Smoothies and yogurt are some of my FAVORITE comfort foods. Doesn't need to be warm to be comfort food (a la ice cream). I'm more of a comfort drink gal anyway, easier to drink while reading than eat. Some hot tea? Yes please.
1/10/2012 5:31:49 PM
Does anyone else put yogurt in the freezer to have for dessert or a snack? I love it that way! I find it works best when you freeze the whipped kind, though. I love it!
1/10/2012 2:05:11 PM
Its interesting that people mention honey a lot. One teaspoon of table sugar contains 16 calories, while one teaspoon of honey has 22 calories. Be careful!
Love you, Spark People, but let's get real. For those of us struggling with overeating or cravings, these items do not fill the need for richness or deep flavor. I'm never going to reach for a V8 when I'd like a chocolate chip cookie. Or angel food cake for that matter. I am hoping that in 2012 I can recreate recipes that will give me the mouth feel I need without the fat or carb overload. I hope I succeed for myself and for all of the others dealing with the same issues as me.
These don't qualify as comfort foods to me, either. My comfort foods are things like stew and pot roast, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, sometimes chili ... thick and creamy soups. The grilled cheese sandwich is up there too. Mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese ... and my all-time go-to dish when I've been (or am) sick is just plain, buttered white rice. I like to sometimes add peas to that, too. Another real "comfort" is toasty warm cocoa. yum Along the same line is hot tea, especially with honey.
Unfortunately, pretty much ALL of these things are off my list of allowables. I'm not supposed to be eating -any- carbs. Kind of wrecks my whole outlook.
I've had both steel cut and regular old fashioned oats. Steel cut taste different (in a good way, to me) and take longer to cook.
Here's some info I found by Googling it: There are old-fashioned rolled oats, which are whole oats rolled flat. Then there are quick oats, which are rolled oats that have been ground up a little bit more to make them cook faster. Finally, there are the steel cut oats, where the whole raw oat was cut into smaller chunks. They all start from the same grains, but they are cut differently. Rolled oats are steamed slightly to make them cook faster, but otherwise, they arenít any different from steel cut oats.
V-8 is kind of an odd choice for comfort, but I HAVE found it pretty comfy to heat it up and drink it on a cold day. Surprisingly filling and satisfying! Not quite on a par with hot chocolate but mighty good anyway.
9/15/2011 11:06:45 PM
LOL...V-8 as comfort food? Sorry, ain't happnin'...As for us Italians, it will, now and forever, be pasta...Italian bread, especially with sesame seeds...homemade (always) sauce...lasagna...pork roast...polenta...sausage and peppers...steak...risotto...canoli...chees es...ravioli...shrimp scampi, lobster...Honey, the LAST thing on our minds is a V-8 (which I never drink, since it's got sugar and it's made from concentrate...)
Well V-8 isn't on my comfort food list but oatmeal is. I use steelcut and make a batch to portion out for the week. I put 1/2 cup cooked into little ceramic bowls, cover with plastic wrap and then refrigerate. Microwave 1 minute. I use one tsp sugar and some fat free creamer. A little cinamon and grated fresh nutmeg. YUM. I realize that almost all my comfort foods are (a) warm and (b) creamy! Mashed potatoes, chocolate pie, chicken and dumplings......... I better not get too comfortable!!!!
I think that these foods are great and can be comforting when you're trying not to eat poorly, I would defintely consider some of these items. However when it really comes down to comfort food, Im like the rest in feeling like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, chili and corn bread, those items are comforting... but I hope one day oatmeal will do for me what those other items do for me now. Im just not there YET.
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