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10 Guilt-Free Comfort Foods To Warm Your Heart In Winter

10 Guilt-Free Comfort Foods To Warm Your Heart In Winter

Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. Even in nature. Just like summer has lovely, sunny, long days, it also has humidity, sweat-inducing heatwaves, and the temperature rising to an uncomfortable peak. Meanwhile, winter may be gloomy, dark, cold, with short days, yet, festivals, food, and coming home to a warm house are appealing characteristics of the season. If you live with your family, or partner, this season is the best season to snuggle. Snuggling your way to sleep does not only make you feel warm, it also helps to increase bonding.

Talking about bonding, and keeping warm, there is another way to enjoy the chilly days, whether you live with your family, partner, or alone.

Comfort food!

There are some foods that will surely warm your heart in the winter time, and you can eat them guilt-free because these comfort foods are healthy, and suitable for those on diets. Here is a list of guilt-free comfort foods to warm your heart this winter.

1. Sausage and Broccoli Rabe with Polenta

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    Winter and spicy food are a great combination. It keeps your body warm for sure. This Italian dish of goodness has a combination of sausages and broccoli. It is cooked in chicken stock, with a dash of dry white wine cooked in thick tomato puree. Perfect Italiano fusion.

    2. Zesty Vegetable Lasagna

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      This recipe has two kinds of cheese, your favorite vegetables, and lots of them too! You can add penne pasta, or no-boil lasagna noodles, and different kinds of herbs. What a perfect weekend dinner for your family, and friends.

      3. Baked Potato Eggs

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        This is a very rich, cheesy meal, that is perfect for a lazy weekend brunch. Not much of a hassle, this comfort food is so tasty that even a person on a diet would gobble it down without feeling guilty.

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        4. Iraqi Lamb and Eggplant Stew with Pitas

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          A hot lamb stew cooked using Middle Eastern techniques, this recipe is a delicious way to end the night. This hearty meal is best served with pita breads. The union of tender and juicy lamb, with ingredients including eggplant, yellow split peas, red chilies, and garam masala is just tantalizing!

          5. Creamy Spinach Casserole

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            This spinach recipe has cheese, cream, bacon, lemon, and lemon zest, as well as other ingredients. If you are health conscious, avoid the cream. Otherwise, it is a hearty meal that you can eat alone.

            6. Braised Short Ribs with Parsnips

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              The rich flavored short ribs in this recipe are braised in red wine, tomatoes, and herbs. The meat needs to be absolutely tender, and the seasoning should be oozing. You can have this dish with rice, mashed potatoes, or even egg noodles.

              7. Chicken Noodle Soup

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                Nothing beats chicken noodle soup to keep you warm. The recipe is very easy, and takes a very short time to cook. It is absolutely suitable for those who are on strict diets.

                8. Butternut Squash Enchiladas

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                  One of my favorites, butternut squash is an ideal healthy vegetable. This recipe may raise eyebrows, but once you make it and taste it for yourself, you won’t believe how amazing it is! This is also a perfect complete meal for a vegetarian.

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                  9. Cranberry-Streusel Corn Muffin

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                    This simple cranberry-streusel muffin is a fantastic dessert item which you can serve after meal. Alternatively, you can eat this any time you want and children will thoroughly enjoy it too!

                    10. Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Brownie

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                      This is truly sinful comfort food. The combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and coffee are more than enough to tease your taste buds. Do not forget to try this one at home- you will totally forget the bitter cold outside.

                      These comfort foods will surely make your heart warm. You should at least try one of these recipes, if not more. I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you.

                      Have a warm winter, everyone!

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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