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Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Summer Foods, Burgers to Pie to Ice Cream

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Try these healthy versions of summer dishes so you can have your cake (or fried chicken) and eat it too

Summer, of course, is the season when an abundance of great produce is at the peak of production and, more importantly, the peak of flavor (just check out what’s in season this July!) But let’s face it: we all know that these fresh and nutritious ingredients don’t always find their way into our quintessential summer dishes.

Quite possibly the biggest and health problem with summer cooking lies in our dependence on sauces and add-ons. Our usual summer go-tos are often doused in BBQ sauce, swimming in mayonnaise (hello potato salad!), and fueled by sugar, leaving us eaters in a heavy, lethargic, post-meal stupor.

This is certainly not always a bad thing — everything in moderation, right? But if you are devoted to keeping your hard-earned “summer bod” at the ready and equally determined to eat your fair share of coleslaw and ice cream, try these recipes and tips to keep on track without missing out on any of the summer eatin’ fun.

Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Summer Foods, Burgers to Pie to Ice Cream

Summer, of course, is the season when an abundance of great produce is at the peak of production and, more importantly, the peak of flavor (just check out what’s in season this July!) But let’s face it: we all know that these fresh and nutritious ingredients don’t always find their way into our quintessential summer dishes.

Quite possibly the biggest and health problem with summer cooking lies in our dependence on sauces and add-ons. Our usual summer go-tos are often doused in BBQ sauce, swimming in mayonnaise (hello potato salad!), and fueled by sugar, leaving us eaters in a heavy, lethargic, post-meal stupor.

This is certainly not always a bad thing — everything in moderation, right? But if you are devoted to keeping your hard-earned “summer bod” at the ready and equally determined to eat your fair share of coleslaw and ice cream, try these recipes and tips to keep on track without missing out on any of the summer eatin’ fun.

Baked Beans

Emily Jacobs

Did you know that July is National Baked Bean month? Perfect time to try your hand at making your own! This way you can control the all the unhealthy variables. Beans are a great source of protein, B vitamins, fiber, and iron. For a vegetarian option that uses honey instead of sugar, try making this quick and spicy Vegetarian Baked White Beans.

On the other hand, Kristen Gradney, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says baked beans are just about the worst food you could eat at a backyard barbecue. “On average, a half-cup serving of baked beans contains thirteen grams of sugar, almost five times the amount in a sugar cube. You may get sluggish and tired after eating this because of your body’s reaction to the large amount of sugar.” Instead, she recommends a black bean and corn salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar.

BBQ Chicken

In some cases, thick and gloopy sugar-filled BBQ sauce is needed because the chicken is overcooked and dry. Properly grilled chicken doesn’t need the sauce! Read these tips for perfectly grilled chicken, every time. Also check out this recipe Spicy Greek Yogurt and Lime Marinated Chicken for a healthy alternative to BBQ sauce-covered chicken.

If you just can’t ditch the sauce, swap out the processed sugar with honey or with sweet summer fruit like peaches or plums. Also, you can use apple cider vinegar for tartness in a homemade BBQ sauce. Apple cider vinegar provides a lot of health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and aiding in weight loss, and on top of all that it is good for your gut and helps with digestion.

Burgers

In lieu of beef, try a turkey burger. Turkey breast is low in fat and high in protein, plus it is a great source of vitamin B6, zinc, and niacin! Be sure to ask your butcher for white turkey breast meat only; dark thigh meat in the patty can add back in the fat you are trying to avoid. Browse our endless list of turkey burger recipes in search of one that you think will hit the spot. If you are looking to make your turkey burger even healthier, try an organic whole wheat bun (or half bun!) or even a low-cal English muffin as a bun substitute.

Click through from this healthy Mushroom, Parmesan, and Wheat Germ Turkey Burger recipe.

Coleslaw

You can swap out heavy mayonnaise for a lighter coleslaw. Try this recipe made with tangy Greek yogurt to add thickness without extra fat and calories, or check out this crunchy and colorful coleslaw recipe that swaps out the sugar, white vinegar, and mayo for grapeseed oil, apple cider vinegar, and agave syrup.

