Comfort food has been an integral part of our lives for centuries. It plays a vital role in helping us cope with our stress, loneliness, and depression. Comfort food can be anything from a warm bowl of soup to your favorite snack. Not only does it make us feel better, but it can also provide us with the necessary nutrients and energy that we need to keep going.
It is important to recognize the impact that comfort food has on our overall well-being. Eating comfort food can make us feel better emotionally, and even physically, by providing us with vitamins and minerals that we may not get from regular meals. Furthermore, eating comfort food can help improve our moods as well as reduce anxiety levels.
We are all aware that life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; occasionally, we experience a sense of overload as a result of having to deal with too much. Perhaps you’re stressed out from work burnout or a relationship issue. Maybe one of your cherished artistic endeavors has suffered a serious setback. A lot of us deal with this by curling up with a comforting blanket, watching a classic TV program, and indulging in some delicious food.
Nothing can improve your attitude and help you see the good side of things like comfort food can! In a discussion on r/Cooking, internet users shared the quick and simple comfort foods they enjoy cooking whenever they’re feeling down, and we’ve compiled their top suggestions. The next time we’re feeling low, we’ll definitely give a few of them a shot instead of reaching for that pint of ice cream.
#1 Tomato sandwich (tomato, mayonnaise, bread)
#2 Spaghetti aglio e olio (pasta, olive oil, garlic)
The thread’s creator, u/actuallyboa had spoken to Board Panda once about how they view food as both a kind of art and a source of great love. They also spoke with Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., the host of the “Baggage Check” mental health podcast and the best-selling author of “Detox Your Thoughts,” to learn more about why food is so reassuring to us and why eating in balance and with awareness is crucial. For both of our interviews, keep reading.
Food experiences are closely linked to memories, according to Dr. Bonior, host of the podcast “Baggage Check,” “not only because our senses are engaged, but also because they become traditions that are conditioned to make us feel a certain way because of the context of how we shared the food in the past.” Particularly, our sense of smell is tightly linked to our emotional memories.
#3 Scrambled eggs (eggs, cream or sour cream, butter)
Dr. Bonior also made a few suggestions on having a healthy relationship with comfort foods. It is important to try a smaller portion and pair it with something healthier, such as mac n cheese with whole wheat noodles or chocolate cake with less sugar. Additionally, slowing down and eating more mindfully can help us get more from the experience. Serving the comfort food in a “particularly pretty way” can make it more of a ritual that focuses on relaxation and taking a break from stress.
#4 Crispy smashed potatoes (potatoes, olive oil, thyme)
#5 Sparkling lemonade (lemon juice, sugar, sparkling water)
#6 Chocolate ganache (chocolate, cream)
#8 Grilled chees (White cheddar, sourdough, and Kerrygold salted butter)
#9 Baked potato with butter and shredded cheddar
#10 Smashed avocado with garlic powder, black pepper on a tortilla
#12 Ramen noodles w sesame oil and chopped scallion
#13 Fried cabbage with bacon and onions or leeks, or same with butter and parsley. With salt and pepper
#14 Boxed macaroni and cheese
#16 Tortilla filled with sharp cheddar and jalapenos, crisped up with oil in a frying pan. Or better known as a cheese and jalapeno quesadilla.
#17 Roasted vegetables in general (vegetable, olive oil, maybe a dry spice)
#18 Basic creamy tamari salad (mayonnaise, tamari, lettuce) By flouronmypjs
“obviously even better with more veg but I have it just like this a lot when I’m feeling lazy. The dressing is equal parts tamari and mayonnaise, whisked together and thinned with a bit of water to reach your ideal dressing consistency. Genuinely dreamy, I got the “recipe” from my favorite restaurant.”