Comfort Foods that Won’t Wreck Your Diet

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As most of you know, the last couple of weeks or so have been a tough time in life and the way that I often cope with pain is by eating. I wish that wasn’t the case…  As much as I love how I feel after going to work out and despite how physically bad junk food makes me feel, eating comfort food is one of the things that helps me make it through. Over the last year or so, I had shifted my eating habits to a healthier lifestyle and found a gym I loved and really saw a difference in my body, BUT the last two weeks, I have junked it up, BIG time.

With that being said, starting this week, I’ve got to get back on track. I have to get my house cleaned back up, make my bed everyday, quit missing my workouts and eat healthier. So, I found some alternatives to my favorite comfort foods and in the hope that I’m not the only emotional eater out there, I figured I’d share them with you. Enjoy! 🙂

Turkey Burger & Sweet Potato Fries

There’s nothing worse than crying into a greasy, fat-filled, you-almost-can’t-call-it-food McDonald’s burger, but I have to admit it’s happened a few times recently. Not only do I know it’s bad while in the act, but I also want to cry afterwards when my body literally feels in such a funk. BUT I do love cheeseburgers, so I found this yummy turkey burger recipe alternative from Lauren’s Latest. Also, I had given up fries for months before my wedding and couldn’t believe a) how much better I felt, b) how much weight I lost and c) how much I didn’t miss them after a while. Well… I got back on the fry train and it does not feel good, so I am returning to one of my faves, sweet potato fries. They’re also included in this recipe.

In real life, I am not a good cook, so I buy frozen turkey burgers and sweet potato fries and just heat them up, but if you do love to cook, by all means, here ya go! 🙂

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Healthy Macaroni & Cheese

I found this scrumptious recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie. As much as I LOVE Wife Saver’s delicious macaroni (with a helping of fried chicken of course) or eating a whole box of Kraft when I’m sad, my thighs hate me for it. This recipe is almost just as satisfying and you don’t have to feel guilty about it!

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Dark Chocolate & PB2

Another comfort food favorite of mine is ice cream…chocolate chip cookie dough specifically. But all of those bowls of ice cream can really add up calorie-wise, so I’ve seriously got to stop eating it EVERY night after dinner. I am someone with a sweet tooth though, so one of my favorites when I’m craving something sweet is PB2 and dark chocolate chips. Sometimes I’ll mix up a portion of PB2, throw some chocolate chips in and eat it straight, other times I’ll cut up apples and add them in. Honestly though, it’s really delicious… I’ll pretty much eat PB2 on anything.

 

Healthy Pepperoni Pizza

Papa John’s will forever be my favorite pizza, but if I don’t want to gain a gazillion pounds, Eating Well’s Pepperoni Pizza is probably a better choice. Some simple changes like wheat dough and low-fat turkey pepperoni make a ton of difference and it’s still super delicious!

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All in all, there are a ton of recipes out there to turn your favorite junk foods into foods you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. As much as eating bad food makes me feel good in a moment of sadness, it actually ends up making my body feel sluggish and my mood even worse in the long run. So cheers to trying out some new healthy recipes without losing all of my favorite things to eat.

Have any yummy, healthy recipes of your own? Please share – I’d love to try them out!!

C’est la vie,

Anna

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