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December 2, 2016 by
Jay Medley
While the winter is coming quick, the scalding summer temperatures have subsided and cooler days are ahead. And what says winter like comfort foods?

Basically nothing, in our opinion. However – typically – comfort foods tend to be rather unhealthy – high in carbs and calories, and not doing many good things for our health overall.

But have no fear! There is a way to indulge without ruining your diet. After all, we are here to keep you on track!

Take a look at some healthy comfort food ideas and recipes that you will love and not have to feel guilty about.

5 Healthy Comfort Food Ideas to Indulge in this Winter

Twice baked potatoes

Twice baked potatoes must be one of the yummiest foods ever, right?! However, between the potatoes, cream, and cheese – they aren’t the healthiest.

Luckily, this variation of this delectable side is much healthier, and is even easy to make.

SkinnyTaste’s Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes feature not only potatoes but also mashed cauliflower, cutting down heavily on the carbs and fat associated with the dish.

Also, it incorporates vegetables, helping you reach your recommended eight servings a day, via the cauliflower as well as the broccoli on top. Can you say yum and score?!

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Baked zucchini fries

What did the world do before the zucchini craze took hold?

Seriously, they have to be one of the most delicious and versatile veggies that we could ever imagine!

These Baked zucchini fries from Gimme Delicious are not only delicious and easy to make, but they pair perfectly with any chicken or beef dish as an unforgettable side.

What a great way to skip out on carbs and, once again, incorporate an extra serving of veggies.

Healthy mac and cheese – mac and cheese must be the ultimate comfort food, right?!

I mean, what could be better than carbs smothered in butter and melted cheese?

Um, probably nothing. But, this dish historically comes at the cost of lots and lots of calories – and probably a carb coma after you finish.

However, thanks to this healthy spin on the pasta dish from Chocolate Covered Katie, you can indulge without the guilt.

This easy-to-make meal is less than 250 calories a serving, which is quite a feat! Try adding shredded chicken for extra protein and to make it more of a full meal.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup – on a chilly day, a cup of soup is always the ultimate luxury. However, many fan favorite soups are high in sodium, dairy, and calories – making them an unhappy indulgence.

However, The Food Network has a tried and true “healthified” broccoli cheddar soup recipe that you have to try! With only 15 minutes prep time, it is easy to make and totally delicious.

Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a classic comfort food that has an abundance of protein in it, and not to mention lots of flavor!

To make it more healthy, though, Eating Well has a recipe chock-full of good-for-you ingredients, such as celery, garlic, and egg whites. Give it a try for something yummy and healthy on a winter night!

While you may think you have to give up comfort foods in order to stay healthy, this list proves that notion wrong. Enjoy your favorites in a more healthy version today – all you need to do is get cooking!

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