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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 November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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