Healthier Comfort Foods that Won’t Break the Bank

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In need of a little comfort food that is a bit healthier? Try one of these healthier comfort foods recipes.

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Winter can feel dreary. With all the cold, rain, snow, and sleet, not to mention being cooped up inside, it can drive one batty. And while traditional comfort foods can make everything better — or at least seem so for a few minutes — they don’t help our health or our waistlines.

More and more, I talk to folks who are in need of revamping their diets. Some due to health reasons, some for weight reasons, but all because they want to enjoy their lives more.

One of my goals for the year is to reinvigorate myself. I chose the word REVIVE for this year. After a few years reeling from thyroid issues and weight gain, I’m ready to take charge of things on the health front. Opting for healthier comfort foods is one step in my process.

Healthier Comfort Foods

If you’re looking for something delicious that can still be good for you, check out this round-up of healthier comfort foods:

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Kale Salad with Red Grapes, Almonds, and Scallions

This Kale Salad is certainly comforting when your body craves some fresh veggies. Kale and other cruciferous vegetables are in season now, making this the perfect seasonal dish. It packs a nutritious punch but will make you smile with its bursts of sweetness from the grapes. You can also substitute in dried fruit, such as cranberries or blueberries when grapes aren’t readily available.

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Cheddar Soup with Zucchini, Broccoli and Carrots

This Cheddar Soup with Zucchini, Broccoli and Carrots is creamy and comforting. Filled with bits of zucchini, broccoli, and carrots, it’s healthy comfort food. You can beef up the vegetable ratio as much as you please. Better yet, it freezes and reheats well so you can quickly heat some up when you’re in need of a bowl of comfort.

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Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes, while still a starch, are healthier for you than white potatoes, and they are super yummy! This recipe for baked Sweet Potato Fries is so quick and easy you can be enjoying them in about 30 minutes. Make a batch of Herbed Mayonnaise for dipping. YUM!

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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

As with most homemade breads, these Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels do take some time to prepare, but they are so worth it. Enjoy them hot and fresh with dips or top them with different seasonings.

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Apple Crowns

When you need something sweet, Apple Crowns are a healthier alternative to an ice cream sundae. You can easily adjust the sweetness by controlling the amount of toppings or by using homemade whipped cream that you sweeten yourself.

What’s your favorite healthier comfort food?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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