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15 Comfort Foods That are Good for You

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12/17/2011 9:27:04 PM

EXOTEC's SparkPage
These don't qualify as comfort foods to me, either. My comfort foods are things like stew and pot roast, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, sometimes chili ... thick and creamy soups. The grilled cheese sandwich is up there too. Mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese ... and my all-time go-to dish when I've been (or am) sick is just plain, buttered white rice. I like to sometimes add peas to that, too. Another real "comfort" is toasty warm cocoa. yum Along the same line is hot tea, especially with honey.

Unfortunately, pretty much ALL of these things are off my list of allowables. I'm not supposed to be eating -any- carbs. Kind of wrecks my whole outlook.
9/23/2011 8:10:07 PM

NKS0302's SparkPage
@DOLLYBABE57

I've had both steel cut and regular old fashioned oats. Steel cut taste different (in a good way, to me) and take longer to cook.

Here's some info I found by Googling it:
There are old-fashioned rolled oats, which are whole oats rolled flat. Then there are quick oats, which are rolled oats that have been ground up a little bit more to make them cook faster. Finally, there are the steel cut oats, where the whole raw oat was cut into smaller chunks. They all start from the same grains, but they are cut differently. Rolled oats are steamed slightly to make them cook faster, but otherwise, they aren’t any different from steel cut oats.
9/22/2011 7:45:02 PM

CAROLHARMON's SparkPage
I think comfort foods are great. Not all of mine are healthy. The one I do like is V8 Splash Diet. This has a great taste and great to drink if you are dietibetic.
9/20/2011 8:29:16 PM

DOLLYBABE57's SparkPage
I sorry to sound dumb but what is the differents between steel cut and regular oatmeal? ty
9/16/2011 6:14:36 PM

JANEDOE12345's SparkPage
V-8 is kind of an odd choice for comfort, but I HAVE found it pretty comfy to heat it up and drink it on a cold day. Surprisingly filling and satisfying! Not quite on a par with hot chocolate but mighty good anyway.
PIXIESTIX6669
9/15/2011 11:06:45 PM

LOL...V-8 as comfort food? Sorry, ain't happnin'...As for us Italians, it will, now and forever, be pasta...Italian bread, especially with sesame seeds...homemade (always) sauce...lasagna...pork roast...polenta...sausage and peppers...steak...risotto...canoli...chees
es...ravioli...shrimp scampi, lobster...Honey, the LAST thing on our minds is a V-8 (which I never drink, since it's got sugar and it's made from concentrate...)
9/15/2011 3:06:04 PM

HARRIET2's SparkPage
Well V-8 isn't on my comfort food list but oatmeal is. I use steelcut and make a batch to portion out for the week. I put 1/2 cup cooked into little ceramic bowls, cover with plastic wrap and then refrigerate. Microwave 1 minute. I use one tsp sugar and some fat free creamer. A little cinamon and grated fresh nutmeg. YUM. I realize that almost all my comfort foods are (a) warm and (b) creamy! Mashed potatoes, chocolate pie, chicken and dumplings......... I better not get too comfortable!!!!
9/15/2011 11:54:06 AM

GYPSYBELL's SparkPage
I think that these foods are great and can be comforting when you're trying not to eat poorly, I would defintely consider some of these items. However when it really comes down to comfort food, Im like the rest in feeling like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, chili and corn bread, those items are comforting... but I hope one day oatmeal will do for me what those other items do for me now. Im just not there YET.
H1LADY
9/15/2011 9:56:01 AM

The only thing on this list that actually counts as comfort food is the Chicken Noodle soup and maybe the crockpot meal. The rest of the foods on this list are good, but not anything I would consider comfort food.
GOODI2SHOOZ
9/15/2011 9:38:26 AM

since when are vegetable juice or smoothies a comfort food? A better idea would be how to make traditional comfort foods healthier by substituting ingredients. Mac and cheese made with whole grain pasta and fat free/lowfat/or soy cheese ... crock pot creations made with lots of veggies and grains.. baked sweet potato oven fries, sprinkled with herbs and garlic..
LYNNSER1
9/15/2011 9:26:17 AM

This article had great potential...unfortunately it did not live up to the title! Comfort foods are highly personalized, and often are such because of emotional attachments as much as taste. The foods choosen as examples were lack-luster attempts and the preparation tips and recipies were lacking in substantial culinary expertise. It rarely works to "just toss" or "throw" ingredients, and even a resounding "voila'" has little effect on the result!
9/15/2011 9:11:51 AM

MICHELLERN75's SparkPage
I'm sorry but mac & cheese or mashed potatoes and gravy are comfort foods. Not fruits and vegetables.
9/15/2011 8:53:26 AM

TEXASGIRL48's SparkPage
The only comfort food I saw here was the frozen yogurt. However, by the time you put a topping on it it is no longer healthy.
9/15/2011 8:49:53 AM

BBENISHEK's SparkPage
I didn't really find too much comfort in the comfort foods listed, but that doesn't mean they aren't comfort foods--for someone else.

Chicken noodle soup, for instance, I turn to when I'm not feeling well. I guess you can call that comfort if you feel better after eating it, but that's a stretch.

If nothing else, it's making me think of my own personal list of comfort foods!
9/15/2011 8:21:50 AM

FATGIRLSKINNY2's SparkPage
I read the list and I agree with everyone, the food items listed aren't really comfort foods. Angel Food cake yuk! I will admit a big pot of homemade soup/stew is comforting during a chilly evening warp in a blanket and watching a good movie on televeision. That is comforting to me. Sounds great! I think I will cook a pot this evening.

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