Few have made it to adulthood without experiencing the four stages of grief from a breakup firsthand. First, there’s denial. This is the stage when you show up at their house for the date you had planned a week earlier, presuming the “I think we need a break” was metaphorical. Then comes anger. Avoid the slightly-more-than-one glass (bottle) of wine and “casual” Facebook creep during this stage.

Next comes bargaining, probably a good time to take the precautionary step of deleting your ex’s number from your phone. And finally, before the final stage of acceptance, there’s stage four: face-plant into a pint of ice cream.

There’s a reason we turn to food for comfort. Food, especially when it’s high in fat or sugar, temporarily releases feel good hormones like serotonin, and decreases stress hormones like cortisol. Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in comfort food – sometimes ice cream really does make you feel better. But if you’re looking for something a little healthier to get you through, here’s 9 healthier post-breakup foods:

Red Wine – swap shots of tequila for glasses of red wine. It’s rich an a compound called resveratrol, which helps reduce the risk of heart disease and may help you live longer, so you’ll have more years to plot your revenge.

Chocolate – look for dark chocolate or cocoa powder, which has less sugar and more cacao than milk chocolate. Compounds in chocolate have been shown to stimulate the release of mood boosting endorphins. Make this simple 3-ingredient dark chocolate bark…and don’t forget to dip it into a jar of peanut butter!

Popcorn – Did you know popcorn is a whole grain? Make a big bowl of this rosemary and truffle popcorn so you have something to snack on as you watch The Notebook for the 347th time

Chinese Food – Too embarrassed to order Chinese food again after the delivery guy caught you crying into a bowl of popcorn while watching The Notebook? Recreate your favorite dish at home! Try this recipe for General Tso’s cauliflower or kung pao eggplant.

Veggie Packed Mac and Cheese – What’s more comforting than a big bowl of cheesy pasta? Luvo’s cauliflower mac and cheese has all the comfort and convenience of boxed mac and cheese, plus it tastes a whole lot better!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza – If you’re going to eat an entire pizza, might as well get some veggies with it. Try this recipe for cauliflower crust pizza topped with a lemon gremolata.

Stir Fry – Making stir fry requires chopping lots of vegetables and what better way to let out pent up anger than hacking and chopping your way through a bunch of bok choy. Try this soy sauce-free stir fry recipe.

Ice Cream – Is there any food more synonymous with a breakup than ice cream? Trade that pint for this homemade coconut milk ice cream or this vegan watermelon, coconut and strawberry ice cream. Plus, making it from scratch will give you a beak from stalking your ex’s pictures on Instagram.

Cookies – Try this recipe for a single serving peanut butter cookie. The smell of a freshly baked cookie is just as comforting as the cookie itself. Hopefully the scent lasts longer than your broken heart!

Which food do you tend to indulge in when you’re feeling down in the dumps? Share your story in the comments section.

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