5 Healthy-er Comfort Food Recipes

5 Healthy-er Comfort Food Recipes

I know you have your favorite comfort foods, why not make them better for you?

I know everyone has their favorite comfort foods. Any food can be made a comfort food; pizza, tacos, fries. Comfort foods are the foods you go to for, well, comfort. They make you happy. Make you feel good inside. Mine is carbs. Any kind of carbs. Pasta, pizza, bread… ANY carbs.

I've always wanted to find comfort foods that weren't that bad for you. Pizza that wasn't full of calories, pasta that wasn't full of carbs. Any of my favorite comfort foods that wouldn't break the belt. This is when I stumbled upon some recipes on Pinterest, some of which I'd like to share…

1. Greek Yogurt Mac 'N' Cheese

For my pasta and cheese loving friends, have I got a recipe for you. With just pasta, cheese, greek yogurt, spinach, and some seasonings, this is a GREAT healthier comfort food recipe. Add some extra veggies to give it a little more pizazz.

You can find the full recipe here.

2. Cauliflower Pizza

Okay, now I know this one doesn't seem that great seeing as it has the word “cauliflower" in it, but I promise, its good. They're simple, and lower in calories and carbs than regular crust. I've made cauliflower crust pizza before and while I haven't made this specific recipe, it is VERY similar to ones I have used that are really, really good.

You can find the full recipe here.

3. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

A grilled cheese is the ULTIMATE comfort food. I love me a good, cheesy, gooey grilled cheese just as much as the next person. This recipe is gold, spinach and artichoke dip on bread? I'll take two, please. And the recipe is as easy as it sounds, too.

You can find the full recipe here.

4. Chocolate Cake

If you're anything like me, you love a good cake here and there. This cake is made with bananas, greek yogurt, peanut butter, and some other good ingredients that when mixed together for a delicious, chocolatey blend of goodness. You can also make a version of this in mug, all you need is a banana, an egg, and some cocoa powder.

You can find the full recipe here.

5. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love cookies. They're small, portable, and delicious. My mom has always made the best chocolate chip cookies around and I swear I could eat fifteen in one sitting. Although fantastic, I've always wanted ones that were a little bit better for you. I starting fooling around with some different recipes and I came across this one. I love peanut butter and I love chocolate. Why not mix them?

You can find the recipe here.

Cover Image Credit: Olia Gozha

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School is in full swing. And when I say full swing I mean the library is already running out of seating. College students are starting to get used to the fact that there is no parking and moving on to the truth that there just aren't enough hours in the day to study, eat, sleep, go to class, and study some more. We start to lose ourselves in the midst of tests and quizzes and truly forget how to function.

Here is how to keep your mental stability and still be successful.

1. Stop pulling all-nighters. 

Contrary to popular belief, these help you more than they hurt you. You actually remember things better if you are fully rested, so shoot for at least 6 hours before your big test and I bet you'll do better.

2. Take breaks. 

Give yourself enough study time to be able to take breaks. Yes, I know we all cram the night before or even wait until the day of but give yourself time to process and rehearse what you're learning or else you won't remember.

3. Try harder on your first tests than you do any of the others.

Everyone does pretty terrible on their first tests so be sure to study more for that one so you go in confident, but also have the opportunity to slack off a little.

4. Do all of the extra credit you can. 

If your teacher gives you extra credit opportunities, do all of it. Even if the class seems easy, even if you get a drop grade, always do the extra credit.

5. Always keep a snack (or two or 100) with you. 

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