Fried Chicken

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The unhealthiness of fried chicken comes largely from the amount of oil it absorbs from spending a long time in the fryer. Fear not — you don’t have to boycott fried chicken just yet. Culinary master and fried chicken aficionado David Chang has a great technique that makes it so your chicken only spends 1-2 minutes total in the oil. The trick: steam your chicken first!

Steam your chicken in a regular steamer basket until it's completely cooked through, then you can coat the chicken in batter and flash fry it to get that delectable crust. Side note: the proper oil temperature is key; if your heat is too low, the food absorbs oil instead of dispelling air and moisture making the food greasy and heavy. The Daily Meal has countless fried chicken recipes but if you want to throw caution to the wind and disregard our healthy eating tip, click here to find out how to Make The Most Perfect Fried Chicken Ever

Fish Tacos

Some fish taco purists demand that the fish be fried, but this grilled version is light, flavorful, and tastes very fresh. Find good quality white fish, such as halibut or cod, and simply season with as little as oil, salt, and pepper it before grilling it over med-high heat. Grilled fish tacos are not complete without the tangy punch of lime, the flavorful zing of cilantro, and the crunch of red cabbage. Try it; we are pretty sure that you’ll forget all about the fried version.

For Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw, click here!

Hot Dogs

Our Healthiest and Unhealthiest Store-Bought Hot Dogs article dubbed Applegate Farms the healthiest option out there for both all beef dogs and turkey dogs. Applegate’s 100% beef dog is made with organic, grass-fed beef too! For an exclusively low-cal beef option Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Franks was the winner for the best low fat option. Turkey dogs are also a good choice and are the primary ingredient in this featured recipe Mozzarella Pesto Turkey Franks. Click here for the recipe!

Ice Cream

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for…. Bananas? That’s not usually how that cheer goes but this “ice cream” recipe requires just 1 ingredient: bananas! Frozen and pureed bananas makes for a delectable ice cream substitute with no added sugar or fat. This is completely raw and vegan too! Adding a touch of freshly grated nutmeg will make this recipe ultra crave-worthy.

Check out this recipe for Banana “Ice Cream” here

Ice Pops

Instead of colored sugar-water, freeze a smoothie in ice pop molds. Better than just fruit juice, all the nutrients and fiber from the berry skins stay in so you don’t overload on simple fruit sugars. Check out the 8 Healthy Ice Pops You Can Feel Good About Snacking On here, and try making these Berry Pops ASAP!

Ice Tea

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It’s no secret that Americas love their sugar; sometimes it seems that nearly every product on the supermarket shelves has some added sweetness to it. Ice tea is no exception. Yet if you make your own at home, you have control over the sugar content. You could even substitute the sugar with honey or agave syrup. In this recipe summertime blackberries mingle with black tea and lemons for a flavorful and refreshing drink. Check it out here.

Lobster Rolls

No summer is complete without a lobster roll, but there are two problems: the rich, ultra-buttery potato bun and the amount of mayonnaise that binds the lobster. Don’t fret, as there are two easy solutions: forget the greasy butter, and make your own mayonnaise! Making your own mayonnaise is very easy and teaches you an essential kitchen technique. It not only tastes better, but you control the quality of ingredients. Learn how to make your own here!

With these two tips,makes these make these awesome Mini Lobster Rolls courtesy of Butter NYC.

Lemonade

Avoid the cloyingly sweet lemonade and make your own fresh, bright, and refreshing summer drink by either using less sugar or swapping it for a sugar substitute. Coconut sugar, used in this featured recipe, is a natural sweetener low on the glycemic index meaning it contains less glucose. Honey, stevia, maple syrup, and agave syrup are other natural sweeteners that would also healthify your lemonade.

Click here to see this Homemade Lemonade recipe.

Pie

The easiest way to get a healthier fruit pie is to cut the sugar or use natural, unprocessed alternatives. Flavorful summer fruit hardly needs additional sweetness anyway. You can also integrate heartier, less processed flours into your pie crust such as whole wheat or spelt flour to up the nutritional value. Use pie crust as a topping, as an alternative to a buttery, sugary crumble. Click though for this beautiful Blueberry Pie recipe with lattice top.

Potato Salad

With just a handful of ingredients, you can create a potato salad that’s not only delicious and memorable, but also healthier since we swapped the heavy mayonnaise for a tangy vinaigrette. This recipe uses waxy red-skinned potatoes instead of starchy potatoes, so there’s more fiber to help you feel satisfied with less.

