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By NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health
We all have our go-to comfort food. Maybe it’s a favorite dish from growing up or a go to meal that leaves us satisfied in the body and mind. It is normal and healthy to find comfort in your favorite foods, however, often times these foods have limited nutritional value.
Would you be surprised to learn that you can make your favorite comfort food in a way that still tastes good but is actually healthier?
Yep, it’s possible. Dietitians know the secret.
“There are healthier foods that can be swapped in for unhealthier ingredients and most people will not notice a significant difference in taste,” said Kate Kinne, RD, a dietitian at Galter LifeCenter, a medical fitness center that is part of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore).
Take Greek yogurt, for example. Its texture is nearly identical to sour cream, and its similarly tangy taste make it the perfect swap for sour cream in dips and soups. The best part: A half-cup substitution will save you more than 220 calories, 22 grams of fat and 13 grams of saturated fat---while adding up to 12g of protein!
Having healthier items on hand is also a good idea.
”While all foods can fit into a healthy diet, there are some ways to make everyday recipes healthier without sacrificing taste or texture” said Annie Scott, RD, the community outreach registered dietitian at Swedish Hospital. “Keeping basic ingredients like eggs, low fat milk, fruits and vegetables and lean protein including beans, chicken or salmon in your fridge, makes adding nutrition to your favorite meals easier.”
Check out these tasty swaps:
Talk to your doctor or dietitian before starting a new meal plan. They can give you the support and tools you need to make smart food choices. Get more healthy recipes.
Need a doctor? Find the right one for you at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Interested in learning more? Visit Swedish Hospital’s Community Wellness Center for free nutrition and wellness classes!