Seeking Comfort Foods During Season of Excess

by Sarah Henry on December 28, 2009 · 0 comments

in comfort food,food flotsam & jetsam

Had too many fancy-pants dinners lately? Sick of rich desserts? Over overindulging on the eating and drinking front at holiday parties?

If I’m in Australia this time of year I start to O.D. on nibbles like taramosalata dip, champers, and triple-cream Brie. In California, it’s enough with the holiday cookies already.

So, quick question: During this season of excess consumption, what foods do you seek out to bring back balance in your diet?

For me, it’s porridge or granola, fruit, & yogurt for breakfast. Manchego cheese, rice crackers, & fuji apple for lunch. A big green salad or roasted root veggies for dinner.

What foods help you stay on track during the holidays? Do tell.

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Cheryl@5secondrule December 28, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Honestly? I’ve been eating like a hog for the past 6 days and can’t wait to get back to my new favorite comfort food obsession: red quinoa I bought from Rancho Gordo. I cook up a big batch & keep it in the fridge. Then I use Heidi Swanson’s recipe on 101 Cookbooks as a guide and warm up a bowl of the stuff in the a.m. with milk, cinnamon, pecans and brown sugar. Fills me right up… comforting and healthy.

I have one more day of eating like a madwoman, then I swear, it’s back to the quinoa. Seriously, I swear.


Sarah Henry December 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Love the sound of that red quinoa recipe for brekkie, Cheryl. Maybe now the chocolate-covered ginger cookies are all gone…


MP December 30, 2009 at 1:12 pm

For me it’s fresh fruit. This time of year I love citrus, especially blood oranges.


Sarah Henry December 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Yes, MP, blood oranges are a great, good-for-you winter treat.


Dianne Jacob December 31, 2009 at 8:18 am

Oh man, I’m with Cheryl. Typically I try to eat a plant-based diet, but this time of year, all hell’s breaking loose. Last night, for example, with out-of-town guests, licorice (which Cheryl hates) allsorts and chocolate during a movie, capped off by a glass of St. Germain liqueur.

I’m trying to add in lots of fruit and salad to balance it out. Not winning the war, and must be seen in a bathing suit in front of food bloggers shortly.


Sarah Henry December 31, 2009 at 9:56 am

Sounds wonderfully decadent, Dianne. As for being bathing-suit clad with food bloggers soon…no sympathy here, half your luck!


JCN January 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Have also over-indulged horribly, and really understand that old phrase ‘feeling liverish’.

Feel peevish and slow, although I kept very active right throughout with lots of walking, swimming and even horse-riding … This morning, we ate fresh passionfruit, ruby-red grapefruit, red cherries and papaya for breakfast and I felt instantly better.

Raw fruit and vegetables – there is nothing else that makes you feel so well after days of making unwise seasonal food choices! And as you may have guessed from the fruit selection – we’re in the southern hemisphere and I must appear in a bathing suit on a boat in an hour’s time. It’s too late for me; save yourselves :-) Happy New Year!


Sarah Henry January 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hmmm…seems a swim suit theme is emerging here regarding overdoing it during the holidays — and choosing fruit as a way to cleanse after excess.


Sue Hutchison January 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Salad, salad, salad.


Sarah Henry January 9, 2010 at 9:24 am



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