Like the other hundreds of millions of Americans who developed food-induced heart palpitations over the holidays, I resolved to eat healthier foods at the start of 2015. After months of indulging in doughy, cheesy, sugary comfort foods, I promised myself I'd satisfy my hourly hunger pangs with nothing but the good stuff — dark leafy greens, avocados, and pomegranate-topped-everything.
But then I remembered it's January, it's cold, and as the sun sinks down into the low hanging gray skies of Brooklyn at 5 p.m. each day, the last thing I want for dinner is a chilled kale and apple salad. Don't get me wrong, I love me some blanched kale and Granny Smiths, but cold winter times call for warm, comforting measures. And luckily, thanks to these healthy comfort food hacks, we don't have to go all cold turkey on our favorite seasonal comfort foods.
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Baked Potato Nachos
Replace those salty processed tortilla chips with real life oven-roasted, potassium-rich potatoes. Oh She Glows tops her taters with classic nacho toppings including black beans, avocado, and fresh cilantro. Feeling super healthy? Replace those Russets with sweet potatoes a la Paleo Grubs.
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of creamy garlic mashed potatoes. But all that cream and starch will be sure to put you to sleep in seven minutes flat. Avoid the fatigue and mash some low fat, high fiber cauliflower instead. See how Healthful Pursuit mashes her hearty veg here.
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