Healthy Living: Cozy Comfort Foods That Won’t Pack on the Pounds

Amelia

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve got no place to go…let us eat, let us eat, let us eat.

Those may or may not be the correct lyrics, but we prefer this version of the song. What better way to spend a toasty night inside than savoring your favorite comfort foods? The best part–you can enjoy many of them without worrying about that pesky winter weight.

 

No Pudge Fudge Brownies

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These brownies are an absolute god send, and we wouldn’t survive without them. You just mix the powder with low-fat yogurt, stir and bake. Please believe us when we tell you–they are ooey, gooey, chewy and amazing. Buy them in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.

Butternut Squash Fries

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We know that the typical craving is for regular french fries, but these butternut squash fries taste just as good (we think better), and are simple to make. Ready? Buy one large squash. Skin it with a potato peeler. Cut into strips. Spray pan with a 0 calorie cooking spray, lay down the squash and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15 minutes, and enjoy your delicious fries. Mom would be so proud that you’re eating your vegetables!

Chili

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Mmm, nothing says comfort like a heaping bowl of chili. Make yours with ground turkey to keep it light!

Corn Muffins

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If you’re craving chili, then you’ll need cornbread to go with it, right? Our new obsession Hungry Girl has a fantastic recipe here, where each corn muffin is only 85 calories. Yum.

Grilled Cheese

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No way this could be healthy, right? Wrong. Make your grilled cheese an open-face sandwich using one slice of whole grain bread. Go with a low fat cheese, 0 calorie cooking spray instead of butter, and top with tomatoes for extra nutrients.

Minestrone

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Make sure your minestrone is loaded with as many veggies as possible, and if preparing yourself, use a low-sodium chicken stock.

Oatmeal

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Make your bowl of oatmeal using the Irish steel cut variety for extra fiber, then add Splenda brown sugar, nuts, and bananas.

Don’t you feel cozier already?

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