Click here for this Heart Healthy Potato Salad recipe

Pulled Pork

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Although pork is not on the list of healthiest foods, sugary BBQ sauce really ups the unhealthy ante. For healthier pulled pork, make your own marinade and sauce! This recipe here uses peaches and honey for sweetness and spices to bulk up the flavor. We don’t think you’ll miss that store bought bottle anytime soon. Click here for the recipe.

Snow Cones

A symbol of childhood, the epic snow cone is no doubt a wonderful way to cool down in the hot summer months. The favoring syrups, albeit delicious, are packed with artificial flavors, dyes, and sugar. For an icy treat substitute try making a granita. Icify anything from lemonade to coffee to rosé! Just pour into a shallow pan, freeze, and scrap up with a fork to create a granulated consistency. This watermelon granita also uses honey as a substitute for sugar, making it an even healthier alternative. Click here for the recipe.

Strawberry Shortcake

These days, strawberries are available to us all year round. Yet when strawberries are in season locally their flavor is nothing short of transcendent. Strawberry shortcakes are often made with buttery rich biscuits and densely sweet whipped cream. One way to address this is to skip the biscuit and enjoy your strawberries with low-cal whipped topping.

Another option is to embrace the good fat found in grass-fed cream and make whipped cream without any sugar. Since the berries are so sweet in season, sugar is virtually unnecessary and the plain cream will add a light freshness to your dessert.

Check out the Basil Infused Strawberry Shortcake recipe here.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

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20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

Sweet

20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


31 Classic Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

As the weather gets chillier, cravings for cool, fresh ingredients diminish as those urges to eat ooey gooey warm goodness take over. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not. Creamy soup for lunch? Don&rsquot mind if we do. Casserole for dinner? Delicious!

Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn&rsquot have to mean benching a healthy diet. Here are 32 classic comfort foods rethought with a balanced diet in mind. Bon appétit!

Savory

1. Veggie Mac and Cheese

It&rsquos a classic childhood favorite, but when those cravings hit as an adult, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

2. Shepard&rsquos Pie

Ground beef, mashed potatoes, and cheese. What&rsquos not to like? The trick with making this one healthier is to mix healthier stuff in with the potatoes (like cauliflower or parsnips) and fill the inside with plenty of veggies. Plus, with those subs made, you can still keep the full-fat butter and a little cheese without feeling so guilty!

3. Green Bean Casserole

Most family Thanksgivings wouldn&rsquot be complete without this classic casserole. Trouble is, the cream of mushroom soup base and crunchy fried onion topper make it not such a healthy choice. Instead of using classic canned soup and those pre-packaged fried onions, opt for a low-sodium soup (or make your own), throw in some extra fresh mushrooms, and make your own crunchy onion topping.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mamma Mia! There&rsquos nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of spaghetti and homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. Instead of going for the classic pasta, take the healthier route and opt for whole-wheat or spaghetti squash as an alternative. As for the meatballs, try turkey as a substitution for classic beef, and make the sauce from scratch, too, to avoid any added preservatives, sugar, and sodium.

5. Mashed Potatoes

Rather than overload on carbohydrates with classic mashed potatoes, try a substitute that&rsquos a little lower in carbs and much higher in protein (and antioxidants). This &ldquomock cauliflower&rdquo mix of mashed cannellini beans and cauliflower has the same texture as classic mashed potatoes, but with benefits far outweighing those of the original.

6. Meatloaf

The mix of pork and beef that goes into a classic meatloaf isn&rsquot exactly the healthiest choice of protein. And the white bread doesn&rsquot help either. Swapping in lean ground turkey and using oatmeal instead of white bread reduces the amount of fat in the dish and ups the fiber. Feeling creative? Throw some veggies in the mix: Grated carrots and finely minced onion and bell peppers can really raise the &ldquowow&rdquo factor.

7. Roast Chicken

There are few things more simple and comforting than a whole roast chicken straight from the oven. Those birds from the grocery store are often dripping in excess fat, but it&rsquos easy to make your own perfect bird at home with extra veggies and less added fat. Try this easy recipe that pairs a bird with sweet potatoes, corn cobs, onions, garlic, rosemary, and lemon. It&rsquos easy to throw together, and the only added fat is a hearty drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil.

