The five-day comfort food diet
Comfort food and weight loss do not generally go hand in hand but mix and match meals and two snacks a day from these choices and your well on your way to losing weight.
- Omelette with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and parsley made with two eggs, 35g feta, a quarter of sliced red onion and chopped parsley.
- Porridge made with half water and half milk, topped with a tbsp of crushed nuts and drizzle of honey. As an alternative, chop a banana in half and add a dollop of natural yoghurt.
- Apple, strawberry and vanilla pancakes made with 40ml milk, 30ml yoghurt, one egg, half a chopped apple a handful of strawberries, 40g wholemeal flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp vanilla extract and a drizzle of honey.
- Fruit smoothie made with fruit, natural yoghurt and sweetened with agave syrup.
- Sugar-free muesli with skimmed or semi-skimmed organic milk.
- Lentil or non-creamy soup (either homemade or supermarket ‘fresh’ soup) with oatcakes or rice cakes followed by a punnet of berries and yoghurt.
- Bake sweet potato served with avocado and walnut salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.
- Broccoli and goat’s cheese soup made with 40g goat’s cheese, onion, garlic, leek, spinach, broccoli, veg stock and low-fat crème fraîche
- Pre-made shop-bought salad – add extra green leaves on the side. A large mug of soup helps to fill out a smaller lunch.
- Baked potato with protein-based filling such as beans, tuna or chicken.
- Hearty fish stew made with 120g cod, hake or haddock, garlic, onion, celery, parsley, vegetable stock, tinned tomatoes, lemon zest, a pinch of chilli and a splash of white wine.
- Mustard chicken and winter veg hot put made with chicken breast, onion, celery, bay leaves, fresh parsley, thyme, wholegrain mustard, chicken stock, turnip, low-fat crème fraîche and a tsp of corn flour to thicken.
- Bean casserole. Fry a selection of typical casserole veggies like onion, carrots and parsnip in a little extra virgin oil with some garlic. When browned, add vegetable stock, black pepper and your favorite beans. Bring to the boil and simmer until ready.
- Sweet and sour stir fry. Stir fry veggies like onions, peppers, baby sweetcorn and mushrooms. Add canned pineapple (in fruit juice), canned tomatoes, tomato purée, white wine vinegar and honey. Bring to the boil and simmer until ready. Serve with rice noodles.
- Baked salmon with a small cup of cooked brown rice and a selection of steamed vegetables.
- Savory – a handful of unsalted nuts or seeds, plain self-popped popcorn or ‘skinny’ popcorn, crudités plus a tablespoon of houmous, tzatziki, guacamole etc,
- Sweet – small natural licorice bar, two squares of dark chocolate, natural plain yogurt mixed with honey or agave. Add in berries for extra nutrition, fresh fruit, and two oatcakes.
Are you a lover of comfort food?