Lighten Up Comfort Foods in Menopause

Who doesn’t like to dig in to that favorite comfort food after a hard day at school or the office? Meat loaf with mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or pizza piping hot from the oven can make even the worst day seem better.

Unfortunately, these foods you love so much are also very high in calories and can derail all the hard work you’ve done to lose weight. But what if there was a way to have your comfort food and still stay on track? Here are 4 lighter versions of favorite comfort foods:


Meatloaf is right up there on my list of favorite comfort foods. The traditional way of preparing meatloaf with pork, veal, or ground beef is too high in sodium and fat. Instead why not use turkey? This turkey meatloaf calls for oats instead of crackers, and you can make a tasty topping from Worcestershire and ketchup.

Mashed Potatoes

My husband loves mashed potatoes with any cut of meat, but all that tasty butter is not doing his waistline any favors.  Chicken broth adds flavor without breaking the calorie bank.


Just the mention of pizza makes my mouth water. I like it simple with just pepperoni and maybe a little extra cheese. Thankfully, I also like vegetables and ordering pizza with a thinner crust and more veggies lets me satisfy my craving and I can feel good about it.

Macaroni and Cheese

Oh yes, that cheesy bowl of goodness hits the spot and you can lighten it up and it still tastes great. Use whole wheat bread crumbs, low-fat milk and cheese, and choose whole grain noodles to make it even healthier.


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