It’s usually the unhealthiest foods – the pizzas, cheeseburgers, and chocolate bars of the world – that have the biggest hold on our hearts (and by hearts, we mean taste buds). And if ever there was a time that we wanted to turn to our favorite comfort foods for a little indulgence, it’s on those lazy days that we choose to stay bundled up indoors with a good movie or a good book and our favorite (albeit not-too-healthy) meals.
But instead of getting struck by guilt every time you give into a craving for one of your not-so-good-for-you comfort foods, find ways to make those favorites part of your healthy lifestyle. On the one hand, that might mean indulging every once in awhile without sacrificing an overall clean diet (the occasional splurge is hardly something to stress over). But on the other (more DIY-inclined) hand it might mean cooking up healthier alternatives to your usual unhealthy weaknesses. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite go-to recipes that will make a nutritious dinner feel (and more importantly, taste) like a cheat meal.
This may look just like any other pizza pie, but don’t be fooled. The mozzarella cheese and sauce has been slathered onto a cauliflower and herb pizza crust, making it infinitely healthier than your usually delivery
Get the recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef.
These fudgy doughnuts look too good to be grain-, gluten-, dairy-, nut-, oil-, and egg-free but guess what? They are, and they are just as amazing as (if not more amazing than) your favorite chocolate glazed doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts.
Get the recipe from 24 Carrot Kitchen.
Ready to feel like a kid in a candy shop, or at least like a kid after a successful Halloween haul? This healthy take on the candy favorite is exactly what you need to take you and your tastebuds back to childhood, and the best part is that they really taste like they just came out of the orange wrapper.
Get the recipe from Simple Green Moms.
Mac and Cheese
Don’t want all the fat and calories from real mac and cheese, but dreaming about a bowl of extra cheesy elbow pasta? No problem. This recipe is less than 250 calories, and tastes fantastic enough to satisfy even the biggest craving.
Get the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.
For all you cheese lovers out there, you’re welcome in advance. This recipe is going to be practically a miracle for anyone who loves a good, spicy cheese dip. A quarter cup of this masterpiece is only 53 calories, and only a few grams of fat.
Get the recipe from With Salt & Wit.
Zoodles, meet alfredo. Just looking at this recipe is enough to make you (or at least us) drool, so you can imagine that whipping it up in your own kitchen will be the perfect healthy fix for spaghetti night.
Get the recipe from The Dinner Mom.
Even when it’s packed with veggies, the rice in sushi can make the dish super heavy and not-so-healthy. Give the favorite a nutritious upgrade by nixing the rice and focusing on flavorful fruits and vegetables.
Get the recipe from Well Fed.