you’re feeling down in the dumps than a hot grilled cheese with perfectly toasted bread and gooey melted cheese. (cue the heart eyeball emoji) make it a little healthier by following these tips:

http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/5_secrets_to_make_grilled_cheese_healthier

mashed potatoesMashed Potatoes – you already know how excited I was to find this recipe, and I can tell you from experience it will not disappoint! I added some finely chopped spinach in mine to sneak in some veggies, but these are great on their own!  http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/dinner/best-spuds-low-cal-low-fat-mashed-potatoes/

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.11.24 PMChicken Noodle Soup – this is especially comforting during the winter months, and this recipe incorporates orzo instead of your traditional noodles for an added dose of fiber!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-orzo-soup

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.12.28 PMChili – considering its also football season (with the Superbowl just around the corner), this is a great dish to have while watching a game with friends, and I’m sure all of your guests won’t even notice this recipe incorporates turkey instead of traditional beef!  This unexpected recipe has loads of fiber and fresh vegetables too!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chili-with-chipotle-chocolate

So instead of ordering greasy takeout, next time a comfort food craving hits, try whipping up one of these hearty, healthy recipes! I promise your body and soul will thank you ☺

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