Comfort foods are great anytime of year, but for some reason, they taste even better in the winter. But if you’re trying to eat better, that doesn’t mean that you have to necessarily give up your favorite foods or spend more money. Check out these 5 yummy and healthy substitution ideas:

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed cauliflower from Money Crashers:

To prepare, simply chop and steam a head of cauliflower with four to five cloves of thinly sliced garlic. Place the steamed cauliflower, a couple tablespoons olive oil, and a teaspoon of salt and pepper in a food processor, and process until smooth. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, and garlic before serving hot or refrigerating for later.


Instead of wrapping things up for taco night in tortillas, try using lettuce instead. Just use the tops of Romaine lettuce to make a flexible base for a sandwich, taco or other wrap. Check out these five-spice turkey & lettuce wraps for inspiration.


Kale chips are all the rage now, and they’re really tasty! They’re thin, but they’re crispy like potato chips, so they should satisfy your cravings when you just need something to crunch on. They’re really simple to make but here’s a great guide for you.

Rice Noodles or Spaghetti

Instead of your traditional noodles, try using veggies instead. Take it from Shape:

All you need is a julienne peeler and the vegetables of your choice. Yellow squash and zucchini are a nice blank canvas for whatever sauce you are using but slightly heartier green papaya mimics noodles even better. The white flesh looks like pasta and the texture really replicates the flexibility of cooked noodles.

French Fries

When you get the craving for fries – instead of going through the drive thru, just grab a couple of sweet potatoes. You can get a lot more nutritional value from oven baked sweet potato fries without sacrificing quality of taste.