As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, there are few things more satisfying that curling up with your favourite comfort food. However, in most cases, comfort food often doesn’t offer much nutritional value – but what if we told you, you could have your favourite bowl of pasta and by making a few simple changed it could not only make you feel good, but actually do good too.
Swap your usual pasta for spaghetti squash
Pasta offers very little when it comes to nutrition, however swapping to spaghetti squash can sneak in some extra nutrients to a simple dish without changing the flavour. Most supermarkets sell premade spaghetti squash, or it is fairly simple to make from roasted butternut squash.
White rice is another one on the comfort foods list that offers very little nutritional value, swapping it for riced cauliflower so simple to do – just blitz your cauliflower in a food processor. This healthy alternative looks so similar to the real thing, you might not even notice the difference!
Courgette or aubergine in lasagne
Who doesn’t love lasagne? Now you can enjoy it even more knowing it’s also doing you good, simple swap the lasagne sheets for sliced courgette or aubergine – all the goodness without hindering the taste of your favourite dish!
Swap ice cream for frozen banana
Now it might be a bit cold for ice cream, but this blended frozen banana trick may just be what you need to curb those sweet cravings after a meal! Using a blender or a food processor, blend frozen chopped banana pieces for a treat that could almost be mistaken for ice cream.
Whilst these are some easy swaps for your favourite comfort foods, there are so many swaps to add a little for more health into your life. The list below is just a few examples:
Swapping vegetable oil for coconut oil in cooking
Popcorn instead of crisps
Coconut or almond flour rather than wheat flour
Swapping table salt for Himalayan rock salt