My Favourite Healthy Comfort Foods
You’ve pledged to be healthy. You’ve pledged to stay away from processed foods. You’re no longer consuming refined sugar. You’re a wellness warrior on a mission to have the cleanest body possible … but gosh darn it, you’re fanging for something to eat to tide you over until the next meal. You need a snack – some kind of comfort food. The voice inside your head is pleading with you to betray your health pledge. “To hell with the clean body”, it’s saying. But you know better. You know that there is a better way. For you know, that being healthy has nothing to do with deprivation. Oh yes, welcome to the world of healthy comfort foods. Let me show you around.
Take some corn kernels, add them to a saucepan and cover them in coconut oil. Then, cook on high until all of the kernels have popped.
There is a trick to making the best popcorn ever: Shake the pot around as the kernels are cooking, and lift the pot off the heat slightly at times. This will prevent the kernels from burning and they will all end up popping.
You can even add Himalayan salt once popped, but I prefer them plain.
2. Ice Cream
Blend frozen fruit (I like mango and banana) with some coconut oil and shredded coconut. Boom. Tastes just like a Weiss bar.
3. Freezer Fudge
Combine 1 cup of almond butter with 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted/softened),1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey and about 2 tablespoons of cacao powder. Then pour into a shallow dish and freeze. So yum. Tastes kind of like a Golden Rough.
4. Almond butter. Straight off the spoon.
I used to do this with Nutella. I would sit in front of the telly and chip away at it with my spoon until I had eaten so much that guilt would seep in. Now, there is no guilt. Organic almond butter is a guilt-free indulgence.
5. Almond butter on apple slices.
This is such a yummy, easy snack. Just add a cup of tea and retreat outside to eat with a good book.
6. Frozen fruit.
Fruit is nature’s candy, people! And then when you freeze it … well, that’s just wild. I don’t get out much. Whenever I have a craving for something sweet and icy I will fill a bowl full of frozen fruit. Chop up some banana, mango, berries etc. and eat them frozen for little bites of sweetness.
Make a batch of these and keep them in your fridge to snack on through the week.
Combine 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup oatmeal, 2 tbs cacao powder, 3-4 dates, a pour of maple syrup, ½ cup walnuts, a handful goji berries, a sprinkle of bee pollen, and a pour of coconut oil. Blend ingredients, roll into balls and coat in coconut. Be creative with measurements.
8. Chia pudding.
Chia seeds are one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts. These humble-looking little seeds turn into a pudding when you combine them with a few simple ingredients. I love mixing mine with coconut water, almond butter, cacao, and berries. Or, with a nut milk if I want it creamier. Check out the recipe on this post.
What are your favourite healthy comfort foods? I would love for you to add to the list in the comments below!
Positive affirmation for the day: Choosing healthy food is the ultimate form of self love.
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