Healthy Comfort Food

//Healthy Comfort Food

Healthy comfort food for the holidays.

That time of year has arrived. Holiday parties, cozy treats, and cravings for comfort food. How do you keep things healthy without giving up the flavors you and your kids love? I struggle with this same issue every year, so I’ve rounded up my favorite healthy comfort food swaps to help you satisfy your cravings without caving into unhealthy treats.

Craving chocolate?

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Instead of chocolate ice cream (or cake or cookies), try The Chocolate Rocket (a super yummy chocolate avocado pudding). Three minutes in the blender. Great for dessert or packed in a lunchbox. Half the calories of a piece of cake and loaded with healthy fats that keep you feeling full.

Chocolate cake: 390 calories
Chocolate Rocket: 128 calories, great source of Vitamins C & K plus healthy fats, keeps you feeling full

Craving pizza?

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A study in the journal Pediatrics says kids are eating too much pizza (surprise!) and calls on parents to offer healthier options. Try veggie pizza made with homemade whole wheat pizza crust. Want to go even healthier? Make the crust out of cauliflower or portobello mushrooms.

Fast-food pizza: 374 calories, 784 mg sodium
Kale & Bacon Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust: 198 calories, less than half the sodium of restaurant pizza

Craving salty snacks?

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Potato chips and crackers can be a parents’ worst nightmare in the snack department. Brussels Sprouts Chips are a delicious swap when you’re craving a crunchy, salty snack. These little wonders will have your kids begging for Brussels. Add Radicchio Chips and Crispy Kale Chips for a snack table bonanza.

Pringles Potato chips: 150 calories for 16 chips only, 150 mg sodium
Brussels Sprouts Chips: 72 calories, packed with Vitamin K

Craving soda?

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Sugar sweetened beverages, like soda and juice, are one of the main culprits in the obesity crisis. Swap sweet drinks for superfood smoothies! The Green Monster debunks the myth that spinach tastes bad. Blueberry Blast is packed with healthy antioxidants, and a refreshing boost of mint.

Craving fast food?

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Swap French fries and a burger for sweet potato fries and Mini Sliders. Made with quinoa, apples, and onions, these bite-size burgers are great for boosting plants on your plate.

Pin It! Healthy Comfort Foods

Pin these ideas for healthy comfort foods to get you through the holidays. For more recipe inspiration, check out my Healthy Snacks board on Pinterest.

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By | 2018-01-30T03:24:37+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Snacks|2 Comments

About the Author:

Heralded by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution as “A mom and genius game creator helping kids eat fresh food!”, Jennifer Tyler Lee is an award-winning cookbook author, game creator, and healthy eating advocate. Jennifer has garnered national TV, radio, and print coverage for her family cookbook, The 52 New Foods Challenge, and her nutrition game, Crunch a Color®: The Healthy Eating Game. Jennifer’s work has been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Laurie David, Rachael Ray, US Weekly, The 700 Club, and—among many others. Her fresh approach to cooking together as a family inspired a nationwide series of kids cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, The 52 New Foods Junior Chef Series, along with an exclusive edition of her book. A former strategy consultant, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.


  1. Dawn November 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Love these ideas Jennifer. I’ve got my eye on trying the Brussel sprouts recipe – looks great and I’m hoping my kids will be converts! x

  2. Jennifer Tyler Lee November 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, Dawn! Be sure to let me know how it goes. That Brussels sprouts recipe is one of my favorites.

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