5 tips for healthier comfort food

• Break out the crockpot . Dallas yoga center reviews The beauty of the crockpot, or slow cooker, is that you can dump all the ingredients in the pot before work and have dinner served when you return. Yoga canberra Perfect for busy schedules and comfort food lovers! But many crockpot faves – like pulled meat dishes —are calorie- and fat-laden. Face yoga exercises for glowing skin Taking the extra step of browning meat ahead of time (and draining the fat) trims the calories and fat content and boosts flavor.

Bonus: Many people focus on slow cookers for the main event, but they’re equally convenient for cooking up healthy sides. Restorative yoga sequence with props Try winter squash such as acorn, spaghetti and butternut or use it to make soup.

• Whip up some homemade soup . Isha yoga tamil mp3 songs free download Turns out the idea that chicken soup can relieve cold/flu symptoms has some sound scientific backing. Yoga om symbol tattoo Hot liquids, like tea or broth-based soups, help loosen mucus and keep your body hydrated. Anti gravity yoga idaho falls Researchers have also found that chicken soup with vegetables may have anti-inflammatory properties. Best yoga workout videos on youtube And let’s not forget the positive psychological effect a comforting bowl of soup can have when you’re feeling sick or just a little down.

Bonus: Homemade broth-based soup can be fairly low in calories so it can help you manage your weight. Bihar school of yoga usa It’s also a good vehicle for getting more vegetables into your diet, and you can customize it to your tastes or whatever veggies you need to use up. Bikram yoga london ontario Whether you’re making your own stock or using stock from the store, be sure to watch the sodium content.

• Warm up with chili. Postnatal yoga poses With meat, beans and cheese, chili is a classic comfort food. Meditation music for stress Unfortunately, it also tends to pack a hefty hit in the calorie department, particularly when it acts as a dressing for hot dogs or a side dish for burgers! But chili doesn’t have to be a dietary disaster. Uptown yoga lakewood dallas tx In fact, the signature ingredients in most chili recipes, including beans, tomatoes, onions and garlic, are surprisingly good for you!

• Get creative with casseroles. Weight loss yoga with adriene Rather than resort to the fat-laden, cream-soup based casseroles of yesteryear, lighten up your favorite recipes with smart substitutions. Pregnancy yoga positions third trimester Slash the fat by substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream or mayo, making cream-based soups from scratch (with lower-fat ingredients) and cutting the amount of butter, cheese and other fattening extras in half. Yoga mantras for happiness It’s also fun to experiment with newer one-pot/pan meals that combine healthy ingredients, like a ginger chicken and brown rice casserole.

Bonus: Whether you’re making Shepherd’s pie or cheesy Chicken Divan, you can easily throw in extra fresh (or frozen) veggies for an added dose of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Prenatal yoga poses to avoid Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions.

• Cut back on carbs. Baba ramdev yoga for weight loss diet Rather than overload on calorie-heavy carbohydrates (mashed potatoes, pasta), use fiber-rich veggies to revamp comfort food classics. Astanga yoga Mix whole wheat fettucine with zucchini noodles, use riced cauliflower in lieu of mashed potatoes, and replace starchy potatoes with cannellini beans in soups and winter salads.

Bonus: Making these smart swaps not only helps you cut back on fat and calories, it also gives you a chance to add immune-boosting nutrients to your meals that can help keep you healthy and strong through flu season.

You can modify nearly any comfort food recipe to make it lower in calories and fat and higher in nutrients. Yoga yoga north Cook foods at a low temperature for a longer period of time to draw out natural flavors. Yoga daily routine And remember every food fits in a healthy lifestyle — even the unmodified classic recipes. Yoga youtube music The key, of course, is portion control.

Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN, is director of the Henry Ford Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Music for yoga youtube She enjoys communicating with people about healthy living and eating and was a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 9 years. Best yoga asanas for weight loss Beth is the president of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which also named her as the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2012.

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