How To Make Any Healthy Food Into Comfort Food

When we say comfort food, what we often have in mind are lakes of cream, oozy elastic cheese, and as many carbs as possible in one huge plate. But for the health conscious, our definition of comfort food is something different. Comfort food should be something that we are excited to prepare and cook and be able to eat and share with our friends and family. It should be something that brings a happy, nourishing and delicious experience!

How To Make Any Healthy Food Into Comfort Food

A lot of people who are new to a plant-based diet may think that the food is always plain and unappetizing. Honestly, that’s not the case. You can go as creative and colorful as you want! All you have to do is follow these steps in order to make sure that everything that you prepare will always be healthy and can also be considered as a comfort food.

Be Excited

Shop for ingredients that look enticing. Plant-based food isn’t just green, people! Look for colorful, fragrant and seasonal produce. Try new things often! I highly recommend skipping the supermarket sometimes and go to a local food market instead, where you can smell and feel the products. This adds to the experience of being excited about what you’re going to prepare and cook for the day. You can even chat with the vendor about the sourcing of the produce. Educate yourself with better alternatives and strive for an ethical and sustainable way to eat. Be excited about your purchases and plan ways on how to make the most out of it in every meal.

How To Make Any Healthy Food Into Comfort Food

Have Fun

Enjoy being in the kitchen! Pour yourself a glass of wine or brew a cup of your favorite tea while you prepare your meals. Be mindful of following the recipe while creating a delicious meal, whether you are cooking for yourself, friends or family. However, don’t forget to be spontaneous and adapt the recipe to your own preferences. If you think adding a little extra pepper or chili will do the trick in pleasing your taste buds, do it! If you also think that switching one fresh ingredient to another is better, do it! Always remember that cooking is all about preparing what’s right for you and eating what you really love. Not only that, but it’s all about having fun and being creative. Don’t take things too seriously!

Use What’s Familiar

Put your food into your favorite plate, a plate that you usually use for special occasions or an old bow that reminds you of dinner at grandma’s house. Eating from that plate will make your meal feel special and comforting. Don’t forget to eat somewhere you feel happy too! Maybe, you like eating curled up on the sofa, or under the tree in a park. Whatever makes you feel cozy and comfortable, do it!

How To Make Any Healthy Food Into Comfort Food

Celebration Even In Solitary

Whether we choose to eat alone, or because of irregular work shifts that cause us to eat alone– enjoy the moment. Use this opportunity to experiment on a new recipe or get creative with ingredients. Even if you mess up a little, nobody needs to know! Cooking for yourself is actually very rewarding, from the process that you did all the way through eating the meal. Relax, enjoy the food and savor every bite!

Celebrate Together

Even if there’s nothing to celebrate or there’s no occasion, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy cooking for friends and family. Turn each meal into a catch-up, a celebration, or simply just for conversation. It feels amazing to cook for family and friends because it’s fun to see them enjoy the food that you prepared from scratch. Don’t forget to set up the table too. Add fresh flowers and plenty of serving spoons so everyone can try new dishes. Most of our memories are the happiest with family and friends all gathered to enjoy a meal. Associate positive memories with food and develop a holistic attitude towards it in order to have a sense of comfort with each and every meal.

How To Make Any Healthy Food Into Comfort Food

Change the way you see comfort food and it can be any healthy food that you can enjoy eating without the guilty feeling. Sometimes, I even have a celebratory meal that I always cook in order to celebrate even the smallest achievements. When I’m feeling a little down, I treat myself to a hearty meal that can lift up my mood almost instantly. I also treat cooking as a way to ease any stress or bad feelings that may have accumulated because of a busy week. That way, I can see healthy food as a means of living a happier life and not just a healthy one. Always remember that being healthy is holistic.

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25 Comments

  • The local food market is so much better than the supermarket. I get fresher finds and more variety in the local food market almost every day. I know, most of you don’t have time for that, but I really think it’s worth the trip just in case you get the time to do it.

