When the going gets tough, the tough get going…going to the nearest grocery store to pick up their favorite snack food to binge on, or going into the kitchen to fix themselves something that will send them straight to comfort heaven.
It’s only natural for people to seek solace in their favorite food when times are tough and nothing seems to perk you up. However, once the dark days are over, depression is usually replaced by guilt for having allowed yourself silly indulgences that wreaked your diet and ruined your figure.
Now, universally, it’s agreed that it’s too much to ask of anybody to give up their feel-good foods when things are stacked up high against them. The next best thing to do is to have foods that aren’t gunning for your waist line or looking to win you the “Yokozuna of the year” award. Is that even possible? Sure it is. Take a look…
Macaroni & Cheese
How does one fix this comfort food to make it healthier? Surprisingly, it’s pretty easy and although you still won’t be able to convince anyone that it’s a diet food, you can dig into a bowl of this cheesy goodness without beating yourself up over it.
See, it’s all a matter of simple substitution – skim milk for regular milk, whole wheat pasta in place of regular pasta, light butter in place of regular butter, and part skim cheese in place of whole milk cheese. There you go…a fairly healthy comfort food with all the taste but fewer calories.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thinking of baking a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies as a special treat for yourself? Why not! After all, very few foods come close to warming your innards like chocolate chip cookies and warm milk. However, since they aren’t considered the healthiest foods on this planet, you will have to tweak around with the recipe a bit to win a consolation prize, at least.
Once again a few adjustments are all it takes to change this calorific mammoth into a relatively innocent comfort food. All you have to do is use dark chocolate chips in place of the conventionally used milk chocolate, substitute whole wheat flour for white flour and use a low-cal sugar substitute. And, if you are determined to go all the way, you could even use an egg substitute to make the cookies.
Personally, dark chocolate is my absolute favorite when it comes to food that can perk me up in a jiffy. And the best part is, in small amounts, dark chocolate has loads of health benefit.
First and foremost, it reduces your craving for fattening foods. Being a rich source of anti-oxidants, it keeps you looking young and delays ageing. When taken in small amounts every day, dark chocolate can lower cholesterol and control blood pressure.
A bite of dark chocolate before a meal will keep you feeling full, thereby ensuring that you don’t overeat or binge uncontrollably. And finally, it’s also known to reduce weight. Can you think of even one good reason why you shouldn’t pop one into your mouth right away?
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