8. Baked Beans

What BBQ would be complete without some baked beans? Unfortunately, all the slab bacon and brown sugar can make for a not-so-healthy side dish. Try this healthier version using &ldquoliquid smoke&rdquo flavor instead of bacon, and a drizzle of agave for sweetness instead of brown sugar.

9. Pizza

Contrary to the looks of those greasy pies hanging out in the local pizza parlor window, pizza can make a healthy meal &mdash when it&rsquos done right. Choose a whole-wheat, tortilla, or cauliflower crust, and pile the veggies on high. Also opt for a strong-flavored cheese so the pie requires less of the melty stuff to get full flavor. (Check out 74 more ways to make pizza healthier here!)

10. Chicken Pot Pie

This particular healthier chicken pot pie recipe has been a favorite in my house for years. Instead of doing the traditional &ldquocrust on top,&rdquo this recipe calls for individual puff-pastry squares prepared separately from the pie &ldquofilling.&rdquo The filling is cooked on the stovetop and can be eaten alone, or with the puff pastry side. Plus, it&rsquos packed full of veggies (the recipe calls for summer squash and snap peas, but feel free to get creative with winter squash and other greens). Consider swapping out the heavy cream for low-fat milk, too.

11. Chili

It&rsquos football season, people! What get together is complete without some home cooked chili? This turkey chili with chipotle and chocolate gives all the rich flavor of traditional beef chili with less fat. Plus, it&rsquos packed with protein-rich beans along with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The unsweetened cocoa powder also gives all the benefits of chocolate (tons of antioxidants) without all the sugar in a chocolate bar.

12. Fried Chicken

Sorry, kids. You&rsquore not getting away with a &ldquohealthy&rdquo deep fried chicken here. But, there is a way to make faux fried chicken in the oven and keep all the deliciousness intact (plus, it&rsquos Paleo!). What&rsquos the secret? Coconut oil and almond flour. Brown in a pan, finish in the oven. Crispy and delicious drumsticks will emerge after about 20 minutes!

13. Sloppy Joes

Is there a more quintessentially middle-school meal than the classic sloppy Joe? Made with some Manwich, perhaps? Instead of the classic red meat and tomato sauce mix on a white hamburger bun, try swapping in turkey meat, and serving it open-faced on half a whole-grain bun. Bonus: Make your own tomato sauce with as many veggies as possible &mdash carrots, onion, bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms are sure to be a hit.

14. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings might be one of the most comforting meals out there. Seriously, what&rsquos more delicious than a cream-filled stew base with floating pillows of dough? Make it healthier by opting for lean chicken breasts only and packing the dish with extra veggies (more peas, please!). As for the dumplings, try making the dough withwhole-wheat flour and throw in some chopped herbs for extra green (and flavor).

15. Burgers

Yes, indulging in a greasy, fat cheeseburger on a classic brioche bun is OK every once in a while. But for those more frequent burger urges, try something a bit healthier to fill the craving. These black bean and quinoa burgers are packed with protein and fiber. Throw these patties on a lettuce bun with some chopped sliced tomato and avocado and a dollop of homemade ketchup and you&rsquove got yourself a winner! Throw on a slice of sharp cheddar if you&rsquore feeling indulgent.

16. Lasagna

Instead of classic lasagna noodles (which, lets face it, often take more work than it&rsquos worth!), try layering thin strips of zucchini or eggplant. Also opt for homemade sauce, and throw some extra chopped veggies into the filling (whether it&rsquos a vegetarian or meat lasagna).

17. Fries

Rather than gorge on a cone of classic fried spuds, try swapping in sweet potatoes. These orange cousins to classic taters are packed with carotenoids, which are great for improving eye health.

18. Grilled Cheese

Bad news, friends: There will be no Wonderbread or Kraft singles in this recipe. To make the classic grilled cheese a bit healthier, choose whole-grain bread, toast in a dry pan (no butter or oil), and use a flavorful, high-quality cheese (so you don&rsquot need to pile it on to get the great flavor). If that&rsquos not healthy enough for ya, serve with a salad on the side, or add veggies to the sammie too.

