Staying in shape and eating what we love to eat seems like oil and water. We all think that eating what we love, especially our comfort foods, make us lose track of our calories and, eventually, let go of our summer body goals. That is not totally true. There are comfort food recipes that can still keep you in shape without letting go of your favorite bedtime and midnight snacks. Here are seven common healthy comfort foods you can cook at home and enjoy without thinking of letting go of your body goals.
Mac and Cheese with Collard
Your all-time favorite kindergarten food just got healthier with the dark green leafy collards. This is a good calcium boost and adds a bold flavor that you can taste with the crispy toppings added. All it takes is to simply cook your regular mac and cheese recipe but using whole wheat elbow noodles and low-fat milk. If collard greens are not available in your nearest supermarket, you can exchange it for kale, Swiss chard, or spinach, which still brings a delicious taste to your mac and cheese.
This oven fried chicken will surely keep you eating chicken with only 7 grams of fat per serving – 13 grams lesser than the regular grams of fat per serving without sacrificing the juiciness and deliciousness of your chicken. This tasty, flavorful, fried chicken recipe is done by marinating skinless chicken drumsticks in buttermilk and coating it with light flour, sprinkled with sesame seeds and spices, and is misted with olive oil and baked in the oven. This is your perfect alternative to your favorite fast-food chicken drumstick without the guilt of letting go of a healthy diet.
Strawberry Nutella S’mores
Do you think sweets can make you fat? Think again. This dessert recipe is for the sweet-tooth guy or gal who still wants to stay in shape. Indulge in this sweet s’mores with a choco-hazelnut spread, Nutella, and thin lemon cookies as layers. Topped with strawberries and whipped cream, this sweet afternoon tea party dessert will only hit your body at 76 calories – only 33% of the regular calories you get in any sweets you indulge to. Never feel guilty when eating desserts with this s’more recipe.
Vegetarian Tikka Masala
Your tikka masala takeout should never get you away from achieving your body goals. This recipe will let you savor the same masala but with a vegetarian twist to keep you in tiptop body shape. Cooked with crisp tofu pieces and vegetables and served with steam rice, your regular tikka masala is now your all-time favorite late lunch or early dinner food recipe. Plus, if you are into spicy flavors, simply add more crushed red pepper to give you that Indian masala taste without thinking of burning this all out in the gym the next day.
Smoked Gouda-Broccoli Soup
Especially this cold season, a good warm soup is just what keeps you warmer in your couch while watching your late night show. Topped with smoked paprika and smoked Gouda cheese, this broccoli-and-cheese soup recipe has a smoky flavor. If there is no available Gouda in your area, you can replace it with cheddar and still get the same flavor. Gouda cheese and broccoli only have 316 calories and little fat at 17g with more vitamins and minerals than other soup dishes. This is a good post-workout soup you can enjoy while relaxing on your TV time in this chilly weather.
Almond Butter-Quinoa Blondies
How about a pre-workout treat or just a packed goodie on your park stroll after your morning jog? This quinoa blondies recipe is gluten-free and still as yummy as ever. These blondies still have its chocolatey and nutty flavor, but you’ll never find yourself getting some weight on this sweet treat. This is packed with nutrients but only costs you 150 calories to keep you going on your workout or your activities after your morning jog.
Turkish Coffee Float
Of course, we can never leave behind the all-time favorite energy booster for everyone on the go. However, this Turkish coffee float will surely keep your diet good with the use of low-fat milk; this Turkish brew is definitely not your regular ice cream float. It’s perfect during work breaks and late afternoon talks with your friends and family. Indeed, this coffee float will surely be on your next recipe to-do list for your regular diet.
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