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By Tallulah Ray
In order to lose weight, the best thing that you can do is go on a healthy diet and exercise. Sometimes the motivation isn’t there though. Especially with the winter months barreling down on us The call of comfort food is sometimes too strong.
Lucky for you, I’m here to try and nudge you away from the darkside (and by “darkside”, I mean macaroni & cheese, and cake). I’ve listed my favorite diet recipes. They are delicious, quality-tested (by me!) and are great for the winter time.
I can hear you now though, “But, Tallulah! How do you know what kind of diet I’m on?”
Well, I don’t. That’s why I’ve tried to cover most of the bases by listing a few of my favorites from different diets. Because, believe me, I’ve been on almost every diet known to man.
#1) Low Carb/Flat Belly Recipes
Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon Biscuits: This is one of my most loved recipes. Over the year (I only just found it recently), I’ve only made a few minute changes to the recipe itself. I use almond flour instead of Carbquik baking mix. If you like the kick of the jalapenos, then add a couple extra.You can find the recipe here.
Make these when you have people coming over because they are fabulous when they are right out of the oven. I always end up making a double batch.
Mashed “Potatoes”: I know what you’re thinking. This is the carbiest thing that I could possibly put on the list. However, my secret is to mash cauliflower instead of potatoes. They taste and texture ends up being just like mashed potatoes.
In order to make these, wash a head of cauliflower, and boil it until it is tender. Place it, and about a tablespoon of olive oil, a 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, and a tablespoon of cream cheese in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
#2) Low Calorie Recipes
When I started watching the amount of calories that I ate every day, I found that my hardest hurdle was going to be my snacking. Sure 100 calorie packs were handy, but they got old after a while.
To top it off, cold weather snacking is difficult because most of my favorite warm or comfort snacking foods are all over 100 calories. Well, I’ve split the difference and came up with this list of 5 snacks (all under 200 calories):
- A cup of cherries and a 8 ounce glass of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Silk)
1 slice of whole grain toast with an ounce of almond butter spread
A serving of pretzels dipped in spicy mustard
1 cup no sugar added applesauce with a handful of chopped pecans
A piece of all natural fruit leather with a cup of mixed nuts.
If you notice, most of those say things like “serving” or “one piece”. Sometimes that’s all that it takes. Sticking with the serving size often means that you can still have your favorite foods. You just can’t eat the entire box in one sitting.
Chili: A hearty bowl of homemade chili is a winter comfort food in our household. However, with the amount of cholesterol in our old recipes, the only thing that kept us warm was the extra layer of blubber that was forming. So we swapped to a healthier and better tasting version called Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate. It even tops out at 257 calories per serving. Not so shabby, huh?
#3) Winter Comfort Food (Diet Recipes)
Spaghetti and Meatballs: in order to make this recipe flat tummy friendly, try to make it with low sugar tomato sauce and with either whole wheat spaghetti noodles or with spaghetti squash. As far as the meatballs go, ground turkey is a great alternative to ground beef.
Meatloaf: Do you have a beloved meatloaf recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation in your family? In order to make up a healthier version, use lean ground turkey instead of the ground beef and/or pork and use ground oatmeal instead of the breadcrumbs. My mom always cooked her meatloaf with a bunch of veggies as well: mince up some carrots, onions, and bell peppers.
One of the things that makes “comfort food” comforting is the homemade aspect of it (and the warmth of it all). Foods are often healthier when they are homemade anyway, so there shouldn’t be any reason why some homemade, comfort foods can’t be healthy as well.