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  • 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.
  • H1LADY
    The only thing on this list that actually counts as comfort food is the Chicken Noodle soup and maybe the crockpot meal. The rest of the foods on this list are good, but not anything I would consider comfort food.
    since when are vegetable juice or smoothies a comfort food? A better idea would be how to make traditional comfort foods healthier by substituting ingredients. Mac and cheese made with whole grain pasta and fat free/lowfat/or soy cheese ... crock pot creations made with lots of veggies and grains.. baked sweet potato oven fries, sprinkled with herbs and garlic..
    This article had great potential...unfortunately it did not live up to the title! Comfort foods are highly personalized, and often are such because of emotional attachments as much as taste. The foods choosen as examples were lack-luster attempts and the preparation tips and recipies were lacking in substantial culinary expertise. It rarely works to "just toss" or "throw" ingredients, and even a resounding "voila'" has little effect on the result!
  • I'm sorry but mac & cheese or mashed potatoes and gravy are comfort foods. Not fruits and vegetables.
  • The only comfort food I saw here was the frozen yogurt. However, by the time you put a topping on it it is no longer healthy.
  • I didn't really find too much comfort in the comfort foods listed, but that doesn't mean they aren't comfort foods--for someone else.

    Chicken noodle soup, for instance, I turn to when I'm not feeling well. I guess you can call that comfort if you feel better after eating it, but that's a stretch.

    If nothing else, it's making me think of my own personal list of comfort foods!
  • I read the list and I agree with everyone, the food items listed aren't really comfort foods. Angel Food cake yuk! I will admit a big pot of homemade soup/stew is comforting during a chilly evening warp in a blanket and watching a good movie on televeision. That is comforting to me. Sounds great! I think I will cook a pot this evening.
    I have to agree with the crowd who could not find a single comfort food on the list. I eat yogurt most days. Its great. I love it . Its not comfort food. I'd rather eat a carrot than angel food cake, which has absolute no taste beyond sugar. My idea of comfort food is a grilled cheese sandwich. I try to make it healthier with good whole grain bread, a couple slices of tomato and the absolute minimum amount of butter I can spread on the bread. I've tired just spraying the pan and its OK that way but its comfort food with a teaspoon of butter on the bread.
  • SISSI79
    I also think that none of those listed are comfort food. Those foods are simply run-of-the-mill healthy everyday foods.For me, comfort food isn't supposed to be healthy! It should be rich and yummy and COMFORTING! lol

    Slice of home-made chocolate cake with moka icing, that's my idea of comfort food. I just take a much smaller piece than I used to and instead of having it often like I used to, I only have it now one in awhile, as a special treat :-)
  • JOMO2010
    Well, there is only one entry in that list that meets my definition of comfort food! That is Angel Food cake. There is no way that the others are comfort foods!!
  • You can always substitute Stevia for sugar in a recipe, it's an all natural sweet herb that is a dietary supplement option and safer than sweet n low or all those other subsituties.
  • Sorry, I don't know how that happened, I just pressed the 'back button'!!!
    Anyone interested about yoghurt, try this link to my other forum (it's an Aussie one).

    Give up the fructose now, I promise you will lose weight, then just tweak the portion size/carbs, and you're on your way. Join that forum, even.

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    Silver Angel

  • OMG, I just read the fruit smoothie recipe, 14 grams of sugar!!!! Quelle Horreur!!! Don't drink it people. Use plain greek-style yoghurt at least. The fruits used are all high-sugar fruits. Look for an alternative lower sugar fruit , and use the whole fruit as much as is possible.
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    Silver Angel
    Smile !!

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