19. Chicken Wings

A big plate of fiery hot chicken wings makes just about any sports-watching event more enjoyable. Unfortunately, their deep-fried preparation and unnecessary breading make them not such a healthy choice (not to mention how easy it is to eat plates full without looking back). Instead of going the fried route, try broiling wings without breading, relying just on hot sauce and some lemon juice for flavor.

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20. Pancakes

A classic short stack? Simple carb central, and not exactly the most exciting item on the breakfast menu. Amp them up with Greek yogurt, and you have something a bit more interesting (for the taste buds and waistline). Plus, the Greek yogurt is so flavorful, these cakes don&rsquot require nearly as much maple syrup as classic versions (though we don&rsquot blame you if it&rsquos still habit to pour it on heavy!). Add chopped fruit or nuts to this mix for a more interesting outcome.

21. French Toast

Whoever first thought to make egg-soaked bread a hot breakfast item has our hearts forever. Boost this breakfast classic by using whole-grain cinnamon raisin bread, egg whites, and plenty of fresh fruit to top the whole thing. An extra sprinkle of cinnamon won&rsquot hurt, either!

22. Apple Pie

Apple pie is just one of those things that will always scream &ldquocomfort.&rdquo Cooking the pie filling in the actual apple is a great way to cut back on excess crust, but still get all the great flavor and texture. After scooping out the centers of the apple, cook the filling, refill the cored empty apple skins, and top with a few strips of crust. Voilà! Apple pie in apples.

23. Coffee Cake

This recipe makes it easy to fill that indulgent coffee cake craving without making an entire pan (and risking accidently nibbling down the entire thing by the end of breakfast). It&rsquos simple: Combine all the ingredients in a mug, microwave for a minute or two, and enjoy! Feel free to double fist with this one, too &mdash just make sure the second mug is for coffee and not another cake!

24. Ice Cream Sundae

It&rsquos the go-to for heartbreak, disappointment, and plain old depression, so how dare we ruin it and reveal that the ice cream sundae can be made healthy? We promise you won&rsquot regret swapping in pure banana ice cream, fresh fruit and roasted nut topping, and pure dark chocolate or natural peanut butter drizzle for the classic fixins&rsquo.

25. Cornbread

A southern classic, cornbread has become an icon for all things comfort food. Topped with a pat of butter and drizzle of honey? Even better. When craving this corn classic, steer clear of too much butter and unnecessary white flour filler. Instead, opt for a recipe like this one, using just six easy ingredients: pure cornmeal, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and just a little vegetable oil.

26. Brownies

At Greatist, we&rsquoll take any excuse to add avocado to a recipe &mdash and brownies are the perfect opportunity. Black bean brownies with avocado frosting take it even a step further by offering an extra dose of protein in addition to the awesome monosaturated fats from the avocado. (We promise, your friends will never guess the main ingredients in this recipe!)

27. Apple Crisp

The simpler cousin to apple pie, crisp is another great way to enjoy the season&rsquos freshest apples and satisfy that sweet tooth. Simply toss apple slices in a bit of sugar, layer in a glass dish. Top with an oat crumble topping, bake for a few minutes, and voila! Cut back on sugar and butter amounts and add some extra cinnamon spice to make this recipe a bit healthier.

28. Pumpkin Pie

This simple pumpkin pie custard is perfect for filling that common autumn craving for pumpkin pie. Missing the crust? Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over the top, and all is well again! The custard is super simple, simply combining pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spices to create the perfect crust-less treat.

29. Belgian Waffles

We had to throw pumpkin back into this list somehow! Adding pureed pumpkin to waffle (or pancake) mix is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies. Add some protein powder , too, and you have a super-healthy way to start any day.

30. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The easiest way to amp up chocolate chip cookies? Add quinoa, flaxseed, and banana, and opt for dark chocolate chips.The quinoa adds a dose of protein and banana gives the cookies sweetness without much added sugar.

31. Birthday Cake

Everyone deserves to indulge on their birthday, but that doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos a pass to gorge on leftover cake all week long! The best way to celebrate with style and not feel guilty later is to pack that cake full of produce. A harvest cake (this one&rsquos filled with carrots, zucchini, beets, walnuts, and raisins) is a great way to fit in another serving of veggies and satisfy that sweet tooth without ruining that healthy-eating streak.


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