    • Julie Haggerty says:

      I think it’s worth it too. The supermarket only has very basic things like carrots, lettuce and the usual tomatoes, etc. But if you really want to find something new that’s in season, you should really go to the local food market.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      The local food market is my favorite place to shop whenever I have enough time. I never go back empty handed!

  • Nellie Mills says:

    Yeah, comfort food isn’t the healthy version for me. When you say comfort food, I’d say ice cream and double-decker hamburgers. I do agree that if we are really aiming to be healthy, you have to change your perspective in what you’re eating.

  • Opal Greene says:

    When I started to live a vegan lifestyle, I’ve actually gotten more creative with food preparation. There are a lot of things that you can explore with plant-based food and it’s really exciting. One spice after another can change the entire flavor and that’s the best part about cooking.

  • Elsa Morales says:

    Cooking is very therapeutic for me. That’s why I make sure that I cookmy own meals on weekends.😉

  • I’m new with switching to plant-based food and I don’t think it’s boring at all. You just have to find the right “mix” so you don’t end up eating bland tasting meals. I learned to stock up on spices and herbs in order to enhance everything I eat. So far, I don’t think it’s boring!

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      It’s only boring if you make it boring! Always try new recipes, there are tons here on our page. Feel free to try them all out.

  • I have a coffee table near my window but it serves as my dinner table as well. I have a separate dinner table but I just prefer sitting cozily near the window with the view of the busy streets down below. In the morning, I enjoy drinking my tea there too. I think it’s not the food that makes me feel cozy, but the ambience around me so I really take note of that.

  • I live alone so I usually cook for myself. My friends come over sometimes and I really love cooking for them. I’d like to think that they also love my cooking (since they do go back and ask me to cook for them). It is very fulfilling.😄

  • Guys, if you want to change the way you see comfort food, figure out how to deal with your stress eating. We all know how stress eating is the reason why we seek eating comfort food.😩

    • Right, stress eating is a lot like looking for comfort food. Maybe that’s why comfort food isn’t always healthy!

  • Julie Shaw says:

    There’s nothing wrong with eating alone. I actually like it better because I can take the time to eat slowly and really enjoy what I’m eating with every bite.

  • Laura Mendoza says:

    Changing the way we all think of comfort food is probably the best way to really eat healthier. Stop giving in to cravings and just enjoy what you’re eating.

  • Tasha Daniel says:

    We shouldn’t even be picky with what we eat. Others don[t even have the luxury to eat anything at all.

  • Erica Beck says:

    Food tastes amazing when you know you worked hard to cook it. Even if it’s just for me or something for my family and friends, it feels nice to finish cooking any type of meal.😀

  • Nothing beats home cooked meals. I prefer it more than anything else. Anything that’s home cooked is comforting for me.

  • CHRISTINA VILLARREAL says:

    Comfort food is my go-to during the weekends. I’m aware that it’s not good for my health and it makes me feel worse after eating it. I would rather eat something healthy!

  • My definition of comfort food used to be CHEESE, loads of CHEESE. But I’m a vegan now and it’s been years since I last ate cheese. I appreciate healthier alternatives now.😙

    • Louise Mathis says:

      Cheese has always been the best comfort food before all the news about sustainable food sources.🙁

  • Alice Wood says:

    The local food market is really great if you want to find seasonal vegetables and fruits. Not all supermarkets have them because supermarkets only sell common food that secures sales.

  • Laurie Stephens says:

    No matter how tempted I am to eat something unhealthy, I always tell myself that I have to control the urge no matter what. An entire year of eating healthy can be ruined by just a day of eating unhealthy!

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      I admire your discipline, Laurie! You’re doing a great job.

  • Della Blake says:

    You really have to celebrate even if there’s nothing to celebrate sometimes. It’s a form of reward for yourself which is actually very comforting.

    • Juana Fox says:

      I agree with this reward system. Eat something special on days that you feel down and you need “comfort food”.

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