Comfort foods -- can they be healthy?
The comfort foods of childhood reflect cultural or geographical features and satisfy taste and emotional needs. Giving them up is difficult.
One of my favorites was home made macaroni laden with thick cheese sauce made from whole milk, flour and cheddar cheese. My dad and I topped ours with molasses. One of the best foods ever.
About fifteen years ago I was diagnosed as celiac. Gluten from wheat, rye and barley was now off my menu. Later, dairy had to be struck down. There went many go-to "foods of comfort."
Back then only rice products that fell short of "comfort quality" were available for substitutes. Today things are better in the market. Gluten Free has become almost fashionable. Not all GF foods are any better for us than wheat products. Donuts are donuts. Cookies are cookies. Sugar and fat in both types render them tasty but not so healthy.
YES - There are healthy comfort foods. Here are two.Thanks to the internet and inventive folk, ice cream and pudding - long left off my menu -- are back on.
David Wolfe's chocolate, avocado mousse is easy to make and tastes like the real thing.
My "ice cream" isn't really cream but it is tasty (and healthy.) Think DQ Soft Ice Cream texture.
-Put the frozen banana in your blender, bullet or Ninja
-Add a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring and 2 tablespoons of almond milk and blend.
-It does not really taste like banana once it's frozen, so the illusion of ice cream is there.
This is excellent as is or on top of cake or pie or served in a bowel all by itself.
WHAT IS YOUR HEALTHY COMFORT FOOD?Let us know and with your permission I'll share them here in coming posts.(Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: Comfort food and tell me if you want your name included or not.)
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