Tips To Make Comfort Foods Healthier - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Tips To Make Comfort Foods Healthier

Posted:

By Elizabeth Cohen

(CNN) - It's that time of year. As the weather gets colder, we may reach for food as comfort - like spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni n' cheese and chili... reminding us of the past.

"Comfort foods are more about the heart than they are about hunger," said Marisa Moore, a registered dietician.

Moore says comfort foods are often high in fat, calories or sodium.

Eating too much of them can lead to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.

Moore offers these tips to make your own healthy comfort foods.

For mac n' cheese:

"You can start with a lower-fat milk, that will help to cut back on the calories. Or you can add vegetables to it," Moore said.

For spaghetti and meatballs:

Moore says, "Instead of using beef, you might use a lean ground turkey. You might switch up your pasta option and use a spaghetti squash, which is a winter squash."

Moore says this makes for a lower-calorie and lower-carbohydrate dish.

As for chili:

"Heart-healthy chili is actually very easy to make. One thing to do is sort of volumize with vegetables - you can add beans, you can add mushrooms and carrots. Those are great ways to increase the fiber," Moore said.

Copyright 2012 CNN. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Large Fire Burning in Downtown Fresno

    Large Fire Burning in Downtown Fresno

    Firefighters are at a large fire in Downtown Fresno.It is burning south of Ventura,along the railroad tracks that are parallel to Santa Fe and Parallel Avenues. Our crew sees that one building has been destroyed, others are threatened. Several trains have also stopped as a result.More >>
    Firefighters are at a large fire in Downtown Fresno.It is burning south of Ventura,along the railroad tracks that are parallel to Santa Fe and Parallel Avenues. Our crew sees that one building has been destroyed, others are threatened. Several trains have also stopped as a result.More >>
  • Gasoline Price War in Porterville!

    Gasoline Price War in Porterville!

    There's a gasoline price war in Porterville-- and customers say they are winning!Take for instance, Toby Stone. Healways puts the same dollar amount of gasoline into his SUV: $60."It's kinda depressing. I don't pay attention to the amount of gasoline. I just fill up as much as I can," he said Monday afternoon, as he pumped gas at JJ's Food Mart on Henderson and Prospect.What he didn't expect, was that his dollar stretched further after the owner of the store dropped the price over the weekend...More >>
    There's a gasoline price war in Porterville-- and customers say they are winning!Take for instance, Toby Stone. Healways puts the same dollar amount of gasoline into his SUV: $60."It's kinda depressing. I don't pay attention to the amount of gasoline. I just fill up as much as I can," he said Monday afternoon, as he pumped gas at JJ's Food Mart on Henderson and Prospect.What he didn't expect, was that his dollar stretched further after the owner of the store dropped the price over the weekend...More >>
  • VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Fresno Business Challenges People To Let Lawns Go Brown

    VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Fresno Business Challenges People To Let Lawns Go Brown

    Valley Drought 2014 has a Fresno business cutting how much water it uses and it wants others to do the same. To encourage people to save water the company is offering a challenge.
    More >>
    Valley Drought 2014 has a Fresno business cutting how much water it uses and it wants others to do the same. To encourage people to save water the company is offering a challenge.

    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.