Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Habits - Comfort Food Swaps

Happy Friday guys and dolls.  Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn't have to be dreadful.  There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory.  Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind.  Enjoy ;)


1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn't always agree with your body.  Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.  


2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children.  No?  Maybe that's just me.  The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese.  Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.

  
3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl's go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs.  Ben & Jerry's came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt.  It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.



4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce.  I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.


5) Pizza
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food...or food, ever.  A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin.  You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni).