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Believe it or not, there are healthy ways of making the most delicious comfort foods that you like so much. It starts with the ingredients you use, and it ends with how you cook these ingredients. When done the right way, you can make comfort foods that are commonly associated with weight gain and poor health perfectly safe and healthy to eat whenever you get the craving for them. The key is to use low-fat substitutes, all-natural or organic ingredients, and cooking methods that don’t destroy the nutrients contained in the ingredients.

Using Low-Fat Replacements

You can replace key ingredients in a recipe to make the dish you’re cooking healthier or low-fat when compared with the original. For instance, instead of using potatoes, which are high in starch and carbohydrates, use cauliflower instead! This might sound strange to you if you’ve never tried it, but you’ll be surprised how good it is when you do. Simply steam or boil cauliflower florets until they are tender, then mash them with ingredients you would normally use for this comfort food favorite.

Replacing eggs with applesauce is another example. For every egg called for in a baking recipe, you can use a quarter of a cup of applesauce instead. The sweetness practically cooks away when the baked item is done, and you won’t notice the difference unless you know you replaced eggs with applesauce. For confirmation, try giving a sample to an unsuspecting loved one. They might mention that the flavor is slightly off, but it won’t be enough for them to complain about.

Here’s another suggestion: Instead of deep-frying that chicken, why not oven fry it instead? Most oils turn cancerous when heated, and lard just isn’t that good for you. Season your chicken, toss in breadcrumbs and lightly coat with oil. Then bake them in the oven for crispy, delicious chicken.

Adding Healthy Ingredients to Recipes

You can add healthy ingredients to your favorite comfort foods to fortify them with nutrients. If you like mac and cheese, you will love it when you add halved cherry tomatoes and baby spinach. Instead of using regular cheddar cheese, use a healthier cheese like Gruy√®re cheese. This fine cheese is high in the short-chain fatty acid called butyrate, also known as butyric acid. It’s great for your digestive health, can reduce inflammation, and has anti-cancerous properties.