Healthy comfort food recipes to cheer you up when you're feeling stressed

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New research proves our taste buds seek out fatty foods when we're feeling anxious...

Chicken and Chorizo salad with mayo and wine vinegar dressing
According to the flavour boffins at Nottingham University, depression, anxiety and stress can wreak havoc on our taste buds - forcing us to crave different kinds of food.

When you're feeling low and desperate for comfort food, scientists have discovered that your taste buds won't be able to tell how fatty your food is.

Basically, they'll just ignore it to cheer you up! Aaaahhh.

So, next time you're feeling like spending the night in bed with Ben, Jerry and a Domino's Pizza, you might want to save yourself the calories and try these healthy, hearty and satisfying recipes...

CHICKEN, CHORIZO SALAD WITH MAYO AND WINE VINEGAR DRESSING (above)

We know, we know, it's salad, but it's packed with warm grilled chicken, spicy chorizo and tangy mayonnaise. Much better than chips, but still warming.

THAI RED CURRY WITH BELL PEPPERS, GREEN BEANS AND CHICKPEAS

Stress and anxiety impair your sense of taste and smell, so opt for something with a kick like this Thai curry. It uses fat-free yoghurt instead of cream, so you'll be saving some calories too.

Thai Red Curry recipe


JESSIE J'S CHICKEN DUMPLING SOUP RECIPE

This warming soup recipe is full of homemade goodness and it won't ruin your waist line. Great stuff.

Chicken dumpling soup

© Jessie J Instagram



HOMEMADE CHICKEN KIEV WITH ROOT VEGETABLE CHIPS

According to the experts our tongues have fat receptors, but these receptors are dulled when we're feeling anxious, which is why high fat foods taste so damn good. Break this cycle with an old school favourite - chicken kiev with some healthy chips. Delicious.

Chicken Kiev with root vegetable chips


QUICK AND EASY CREAMY FISH PIE

Weirdly, when we're feeling short-term stress (like prepping for that big presentation at the office), our taste buds go the other way and get all excited. You'll be more sensitive to salt and sugar, which draws your to chocolate, crisps and pizza. Stay on the diet track with this quick and low-fat fish pie instead.

Quick and easy fish pie


MEXICAN SALMON WITH HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE

You don't have to swear off fat completely, just opt for healthy Omega-3 fats instead.

Mexican salmon recipe


POSH SAUSAGES, MASH AND GRAVY

Swap a fatty fried sausage sandwich dripping in ketchup for this tasty combo of grilled sausage and veg.

Posh sausages, cabbage mash and gravy


WHOLEGRAIN PITTA PIZZAS WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER AND PROSCIUTTO

Who said you can't make an oily and fatty pizza healthy? These wholegrain pittas have all the same ingredients with a fraction of the calories.

Wholegrain Pitta Pizzas with Roasted Red Pepper and Prosciutto

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What are your favourite healthy comfort food recipes? Tweet us #healthytreats.

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