Swapping healthy comfort food for some not so healthy comfort foods can be easy if you just keep like textures in mind. At least that’s what Rocco DiSpirito, a very fit, triathalon running chef was able to find out once he changed the preparation for his go-to food, as stated in the Ocotober 2010 issue of Prevention magazine. This guy has cornered the market on some tasty comforting ways to cut back on all the bad stuff, whether it be empty carbs, fats, or sugar. Here are a few of his suggestions, and one of my own to finish things off with.
Use cornstarch instead of cream
Providing richness to your recipes from something other than cream is completely do-able with cornstarch. Not to mention doing this won’t add an ounce of fat as well! Keep in mind that if your recipe is calling for heavy cream, you can use a combination of fat free evaporated milk instead of heavy cream. It’s healthier and you’ll still create the comforting thick rich smoothness that cream does.
Cauliflower instead of potatoes
I’m the first one to say that as a rawist, I’ve had some very good versions of raw mashed potatoes made with raw cauliflower, but it’s also great for those that would rather eat a warm cooked version of mashed potatoes. This healthy comfort food, and tasty veggie does a good job of mirroring the texture of standard american mashed potatoes and I can tell you that topping them off with some extra virgin olive oil instead of butter brings the tasty factor up a notch as well!
Zero percent greek yogurt instead of butter
As a replacement for butter, fat free greek yogurt fit’s the bill nicely because for use in your favorite recipes it has a bit of a tanginess, and can be used in place of butter just about one to one in your recipes most of the time. Another plus here is that going non-fat like you are with this food choice will take off around 750 calories, as well as 58 grams of saturated fat in just a ½ cup.
Avocado instead of meat
As a rawist, I’ve seen avocados replace meat in countless recipes. It is just as satiating as meat and that’s probably why. I’ve heard of this healthy comfort food being compared to steak as far as helping you to feel as though you’ve really eaten something substantial, so if you’re looking for something hearty, you’ve found the right healthy comfort food substitute!
Keeping your tastebuds satisfied with healthy comfort food substitutes can always be accomplished if you think beyond the box a bit, and keep yourself open to healthy alternatives that will surprise your conditioned taste buds in a positive way!
October 2010 issue of Prevention magazine