Our recipes and tips prove that meals can be healthy and satisfying
by Megan O. Steintrager
Fried, melted, ooey, gooey, rich, starchy, and sweet...These are the adjectives of comfort food. Unfortunately, many traditional soul-satisfying dishes, such as mac 'n' cheese, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and pudding, are high in calories, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.
You Say Potato-We Say Healthy!
Spuds often get a bad rap, but did you know that one small baked potato has 22 percent of the daily value for vitamin C? The tasty tubers are also a good source of the essential trace mineral manganese, vitamin B6 (necessary for the creation of serotonin, which regulates mood), and potassium (which helps control blood pressure), according to our sister site Nutrition Data.
Where Have You Bean?
Legumes, which figure into several of the dishes here-a bean burrito casserole, a side of limas, and even a dessert-are wonderful vegetarian sources of protein and fiber. They fill you up and keep you full for a long time. Beans also supply folate, an essential nutrient for heart health, as well as fetal development. Plus, they're inexpensive.
Like all dairy products, cheese is good source of calcium-essential for strong bones and teeth. "Calcium also seems to play a role in lowering blood pressure, and has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women," according to Nutrition Data. Choose low-fat versions or use full-fat, strongly flavored ones sparingly to keep calories and saturated fat in check.
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