Diet-Friendly Comfort Foods

So often we use food to comfort ourselves in response to emotions. But unfortunately, many favorites are loaded with calories, fat and sugar. Here's a list of common comfort foods with lower-calorie swaps.  

Pizza
Lose: two New York slices of Pizza (1,300 calories, 50 grams fat) 
Choose: Lean Cuisine brick oven style pizza (320 calories, 9 grams fat)
Or make your own pita pizza with vegetables (250 calories, 6 grams fat).  

Ice Cream
Lose: one pint Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip ice cream (1,040 calories, 64 grams fat) 
Choose: one cup Turkey Hill Low-Fat Moose Tracks ice cream (280 calories, 10 grams fat)

Chips
Lose: potato chips (one ounce = 160 calories, 11 grams fat) 
Choose: soy crisps (once ounce = 110 calories, 3 grams fat - plus protein and fiber, bonus!)   

Bread
Lose: two slices white bread with butter (260 calories, 10 grams fat) 
Choose: Thomas' light English muffin with 2 tsp peanut butter (160 calories, 6 grams fat and 8 grams fiber)

Taco Bell
Lose: Nachos Bellgrande (770 calories, 44 grams fat) 
Choose: Fresco Burrito Supreme with chicken (330 calories, 8 grams fat) 

Burgers
Lose: bacon cheeseburger (1100 calories, 80 grams fat) 
Choose: turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup on half the Bun (334 calories, 13 grams fat)  

Fries
Lose: large French fries (600 calories, 33 grams fat) 
Choose: baked sweet potato fries (220 calories, 0 grams fat) 

Chicken Wings
Lose: fried chicken wings with bleu cheese dressing (720 calories, 59 grams fat) 
Choose: baked chicken tenderloins with hot sauce and low-cal bleu cheese dressing (120 calories, 1.5 grams fat) 

Pasta
Lose: traditional macaroni and cheese (2 cups = 880 calories, 40 grams fat)  
Choose: whole wheat elbow macaroni tossed with ½ cup tomato sauce and 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese (2 cups = 420 calories, 5 grams fat)  

Cookies
Lose: two raw chocolate chip cookie dough squares (200 calories, 10 grams fat) 
Choose: two South Beach Diet Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (100 calories, 5 grams fat)  

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