Comfort Food to Warm Your Heart

With record snowfalls, brutally cold temperatures and a flu season that won’t quit, there’s no shortage on reasons to be craving a bit of comfort food this winter. Indulging your desire for comfort food can bring a lot of guilt, especially as the winter drags on and your choices and reduced options for exercising start to stack. These recipes are designed to bring more nutrition to variations on popular comfort foods without losing any of the flavor to help you meet your comfort food craving without losing sight of your nutrition goals.

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Rainbow Root Soup

1 Guiding StarThis is chicken soup for your soul and your eyes.  As lovely as it is delicious and packed with hearty winter greens, there’s nothing better to soothe a sick body or warm up a chilly shoveler. (1 Guiding Stars)

Banana Bread Pancakes

3 Guiding StarsSaturday morning pancakes are a beloved ritual. Why not take the nutrition and flavor up a notch by bringing banana and spice to the mix along with some whole grain? (3 Guiding Stars)

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

3 Guiding StarsClassic pea soup is packed with nutrition, and this lower sodium version is as easy as it is familiar and flavorful. Let the slow cooker do the work for you. (3 Guiding Stars)

5-Minute Multigrain Cereal

3 Guiding StarsAlthough this whole grain powerhouse may be new, it will quickly become the taste of warming breakfast porridge that you can savor while feeling good about your eating choice. (3 Guiding Stars)

Sweet Potato Chili

2 Guiding StarsUpping the nutritional value of your chili can be as simple as adding more produce, like the beans and sweet potatoes that play nicely with lean turkey in this scrumptious chili. (2 Guiding Stars)

Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

1 Guiding StarSometimes, comfort food just means chocolate cake. Made with whole grains and boosted with beets, this cocoa-licious cake is the perfect way to indulge. (1 Guiding Star)

Classic Mac & Cheese

1 Guiding StarEvaporated milk is the secret to a creamy sauce using a low-fat cheese. The next time you’re craving good ol’ mac & cheese, see if this recipe hits the spot. (1 Guiding Star)