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15 Comfort Foods That are Good for You

Feel Better While Staying Healthy

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JMICHAELRIVERA
1/21/2008 11:59:12 AM

A note on oatmeal. If you can, avoid using instant or 5-minute oatmeal. Since the oats are partially cooked (that's why they cook so quickly), your body will break them down quickly. For a slow, steady boost of energy, use steel cut oats. This is the next best thing to whole oats, which I've never been able to find in a store anyway. After trying them a few times, I think they taste better. The only drawback is they take a long time to cook: 45 minutes, compared to 5 minutes or less. But if you plan ahead and make a week's worth at a time, you'll be good.

Two last suggestions: dried cranberries are an excellent suggestion for people who can't eat cooked raisins (my wife is one of them); and Splenda has a healthier version of brown sugar. You can get a full description at their web site.
JKLEINDO
12/31/2007 9:10:04 PM

Use skim milk in place of water for the oatmeal. Also adding any or all of the following make for a delicious breakfast. (chopped apple, raisins, cinnamon, a few finely chopped nuts, vanilla or other flavorings) YUMM!
JOYFLO
12/31/2007 6:55:18 AM

These have always been my comfort food 4 days with Sparkpeople I am encouraged. It is well written. I will be making the Chicken noodle soup soon. No longer need to buy soup works.
12/15/2007 8:13:47 AM

GBTRACKIN's SparkPage
There's some good ideas, but it should be noted that V8 is pretty high in sodium, but low sodium V8 has 75% less sodium than regular. In my opinion it tastes better than the regular stuff. I don't really think of it as comfort food though. Yogurt & oatmeal are staples for me though
12/15/2007 7:28:39 AM

CRUBYSAIL's SparkPage
I think it's really important to be prepared with some ideas for those times when you need something hot and comforting. These are great ideas!
12/10/2007 9:34:18 AM

SNGLBBY's SparkPage
These are great suggestions!
12/10/2007 8:18:38 AM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article. Luckily, I was not rewarded with food as a child when I had had my feelings hurt or some disappointment (here's a cookie because you fell off your bike, Baby, etc.) My parents believed you needed to get back up and go again and not cry about whatever. It's good to know there are healthy "comfort" foods for those that must have them.
11/20/2007 8:36:34 PM

JAIME-LYNN's SparkPage
This is a great article, thanks!
KSTAR514
11/17/2007 8:37:24 PM

The different flavors of Light & Lively low fat yogurt with cut up fruit or add almonds is a great dessert that is good for you. You don't feel deprived. I always try to pick something healthy for a dessert. But, sometimes I will splurge like splitting peanut butter pie with my husband when we go out for dinner. I think it's important not to feel guilty if you do spurge. Just go back to watching what you do eat & remember balance. Hopefully we all are trying to make healthier choices.
11/14/2007 11:05:25 AM

CHERIJE's SparkPage
My husband thinks Chocolate, or sweets are comfort food. It is good to read about these true and wonderful comfort foods. I like the yogurt one the best. Although it seems I always make Chicken noodle soup (homemade) when someone in the family is sick. Love the article.

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