HOW TO COMFORT EAT LIKE A PRO

If you’re anything like me you’ve been indulging a little more than usual… That’s totally normal, we’re all coping however we need to. Whether that’s doing 4 home workouts a day or stuffing your face with cosy comfort food in front of Netflix. (I am the definitely the latter) 

On that note, I know there’s many of you who will have been eating less as they’re doing less. However, GOOD NEWS ALERT it is also essential that we are making sure we are eating enough! Getting less than 1200 calories a day can starve your body of vital nutrients, which can weaken your immune system. Amongst other things, levels of the hormone leptin can be impacted by calorie restriction. Known as the Satiety Hormone, Leptin also plays a key role in the immune system – yes, I have just given you the excuse you wanted.

With such a great excuse, lets get to eating – I’ve pulled together some of my absolute favourite comfort foods that help calm my soul while filling me with powerful plants. Happy & healthy – win, win.

Plant powered pancakes: 

We all love pancakes, they look delicious, taste delicious, smell delicious – they’re just all around good vibes. Especially when you add some nutrition in there. We’ve all seen protein pancakes that gym “lads” swear by to get them gainz, so why not try our version?

Why?

Bananas are an amazing source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, so you can feel happy knowing that you’re fueling your body with the necessary nutrients while eating super yummy and quick food. 

Little nutrition fact for you: 80% of serotonin is made in your gut so we gotta make sure our guts are happy.

Why?

Bananas are an amazing source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, so you can feel happy knowing that you’re fueling your body with the necessary nutrients while eating super yummy and quick food. 

Little nutrition fact for you: 80% of serotonin is made in your gut so we gotta make sure our guts are happy.

Ingredients:    

  • 2 bananas (the browner and spottier the better)
  • 1 ½ tsp melted coconut oil 
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 250ml plain unsweetened almond or oat milk 
  • 190g white spelt flour, or gluten free if avoiding gluten 
  • 30g ground almonds 
  • Vanilla essence 
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional to add more fibre)
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Mash banana in a mixing bowl. 
  2. Add banana to blender with coconut oil & salt. Blend. 
  3. Add the flour and ground almonds and blend until it’s smooth and pourable. If it’s too thin add more. 
  4. Pour in the non dairy milk blend (a little bit at a time) 
  5. Heat frying pan or skillet with coconut oil 
  6. Spoon mixture into little blobs. Wait until you can see bubbles then flip

One pot cheesy pasta: 

There’s something about cheesy pasta which is just irresistible when we need a little pick me up. Here’s a healthier and quicker alternative to macaroni and cheese, the ultimate comfort food champion, sorry not sorry!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 serving of pasta (choose brown pasta or even courgettie to feel like a health guru) 
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast 
  •  2 tbsp vegan yoghurt 
  • Big handful of spinach
  • Juice half a lemon
  • A few florets of Broccoli
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Why?

Let’s talk about fibre: fibre is essential in keeping your gut happy and full because it fuels our gut bacteria. Now fibre is found in dark leafy cruciferous greens so adding some of these to our recipe means we’re looking after our guts a little better – your gut actually sends more messages to your brain than your brain does to it, so who’s really in control?

Method: 

1. Cook your pasta as per the instructions on the packet.

2. Once your pasta has cooked, drain and stir in the broccoli and spinach to let the spinach wilt and broccoli to steam.

3. Add the oil, yoghurt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and season well with Sea salt and black pepper.

Remember this is super adaptable so you can throw in some meat if you want or change the veggies up a bit!

Why?

Let’s talk about fiber: fiber is essential in keeping your gut happy and full because it fuels our gut bacteria. Now fiber is found in dark leafy cruciferous greens so adding some of these to our recipe means we’re looking after our guts a little better – your gut actually sends more messages to your brain than your brain does to it, so who’s really in control?

Method: 

1. Cook your pasta as per the instructions on the packet.

2.Once your pasta has cooked, drain and stir in the broccoli and spinach to let the spinach wilt and broccoli to steam.

3. Add the oil, yoghurt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and season well with Sea salt and black pepper.

Remember this is super adaptable so you can throw in some meat if you want or change the veggies up a bit!

Nicecream: 

We’ve all done it, sat there watching chickflix feeling sorry for ourselves and polishing off a tub of Ben & Jerrys, then hating yourself for the foreseeable future for eating it all. While this is totally fine –  I know that the toll on my mental health for the next few days is pretty drastic for a night of happiness.

Why?

Nicecream is super easy to make, delicious and by throwing in a sachet of our plantshakes you’re getting at least 2 of your five a day into your body! You can devour this and know that your gut will thank you for it. Eating more plants is linked to improved energy levels. 

Did you know in order to reap the full benefits of fruit and veg you need to eat/ drink a range of different fruits and vegetables?

Ingredients: 

1 frozen banana 

2 cups of frozen berries (whatever ones you fancy) 

2 scoops or 1 sachet of your choice of plantshake by FOGA (blueberry & sour cherry works perfectly and adds an anti-oxidant boost)  

Method: 

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until creamy and smooth.

Top tips: Add a splash of plantbased milk if your blender is struggling blending OR get your frozen bananas out to defrost a little about 5 minutes before you’re ready to blend.

Pad Thai

I mean do I need to say anymore…what’s not to love about Thai food? Now this one has a few more steps to it but it is so worth it. 

Thai food brings me happy memories and that’s why this is one of my fav comfort food recipes! The taste and smell literally transports you to happy times and that’s pretty powerful.

Why?

If that’s not convincing enough here’s why you can feel good about eating this Pad Thai – there’s a whole range of different veggies in there which means a lot of colour. In nutrition typically more vibrant colourings means that there are higher levels of polyphenols which helps to fight free – radicals known to cause cancer.

Ingredients: 

  • 200g Flat Rice Noodles 
  • Tofu (optional) 
  • 1 Fennel Bulb 
  • 2 carrots, peeled 
  • Handful of green beans (cut diagonally) 
  • 1/2 broccoli 
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped 
  • Juice of 1 Lime plus the zest and another for serving 
  • 1 red chilli (de-seeded) 
  • 3 Tspn Tamarind Paste 
  • 3 Tbsp tamari/soy sauce 
  • 2 Tbsp Miso paste 
  • Peanut butter (optional if nut allergies)

Method:

1. Prep everything: Finely slice the fennel, carrot into ribbons with peeler, beans, broccoli and garlic.

2. Fill your saucepan with water and bring to the boil.

3. Add the tamarind paste, the juice of your lime, the tamari, miso paste and peanut butter (if using) to a small saucepan/frying pan and warm gently until it melts together.

4. Put a little oil into the wok on a high heat, add the ingredients in the follwing order, leaving a couple of minutes between each: fennel, tofu, broccoli, carrot beans, garlic to wilt.

5. Put your noodles into the boiling water for a minute then drain and add to the wok and mix well 

6. Heap generously on a plate and finish with a slice of lime and the grated zest of a lime.

 

So there’s 4 easy delicious and nutritious comfort food recipes, let us know if you want more easy healthy comfort food recipes or if you’ve got any to share with us!

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