Nutrition 2015-10-09 Comfort Food That’s Good for You Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Nutrition/Comfort Food That’s Good for You Heart Healthier Spins on Favorite Comfort Foods When winter sets in and you’re craving something rich and filling, comfort food can seem at absolute odds with your New Year’s resolution to eat well. But a few strategic substitutions can offer heart-friendly renditions of heart-warming meals. Comfort food is traditionally high in calories and saturated fat, so look for fat-free or low fat dairy products, replace beef with turkey or other lean options and use whole-wheat pasta and flour. Home cooking can improve the healthiness of comfort foods considerably: Homemade soup has significantly less sodium than canned soup. Try baking instead of pan or deep frying, using flavor boosting spices and herbs to enhance lean meats and opting for cocoa powder over chocolate. Certain comfort foods even bring their own benefits to the table. Spinach lasagna can provide a third of your daily fiber and tomato sauce is rich in antioxidants. A mixed berry cobbler with cornmeal crust also offers antioxidants along with vitamin rich berries. Discover nutritious spins on your favorite comfort foods and find more recipes with Prevention, Eating Well and the Food Network. Here are some of our favorites: Mac and Cheese Spaghetti and Meatballs Chili Chicken and Dumplings Mashed Potatoes Chocolate Pudding Brownies Mixed Berry Cobbler Interested in hearing more from Northwestern Medicine? Sign up for the Healthy Tips E‑Newsletter for everything from health and wellness ideas to patient breakthroughs to academic and medical advancements. Share This Page Related Topics Favorite Foods Healthy Diet Heart and Vascular Recipes Related Content Nutrition Dairy: Do You Really Need It? People who CAN digest dairy are actually in the minority. Learn the truth about dairy products, milk substitutes and calcium consumption. 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