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Comfort Food: Guilty Pleasure?

Tips for Healthful Eating

Below are some healthful tips from the ADA on enjoying your favorite comfort foods:

  • Top low-fat ice cream with granola, or try sherbet topped with fruit.
  • Opt for oatmeal-raisin, vanilla wafers or ginger snaps cookies.
  • If you prefer salty foods, try popcorn, pretzels dipped in spicy mustard or baked tortilla chips and salsa.
  • Instead of having seconds of hot chocolate, milk shakes, and eggnog, drink a glass of water.
  • Add naturally sweet sliced or dried fruit to cereal, yogurt or pancakes.
  • Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables — zucchini, spinach, carrots — to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, poultry, pasta, and grain dishes.
  • Puree berries, apples, peaches, or pears for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry.
  • Add peanut butter to a sandwich at night or put it on toast with breakfast.
  • Eat more whole grains and vegetables to be less tempted by sugars and fats.