Comfort Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Comfort Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight
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Comfort Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Think comfort food can't be healthy? You might be surprised to find these satisfying foods can help you lose weight—just remember to eat them in moderation!

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Collard greens

Like other dark, leafy vegetables, this Southern staple is rich in nutrients like fat-burning vitamin C and calcium and hunger-curbing fiber. One cup of cooked greens has only 70 calories!

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Try This: Quick Braised Collards with Pot Liquor

Long, slow cooking is what's usually associated with collard greens, but these cook in a mere fifteen minutes and are tender and sweet.

Get the recipe: Quick Braised Collards with Pot Liquor


This high-fiber breakfast keeps your blood sugar levels stable and you feeling full longer, warding away hunger cravings. Choose steel-cut oats, which digest more slowly than rolled oats or instant oatmeal, and fresh fruit over brown sugar for sweetness.

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Try This: Apple Pie Oatmeal

The flavors are so reminiscent of a warm apple pie, you’ll be shocked that you’re actually eating oatmeal. To make it healthier, swap rolled oats for steel-cut oats and skip the brown sugar.

Get the recipe: Apple Pie Oatmeal

Lentil Soup

Lentils are a “slow carb”, which keeps your blood sugar stable and prevents binge eating. In addition, half of cup of lentils contains eight grams of soluble fiber to keep you satiated long after you’ve eaten.

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Try This: Very Green Lentil Soup

Lentils seem to go with just about anything, and here they play well with a collection of greens and some cumin and coriander to add a gentle spicy note to this hearty winter soup.

Get the recipe: Very Green Lentil Soup


Potatoes can be part of a diet to lose weight depending on what type they are and how they are prepared, suggests a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Skip fries or mashed potatoes for whole, baked spuds left skin-on to stay full longer. Waxy varieties like new potatoes are digested more slowly. Wait to serve them cooled to increase the amount of indigestible starch in them.

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Try This: Dirty Potatoes

To make this super-simple dish, roast new potatoes until they're tender, and then toss them with a black-olive puree that coats them nicely—and looks a lot like dirt.

Get the recipe: Dirty Potatoes

Chicken soup

Broth-based chicken soup fills you up without extra calories or fats; when consumed at the start of a meal, soup can help you exercise portion control. You also get a boost of fiber and protein from the vegetables and chicken.

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Try This: Vegetable Lovers Chicken Soup

Classic comfort food is yours in just slightly more than half an hour. Serve with some crusty whole-grain bread and top with a little grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.

Get the recipe: Vegetable Lovers Chicken Soup


A recent study suggests that the antioxidant resveratrol, found in red wine, can protect against weight gain from a high-fat diet. Limit yourself one drink so that you don’t overload on calories – each glass is about 120 calories.

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Try This: Salmon with Shitake and Red Wine Sauce

Beef stock and red wine make a luxurious sauce for this salmon recipe. The fillets are served on a bed of wild rice with sauteed mushrooms.

Get the recipe: Salmon with Shitake and Red Wine Sauce


High-fiber tomatoes, high-protein beans and meat and calorie-melting capsaicin from the hot chili peppers, which boosts metabolism and suppresses appetite, make chili an effective weight-loss food. Just be careful about loading on calorie-laden toppings!

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Try This: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Packed with healthy sweet potato and protein-rich beans, this hearty chili will fill you up!

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Dark Chocolate

It’s okay to indulge in a bit of dark chocolate! A recent study found frequent chocolate eaters (who tend to consume more calories overall) have a lower body mass index than those who eat chocolate less regularly.

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Try This: Chocolate & Banana

Satisfy that chocolate craving with a drizzle of melted chocolate chips over banana slices for an easy treat.

Get the recipe: Chocolate & Banana


You wouldn't normally associate comfort food with healthy eating. Often, these calorie-dense meals, which can bring back memories of childhood, are high in carbohydrates and fat.

That's why you might be surprised to find that some of our favorite eats, when eaten in moderation, can be part of a healthy weight loss regimen. Whether they are high in fiber, have a lower glycemic index or possess gut-busting antioxidants and other health benefits, find out which foods are actually healthier than you think.

Check out the slideshow above to discover eight comfort foods that can help you lose weight.

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