11 Healthier Alternatives to Your Favorite Winter Comfort Food

Kaila Stein
11 Healthier Alternatives to Your Favorite Winter Comfort Food
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Winter can be rough on both body and soul. You’re battling the cold-weather blues and all you want to do is cuddle under a warm blanket, re-watch The Office and eat all the warm cheesy carbs. But you’re also feeling softer than usual and want to get back on the healthy bandwagon after indulging a little too much over the holidays.

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If you’re still trying to stick to your January diet but it’s snowing outside and all you want to do is stick your face in a giant bowl of pasta Bolognese, you’re in luck. You can have your stew and eat it too. We found the best lighter versions of your favorite winter comfort foods. We’re talking hearty stews, warming soups and even chicken potpie! These comforting winter recipes taste great and won’t derail your diet or undo those 45 minutes (impressive!) you put in on the treadmill last Sunday. These dishes will get you through winter—body and soul intact.

This post originally appeared on SheKnows.com.

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STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Phyllo Chicken Potpie
Phyllo Chicken Potpie

What's more comforting than chicken potpie? This tasty recipe is loaded with hearty veggies and juicy chunks of chicken and topped with phyllo dough instead of puff pastry for a light and crispy lid.

Photo: Taste Love and Nourish
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Sesame Zoodles With Crispy Tofu
Sesame Zoodles With Crispy Tofu

Zoodles topped with a spicy sesame peanut sauce and crispy pan-fried tofu will fill the sesame-noodle void in your life.

Photo: Pinch of Yum
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Healthier Meatloaf
Healthier Meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf can often be dry and lackluster. This recipe mixes ground turkey and beef for a lighter meatloaf that still has tons of flavor. Serve with creamy mashed cauliflower for a well-rounded meal.

Photo: Foodie Crush
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Vegan Macaroni & Cheese
Vegan Macaroni & Cheese

This creamy and delicious mac and (vegan) cheese is loaded with kale and mushrooms and will satisfy your cheesy pasta craving.

Photo: A Cozy Kitchen
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Detox Chicken Soup
Detox Chicken Soup

Skip the juice cleanse and opt for this tasty chicken soup instead. This immune-boosting soup is packed with kale, mushrooms, celery, carrots with cannellini beans and chicken for protein.

Photo: Damn Delicious
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew
Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew

Skip the heavy meat and potatoes and make this fragrant and filling winter stew with butternut squash and chickpeas for an easy and delicious weeknight meal.

Photo: Simply Quinoa
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Bolognese Zoodles
Bolognese Zoodles

Swap zoodles for pasta and top them with a delicious and hearty dairy-free Bolognese sauce. Zucchini and mushrooms add depth to this classic sauce.

Photo: Heather Christo
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Make a baked eggplant Parm with all the delicious, comforting flavors of the classic dish but half the fat.

Photo: Gimme Some Oven
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Cauliflower Nachos
Cauliflower Nachos

This recipe (perfect for the Super Bowl) swaps out half the tortilla chips for perfectly roasted cauliflower. You still get the cheesy, crunchy deliciousness of classic nachos without all the carbs.

Photo: Damn Delicious
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Portobello Shepherd's Pie
Portobello Shepherd's Pie

This vegetarian shepherd's pie makes the perfect winter dinner made with portobello mushrooms, carrots, peas and onions and topped with lightened-up mashed potatoes.

Photo: Skinny Taste
STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food |
Lighter Chicken Enchiladas

These restaurant-quality enchiladas are made with low-carb tortillas and low-fat cheese. You've earned a (skinny) margarita with this dinner.

Photo: Skinny Taste

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  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Phyllo Chicken Potpie
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Sesame Zoodles With Crispy Tofu
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Healthier Meatloaf
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Vegan Macaroni & Cheese
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Detox Chicken Soup
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Bolognese Zoodles
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Baked Eggplant Parmesan
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Cauliflower Nachos
  • STYLECASTER | Healthy Winter Comfort Food | Portobello Shepherd's Pie
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