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15 Comfort Foods That are Good for You

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7. Chinese "Take-Out." To make typical Chinese-restaurant dishes into healthy comfort food, you'll have to cook them yourself, but it's soooo worth it. This combination of Cashew Chicken and Baked Egg Rolls will hit the spot without send your blood pressure through the roof from all the salt.

8. Pizza. A slice of pizza every once in a while won't hurt you, but this cauliflower crust pizza is healthy enough to eat whenever you have a craving. Once you've baked the crust the toppings are up to your imagination. Try fresh tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella for a traditional taste or go for grilled chicken breast, reduced-fat cheddar and a drizzle of barbeque sauce for something more fun.

9. Apple Pie. The individual apple pies you'll find at fast-food places and grocery stores can have anywhere from 250-470 calories a pop! But this 15-minute hand pie, made with fresh apples and phyllo dough, clocks in at only 161 calories. You won't miss the fat when the flavor hits you.


10. Chocolate Mousse. Traditional mousse desserts are full of fat and calories that taste delicious but will likely leave you feeling bad about your food decision. But you can enjoy the great taste of chocolate mixed with Greek yogurt for a super-satisfying dessert with only 150 calories. Garnish with strawberries or banana slices for a sophisticated look and flavor.
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Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

Member Comments

  • I have made several of my own versions of these recipes in the past several weeks! I have a luscious one for Baked Oatmeal (with almond milk). I was sick with sinus infection craving chicken made that with rice, rather than noodles. Yummy lowfat version of meatloaf, a friend made cauliflower pizza which was to "die for" yummy!! I have a really low fat version of pasta alfredo with broccoli that is very tasty! So I think in the comfort food department I have done well!! :) - 3/23/2016 11:02:03 AM
  • Excellent suggestions! I saw at least half a dozen recipes I'm eager to try - crock pot meatloaf and chocolate Greek yogurt? I'm so there! - 2/17/2016 8:13:11 AM
    Excited about the mushroom gravy recipe for biscuits and gravy! I have several lower cal mac and cheeses and other pasta dishes-- I can enjoy some of my favorite foods and feel good at the same time. - 1/27/2016 10:31:56 AM
  • Am a bit surprised at how meaty many of these comfort foods are. - 9/23/2015 4:08:34 PM
  • sounds great...why if they are good for do ppl. not want to eat what is good for you rather than something..loaded with cals...I get a sweet potato..with cinnamon.and that's all and my wife looks at me like I'm an alien...but I will survive... - 12/3/2014 4:17:45 PM
    Great suggestions! I'm going to try the pizza and mousse :) - 9/28/2014 11:32:34 AM
  • Had to laugh at GREENHOME1's comment. Obviously she didn't try it before commenting. Stating it was more like "pudding" instead of mousse because it didn't have egg whites.....yes it does and it IS fluffy and it IS a mousse. Please, people, don't leave a criticism if you haven't tried the recipe. I loved it and so did my entire family. No one new it was a lower calorie version of an old recipe.
    - 4/19/2014 6:45:00 PM
    Great suggestions! Thanks! - 3/29/2014 3:50:48 PM
  • Great info thanks - 1/22/2014 1:32:18 PM
  • I eat all of these but do not lose weight. It is the QUANTITY of the Comfort Food that is really important! - 12/4/2013 11:02:39 AM
  • Hey, you can't call it "mousse" if it's not airy and fluffy from egg whites. Greek yogurt is neither. It's pudding, maybe.

    Otherwise, there are some good suggestions and reminders in that list. Thanks. - 10/31/2013 6:03:03 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. - 10/21/2013 5:41:48 AM
  • lad he baked potato! They re so high in potassium and my body needs potassium! - 10/17/2013 10:50:16 PM
  • I would have thought that there would too mcuh salt for the chicken noodle soup to be on the list. - 10/16/2013 6:39:51 PM
  • Just because a food is a lower calorie version of the original does not make it good for you. The quality of your food is just as important as the calorie content. - 10/16/2013 8:37:14 AM

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