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10 Healthy Versions of Comfort Food Recipes

10 Healthy Versions of Comfort Food Recipes

We all turn to comfort foods when we need some support and some of us turn to these foods rich in carbs when we crave junk food. As these recipes are not quite healthy, you may want to change them a little in order to add more fiber and vitamins and cut the calories and the carbs. The frying and the added oils are also avoided, as most recipes switch from frying to baking.

All you can do now is enjoy your new favorite recipes.

1. Baked fries

When you want to enjoy garlic fries but without the guilt and added oil, you can make this simple recipe. Because you are going to bake them, the potatoes are going to be a lot healthier. To finish the recipe you can coat the fries in a garlic sauce, but they can also be eaten as they are.

    2. Healthy pizza recipe

    A home made pizza is always better than the ready made one you can order, and if you choose the ingredients carefully, it can be even healthier. For this recipe you are going to use spinach and three types of cheese, adding flavour to the pizza, without making it a calorie bomb.

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      3. Spaghetti and meatballs

      This remake of the classic recipe includes turkey meatballs, which are healthier than pork meatballs. It also includes tomatoes, which are a naturally supports the cardiovascular system. Switching regular pasta with whole wheat pasta gives you more fiber.

        4. Onion rings

        This all time favorite definitely doesn’t look like a healthy meal, but if you skip frying in the pan, you will be able to enjoy the onion rings without guilt.

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          5. Shepherd’s pie

          This recipe is delicious, but it switches half the potatoes with cauliflower. The switch is virtually undetectable, so no one, not even a fussy eater, will discover the secret of this healthier version of the pie. But they might see the change on the scale.

            6. Cheeseburgers

            Everyone loves cheeseburgers, but we don’t love their side effects. This is why this recipe is going to be a life saver for many of you. If you choose lean beef meat or turkey meat, the burger is already healthier, but go one step further and use Greek yoghurt, whole-wheat buns and lots of vegetables. Now this is a healthy cheeseburger!

              7. Fish and chips

              Fish and chips are definitely an all time favorite for many people, big or small, but they are usually coated in bad oils. To make this recipe healthy, bake the fish and chips. Also, this recipe asks for a healthier coating for the fish, which is sure to make it crispier. Add some sauce at the end and you will have the best fish and chips ever.

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                8. New England Clam Chowder

                If you are on a diet in winter, you will definitely love this dish. The healthy version of clam chowder is still creamy and filled with bacon, featuring a tasty hint of smoke. However, each bowl has less than 350 calories and is rich in vitamins, to keep you going on cold days. Depending on how creamy you like your soup, you can use more vegetable stock or cream.

                  9. Crispy chicken legs

                  Instead of frying the chicken pieces or legs, depending what you are going to use, bake them. Another nice switch is using cornflakes to coat the chicken in a crispy layer, which is going to make this recipe a favorite of all kids.

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                    10. Chocolate brownies

                    The principle of this recipe is that chocolate can cover a lot of switches. Even with the addition of low fat yoghurt and whole grain wheat, the taste is as delicious as always.

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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