At Fytt, we strive to live a healthy lifestyle--which consists of exercise, taking time for self-care, and eating whole foods. But every so often, we also love to indulge in comfort foods. And when we do, we don’t feel an ounce of guilt. Why? Because we believe that a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. After a week of clean eating, it’s okay to splurge.
Here, we compile 5 classic comfort foods made healthier.
Mac and Cheese
A lighter version of the classic childhood favorite can be made without sacrificing on flavor. This recipe by Ellie Krieger of the Food Network calls for squash and ricotta—Vitamin A, more fiber, and less calories. Hurray! Include whole grain or sprouted grain elbow pasta for an even healthier meal.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Some nights call for this crowd pleaser. Substitute chicken or turkey for the meatballs instead of classic beef, and whole grain pasta or spaghetti squash for the pasta.
Chicken Pot Pie
There’s nothing better than the scent of chicken pot pie wafting from the oven. Use whole wheat flour for the dough, and consider substituting the buttermilk with low-fat milk. We also love that you can load it with veggies like snap peas or winter squash. Thanks to The Healthy Foodie for this recipe.
Instead of the beef and pork combination for meatloaf, opt for lean ground turkey. Like chicken pot pie, meatloaf tastes great with extra veggies—in addition to the traditional carrots and celery, consider adding bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms to this turkey meatloaf recipe from Ina Garten.
What better to pair the meatloaf with than a side of mashed potatoes? This low-calorie recipe is just as delicious as the classic recipe with heavy cream. The secret is choosing Yukon Gold potatoes, as well as adding chicken broth and fresh herbs.
The Fytt Perspective: We suggest drinking an 8 oz glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar after a high-carb meal. Studies show vinegar helps prevent a spike in blood sugar from a heavy meal. The vinegar may slow your body’s digestion of starch and in turn, allow your body to break down fats more efficiently. Not only will the vinegar help you feel full longer, it will help you lose weight!