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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 September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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