Resolution-Friendly Winter Comfort Foods

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By Recipe Team on January 7, 2021

It's that time of year when we're all extra motivated to meet our freshly made New Year's resolutions. 

But it's also that time of year when the cold, dreary weather calls for especially satisfying comfort foods. 

Thankfully, we were able to find these healthy winter comfort food ideas in the Carilion Living recipe files. Each one is equally health-concious and comforting.  

And don't forget this advice from Troy Mueller, registered dietitian with Carilion Clinic: Stay active! 

"Add an extra ten minutes to your exercise routine if you've indulged in a few extra treats or a large meal," says Troy. 

That could be as simple as a ten-minute walk around the block. Learn more about keeping active for health and fun in cold weather.  

Click or tap through to see the full recipes!

Chai Hot Chocolate 

It's not winter without hot chocolate. This one skips all the extra sugar you'll find in storebought hot chocolate mix—but offers an extra depth of flavor thanks to the adddition of chai spices.

A cup of chai hot chocolate with cinnamon sticks.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

This lower fat, vegetarian take on lasagna is just as crowd-pleasing (and may very well replace) your go-to Bolognese-style bake. 

A slice of homemade vegetarian lasagna sits on a wooden cutting board.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Tetrazzini

Sometimes the weather just calls for a casserole, and this one is loaded with vitamins and minerals thanks to the broccoli. Opt for whole-wheat pasta to make it even healthier. 

Porcelain casserole dish, filled with broccoli chicken pasta casserole, on a rustic table setting.

Chicken Chili

Healthy and hearty, we can't think of a more classic winter comfort food than chili.   

Two bowls of chicken chili on a rustic wooden table.

Chocolate Banana Strudel

Room for dessert? While you might not guess it from the decadent flavor,  a serving of this strudel packs just 182 calories—less than a slice of many pies or cakes.

Slice of puff pastry filled with chocolate and banana, set with a fork on a vintage plate.


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