As the temperature drops, many of us will seek comfort in our kitchens, preparing hearty dishes, warm drinks, and seasonal desserts. Unfortunately, many of the foods that we find to be the most comforting are also the unhealthiest. Creamy sauces, rich fillings, and heavy foods can wreak havoc on any diet. Tasty as they may be, these 7 fall comfort foods can cause a lot of discomfort when it comes to your waistline.
When fall rolls around, many of us warm up by indulging in a hearty side of stuffing, but this popular dish is packed with calories and fat. “Stuffing made with butter and sausage topped with gravy can be close to 300 calories per serving,” Marjorie Nolan Cohn, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told Self. And if you’ve got gravy anywhere near that stuffing, you’re consuming even more calories, fat, and sodium.
You don’t need to swear off stuffing, though! There are ways to make it healthier, allowing you to dig in without feeling guilty. Self suggests making a more nutritious version by foregoing the meat, using a fat-free broth for a base, and filling it with tons of vegetables, such as celery, carrots, and squash. For a sweeter stuffing, you could also get creative and put some fruit in it, too.