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15 Comfort Foods That are Good for You

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6/26/2008 3:34:01 PM

LADYBAILEY's SparkPage
I find ALOT of comfort in tomato soup. mmmm....
PAGEMAMMA4
6/19/2008 10:24:18 AM

I crave chocolate all the time. I have found that I usually need protein when I have these cravings, specifically from red meat. Maybe it's the iron as well, but either way, if I eat red meat instead of chocolate my craving still goes away.
SHERRILP1
6/19/2008 7:20:43 AM

i tend to suffer from depression. so i eat alot of sugar. especially in the middle of the night. i find myself eating alot at that time. even though i'm well nourished during the day. then when i get up in the morning for work, i tend to feel guilty for having done that. then i just keep doing the same thing over and over again. i stopped cold turkey for awhile,the eating at night and quite successfully. then i started it again. i don't know why. nothing has changed. i get so depressed. i can't stop this eating at night like i did before. even though i lock the fridge before bed, i still find pantry foods to munch on. then i wake up not only feeling guilty for what i've done but having the extra water retention from the salt i've consumed. any soothing suggestions or words of support or comfort?
6/6/2008 3:47:50 PM

SWANSNOW's SparkPage
Here's my oatmeal tip, for the microwave:

Make oatmeal with 1% or skim milk instead of water - it gives it a wonderful creaminess. For 1C oats and 2C milk, mix in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and heat in the microwave for 5 minutes on high, then at 50% power for 15-20 minutes, depending on your microwave's power. (Sometimes I go back to sleep on the couch during those 20 minutes!)

You can add frozen sliced strawberries to the bottom of your bowl after the oatmeal is cooked, and sliced bananas. My kids like maple syrup and bananas.

My favorite: sliced bananas and strawberry jam. The sweetness of the fruit flavors plus the creaminess of the milk is just wonderful. Truly a comfort food!

If you want to add more kick to your oatmeal, stir in a spoon or two of blackstrap molasses (it turns your oatmeal grey, and changes the texture and taste so it takes a little getting used to!). You can stir in some nutritional yeast, or some soy protein powder, too. If you don't overdo it, you can't taste these additions.
5/25/2008 7:30:40 PM

LADYIRIS313's SparkPage
I like the crockpot creations - most of my comfort foods seem to be either warm foods or thick creamy foods. Angel Food doesn't do it for me - I always want to put something on it. But Vitamuffins - those do the trick, especially the banana or chocolate ones.

Recently I've found that brown rice has become a comfort food. It takes a long time to cook but it really satisfies me. I use Alton Brown's recipe for baked brown rice and for me it is super yummy. That's odd too, because I was never a brown rice person before. If I want creamier rice, I'll make it on the stove - sometimes that's great too.
5/25/2008 1:31:44 PM

SEDONA0410's SparkPage
Great article! I'd like to add that with summer fruits here, a bowl of cut, fresh strawberries with a tsp. of honey and a few crushed walnuts if fantastic for a sweet pick-me-up!
5/25/2008 10:58:47 AM

BLAZENAK's SparkPage
Low sodium vegatable juices make a great base for delicious soups. Just use your imagination and they make a wonderful, filling snack
5/25/2008 10:06:48 AM

NATURALSOAPGIRL's SparkPage
I agree with the comments about vegetable juice, but you can get the low-sodium variety. I can't stand the stuff, but for those who can.... I personally don't think of any cold foods other than ice cream or malts as comfort food - mostly warm. The smoothie may be a good idea if I was craving something fruity - and the chicken soup was a decent suggestion, though mine would be full of egg noodles and that's not good either! I guess my question is - why are we trying to find ways to be able to participate in emotional eating? That's what comfort food is - emotional eating - no matter what the emotion. We are supposed to be getting away from that practice because it's what got most of us here in the first place. I don't care if angel food cake is better for you than regular cake... if you continue eat the whole cake it's not better! i think a better suggestion than trying to find comfort food replacements in other food would be to find activities instead.
5/25/2008 10:05:35 AM

NATURALSOAPGIRL's SparkPage
I agree with the comments about vegetable juice, but you can get the low-sodium variety. I can't stand the stuff, but for those who can.... I personally don't think of any cold foods other than ice cream or malts as comfort food - mostly warm. The smoothie may be a good idea if I was craving something fruity - and the chicken soup was a decent suggestion, though mine would be full of egg noodles and that's not good either! I guess my question is - why are we trying to find ways to be able to participate in emotional eating? That's what comfort food is - emotional eating - no matter what the emotion. We are supposed to be getting away from that practice because it's what got most of us here in the first place. I don't care if angel food cake is better for you than regular cake... if you continue eat the whole cake it's not better! i think a better suggestion than trying to find comfort food replacements in other food would be to find activities instead.
5/25/2008 9:38:38 AM

POINDEXTERBZ's SparkPage
The pre canned veggie juices generally contain a ridiculous amount of sodium. It is nuts how much salt is in one V-8 or canned tomato juice. Same with most canned soups.
5/25/2008 9:21:16 AM

ANTIOCHIA's SparkPage
i see a lot of objections to Vegetable juice -- I like either Tomato or V-8. If you are really hungry and are having a hard time waiting until your next meal or snack, have a glass of V-8 with lemon juice and Tabasco! V-8 has fiber and fills you for a while. It's bursting with flavor and helps me forget my sugar cravings. Or eat it with a spoon from a bowl and pretend it's chilled soup. You almost think you are having a mini-meal. If I'm on an airplane and I'm hungry when they come around with the drinks I always ask for tomato juice. It really helps.
~RuthAnn
5/25/2008 7:35:31 AM

TEACHERH's SparkPage
Re: smoothie recipe size, for many recipes it works beautifully to freeze leftover smoothie in little paper cups or plastic zipper bags. You can eat it later with a spoon, like ice cream, or just toss the correct amount back in the blender with a little water or fat free milk to make the next day's smoothie.

I also liked the list of comfort foods. I noticed a lot of them were "savory" comfort foods instead of sweet ones, but the angel food cake does give nearly endless sweet potential - for chocolate lovers how about a trifle made with sugar free chocolate pudding, angel food cake cubes, a few drizzles of reduced calorie chocolate syrup and fat free cool whip? Add a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips and that is a pretty decadent chocolate dessert but not one that is bad for you.
NANNASNOTSOFAT
5/25/2008 7:20:18 AM

I already eat 5 of these. I will definately make the Angel cake but cannot stomache the vegetable juice.
5/25/2008 6:11:28 AM

TERRAMATER's SparkPage
I've loved yoghurt, even plain, all my life. Check.
Fruit smoothies, angel cakes, chicken noodle soup (or any other soup for that matter). Check.
Oatmeal.... I'd prefer low-sugar whole grain cereals anytime... but there is always muesli, so, Check.
Vegetable juice? No. No unless it's tomato or maybe carrot. And even then I'd prefer nibbling on crunchy fruit veggies anytime.
And I have no idea about crock pot creations. (Ok, I googled. I don't have a slow cooker, but I might like it)
5/25/2008 5:50:01 AM

BECAZMUM's SparkPage
Yeah but where's the chocolate?

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