Healthy Post-Run Comfort Foods

After a long run on a cold winter day, I love sitting down to a big bowl of chili or mac 'n' cheese. I'm also a big fan of hearty and not-so-healthy soups, such as broccoli and cheese. The problem with many comfort foods, of course, is that many of them are high-fat and high-calorie.

But it is possible to get the same great taste and comforting feeling of your favorite comfort foods without the high fat and calories. Here are some healthy makeovers of some popular fall and winter feel-good foods. Just don't be tempted to serve yourself huge portion sizes because the foods are low-cal and low-fat.

Low-fat Mac 'n' Cheese

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese, especially after a long run in the cold. But if you make it with regular cheese, butter, and whole milk, you end up with a lot of fat and calories. Here's a low-fat mac 'n' cheese recipe that lowers the fat and calories but keeps the yummy flavor.

Turkey Chili

Ground turkey is a great alternative to beef because it’s leaner, especially if you choose the 99% fat-free kind. Top with a little low-fat shredded cheese or Greek yogurt for a tasty lunch or dinner.

Low-fat Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s pie is the ultimate comfort food and the combination of protein and carbs is perfect for your post-run recovery.  You can make this ahead of time and then pop it in the oven after your run.

Low-fat Broccoli Cheese Soup

This creamy low calorie broccoli cheese soup goes great with some whole wheat bread.

Low-fat Brownies

Trying to eat healthy doesn’t mean that you have to skip dessert. If you typically have a post-run craving for chocolate, try these delicious brownies.

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