Posted by Nicole on March 10, 2014
So-called “comfort foods” get
their name for a few reasons:
Carbohydrates help to facilitate the
reception of serotonin in the brain, a chemical which is entwined
They're often indulgent, giving you a
sense of decadence. Many comfort foods are made with specific
ingredients and styles of cooking that are meant to invoke personal
comfort, and they're filling.
Comfort foods use ingredients like
chocolate, cheese, and many others that contain chemicals like
casein, cocoa, and other compounds that our brains respond to
positively. In the case of casein, which is found in dairy products,
it can even prove to be addictive.
Some comfort foods also go well with
another form of celebration of comfort, which is drinking. Because
so many have breads, salts, and fats, they can provide somewhat of a
buffer whenever you choose to imbibe that may protect you from a
hangover the next day.
The most notorious comfort foods,
however, are full of calories. If you're on a diet, most are out of
the question. Even if you aren't, eating comfort foods consistently
can definitely create an uncomfortable situation for your body. We'll
look at a few healthy comfort foods that you may want to consider, as
well as healthy alternatives to old standards.
too good to be true, doesn't it? You can actually make a very tasty
low fat, high protein cheesecake by replacing the cream cheese with
the fat free variety, and by using protein powder in your mix. With
stevia as your sweetener, you can get the right level of sweetness
without adding to your calorie toll. You may want to skip the graham
cracker crust, as most will add an additional 800 calories to the
cheesecake's total, but low-calorie alternatives do exist. Adding
fresh fruits with sauces made from corn starch and stevia can even
replace your usual toppings.
Sweet Potato Fries
loves a tasty plate of fries, but sometimes the heavy grease that
they're fried in can do a number on your body. Cutting your own
fries at home and baking them on a cooking sheet can yield the same
crispy, golden results, but it gives you the added option of
throwing your own herbs and seasonings into the mix. Want to up the
health levels? Try replacing them with sweet potatoes, which contain
high amounts of iron and magnesium, a de-stressing mineral. Baked
sweet potato fries are comfort food on a whole new level.
know this last one sounds a little far out there, but give it a try.
Just steam your wings for ten to fifteen minutes, then dry them in
the refrigerator for an hour. Put them in the oven, and roast them
at 425 for about 20 minutes. Flip, and cook for another half hour.
For the usual butter in your recipe, try alternatives like low-fat
margarine, or butter combined with coconut oil. You'll get tender,
crisp wings and a lower calorie count.