Do you have those moments when you are just craving some comfort food? This happens for me quite often. Usually it’s in response to some stress, exhaustion or other trigger. In those times I find these healthy comfort food recipes a great resource.
For many of us, we find comfort in food. And it may be difficult to come to terms with that fact. In many weight loss programs this type of eating is often discouraged or considered a huge red flag because it is often associated with high calorie meals, overeating and off-limits foods. But it’s natural in times of difficulty to look for comfort and sometimes that comes from eating. For me comfort in foods reminds me of home, my family, fond memories, my mom and much more. Those are times when I felt safe, loved and comfortable.
Practicing intuitive eating has allowed me to make peace with the fact that I find comfort in food while at the same time helping me work towards making food choices that my body wants and needs as well as those that provide me with emotional comfort when it’s needed. All without feeling guilty about allowing myself to feel that way and also with less bingeing and overeating.
How we each define comfort food is deeply personal and everyone has their own list of favorites that they rely on when the craving hits. For me, these foods typically are some version of creamy, hearty dishes or simply some combination of my favorite foods. Many of these dishes feature flavors that I grew up eating at home and with my family which is likely why I feel comfort when eating them.
Here is a collection of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes that have appeared here on the blog. I hope you find some inspiration here for your next meal.
Some of these flavors may not be as familiar to you as they are to me. But they are some of my favorites that I’ve discovered over the years. They are filling and delicious and some of my favorites!
Classic comfort foods
To me these are my classics. They remind me most of my mom and her cooking and of being around the dinner table with my family.
I grew up in Texas and LOVE to eat Mexican or Tex-Mex food whenever the opportunity exists. Here are some of my vegetarian versions of all my favorites.
Who doesn’t love pasta? So satisfying and yummy! And even better than that, many pasta dishes cook quickly or work great for meal prep!
What are some of your favorite comfort foods? Tell me about it in the comments.
Do you consider these foods to be off-limits and restrict the eating of them? Are you tired of feeling that way and want to learn how to make peace with food and cravings? You can accomplish all this through implementing Intuitive Eating into your lifestyle. Contact me today for more information! I will personally respond to your message…I promise!
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