College is stressful, especially during the mid semester slump, you may start craving that macaroni and cheese. Comfort foods are those dishes that aren’t necessarily nutritious, but often bring back happy memories of home. This emotional connection to your favorite dishes isn’t imagined, but no one wants to spoil their diet with excessive amounts of fat and carbohydrates that you may regret later. Here at the College Chew, we know the struggle, and so on this Trim Thursday we’re taking a closer look at how to indulge in your favorite comfort foods with a little less guilt.
2. Zucchini Zingers
Another way to add nutrition to your comfort foods, is through zucchini. While this vegetable does have a louder color and texture, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Trends have caused zucchini to become a popular substitute for linguine in pasta dishes, in a way that will make your food instagram posts super pretty. If the idea of swapping something green in for your beloved pasta makes you cringe, we still have an idea for you. Believe it or not, zucchini can become a part of the ultimate guilty pleasure, chocolate cake. Here the zucchini adds it’s nutritional benefits but also helps to add moisture to the cake and even improve its consistency.
Have we convinced you yet? Try these examples:
- Zucchini Pasta
- Zucchini Chocolate Cake
3. Embrace Yogurt
You know yogurt is good for you, your mom probably tells you all the time, but do you really eat it? Probably not. Many people are put off by yogurt’s texture or just don’t consider it when choosing a fulfilling snack. However, next time you’re craving something delicious, consider a light yogurt cup. Not only do they come in lots of tempting flavors that may help with your sweet tooth, but they’re loaded with calcium and vitamins. As an added bonus, yogurt can be used as a substitute for sour cream in some of your favorite comfort foods. If you’re interested in learning more about this method, check out these instructions on how to swap greek yogurt in for anything from tacos to baked potatoes.
Nutritional, Efficient & Simplistic
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