Foodie Friday: Turn Comfort Foods Into Superfoods

Wintry days with their chilly weather and long nights pair nicely with comfort foods. Here are some ideas for new takes on familiar comfort foods to include some so-called superfoods – foods which pack more nutritional punch into a meal.

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A spicy bowl of chili
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Boost nutrition by cutting back on the meat and adding more beans, especially dark-colored ones like red kidney or black beans. Plus, you can boost antioxidants by adding more spices, like chili powder, red pepper and garlic.

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Guacamole and chips
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Slice avocado onto salads and sandwiches, and skip the chips. Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fat, which provides nutrients your body needs. Or if you're devoted to your guacamole, use baked tortilla chips, whole wheat crackers or veggie sticks for dipping.

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Apple pie
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Bake the apples instead, and leave the skin on. Core, sprinkle on cinnamon or pumpkin pie spices and cover the baking dish.

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Mac & cheese
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Skip the boxed version and make your own with fat-free milk and low-fat cheddar. Leave out some of the pasta and add in some blanched cauliflower or broccoli flowerets for more veggies. You can also swap out the butter for yogurt or cottage cheese.

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Fried chicken
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Bake the chicken instead of frying it. You can still use your favorite coating. Add some chili powder or other spices to boost the nutrition, or better yet, roast some vegetables alongside the chicken for a complete meal.

Looking for some new ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks? Or for recipes your kids will love? Or for more great ideas to boost your health through nutrition? For all these and more, browse our Gwinnett Medical Center boards on Pinterest

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