There is nothing quite so soothing as tucking into your favourite cooked meal. Some delicious macaroni and cheese, yep, we’ll take that. But comfort food usually = high calorie, fatty and not very good for you.
Don’t worry though, we’ve compiled a list of the tastiest comfort foods, and some tips on how to make them your new healthy favourites.
1. Home-cooked fries
Bake them! Frying potatoes in half an inch of fatty oil was never going to be anyone’s idea of healthy. But there is an alternative.
Baking them in the oven with only a drizzle of oil will instantly make them healthier. Adding garlic and herbs instead of salt and mayo for flavour will also cut down the fat content.
2. Yorkshire Pudding
Now we all love a good ‘yorkie’ with our sunday roast dinner, but it’s essentially just deep-fried batter, so no points on the health front. Use skimmed milk, low-fat sausages and as little oil as possible. Oh and more veg than meat, okay?
3. Macaroni cheese
Who can resist this dairy-filled classic? But with so much fat inside it can be very difficult to justify as healthy. So use whole wheat pasta – its high fiber content helps with the digestion of the cheese – and for the cream use olive oil, low fat milk and any cheese apart from cheddar!
4. Hot chocolate
We’d be shocked if you managed to go the whole winter without a cup of this heavenly liquid. So don’t be hard on yourself and merely swap the milk for its almond alternative. After that make sure you buy the best cocoa powder – as it won’t be filled with unhealthy extras – and don’t add sugar.
5. Chocolate brownies
If you’re a hot chocolate freak, we’re guessing you won’t be able to resist these brownies either. But guess what, there’s a great way to deal with that too! Chocolate is open to a multitude of tweaks, like using low-fat yoghurt, whole grain flour and of course, skimmed milk.
Curry night is a must in the weekly calendar and woe betide us if we try to tell you it’s bad. So compliment the healthy spices in the mix with tomato-based sauces and a load of lean chicken and healthy veggies. Creamy sauces, butter and a load of naan bread is a big no no.