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REAL comfort food you can still eat!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hey Sparkers!

I have been AWOL recently, bought a new house and a puppy so the last three weeks has been moving/unpacking/painting/fixi
ng/decorating the new digs and loving on the new puppy. Oh, and ph.d programs suck the life outta ya.

I wanted to respond to Sparkpeople's blog on 'healthy comfort foods', because none of their listed items quite fit the bill in my opinion....when I want to eat my feelings, I don't reach for fruit smoothies, angel foodcake, or chicken soup. So, may I introduce REAL comfort foods that won't kill your waistline:

1) Pizza. Papa John's has it right when they say "better ingredients, better pizza". Instead of paying 15 bucks for a pizza light on toppings but heavy on grease, make your own. Pizza done right provides a whopping supply of veggies, fiber, calcium, and protein. Whole wheat pre-formed pizza crust, tomato sauce, low fat cheese, load up the fresh veggies and spices, and I promise you won't be disappointed. I often will make an 8 slice veggie pizza, and with each slice clocking in at only 150 calories, i can easily eat two slices guilt free!

2) Macaroni and Cheese. While this will never be super healthy, even boxed kraft macaroni and cheese can be salvaged! I make it light with skim milk and the tiniest bit of low fat margarine, and then I stir in light tuna and a vegetable [i like peas or corn best] for a decadent but relatively low-calorie/fat one pot dish. Plus: kids will gobble this up- I know I did!

3) Hot dogs. A word to the wise: soy products have come a long way. A tofu dog [morningstar farms has my vote] clocks in at about 80 calories and still tastes very comparable to a 'regular' dog. Smother it with relish, sauerkraut, or even low fat chili for a higher protein/lower fat version of the all time ballgame favorite.

4) sauce. Everyone is terrified of non-tomato sauces, and they should be, if they are premade. I love a good dill or hollandaise sauce especially, and still smother my fish in them. Look up recipes on Spark. Low fat mayo, yogurt, and sourcream can often be used in combination to replace heavier creams or full fat mayo in sauce recipes, and if you splurge and buy fresh herbs [or grow your own], you'll never miss the fat in them.

5) mashed potatoes! I have no idea why everyone is so anti-mashed potatoes on here. Last I checked, potatoes weren't that offensive. Quarter them, boil them until they are falling apart, add small amount of skim milk while blending until you get desired consistency. Add some garlic if you'd like, freshly cracked pepper, and a dash of salt. For the daring, a dollop of sour cream will make a creamier consistency. If you top your potatoes with a vegetable like peas or corn, you might even skip the tablespoon of light butter!
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    CONGRATS on the new house and the puppy! emoticon
    I love mashed potatoes (homemade), definitely a comfort food to me! I like to add a Tbsp of Light Sour Cream to it instead of butter and also Green Peas - my kids like it that way too. emoticon
    2211 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2011 8:31:16 PM
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