Macaroni and cheese typically isn’t what we’d call “healthy.” But we’ve got great news for mac & cheese fans, the boxed stuff has come a long way, nutritionally speaking! What used to be our only “love it” options are now bumped down to “like its” as newer, better-for-you varieties have hit the market – so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the current best and worst bets when it comes to boxed mac & cheese.
- Pasta is blend of chickpeas and pea protein. Classic Cheddar, White Cheddar, Cheese & Pepper.
- Per serving: 300 calories – 5 grams sat fat – 36 grams carbs – 8 grams fiber – 3 grams soluble fiber – 18 grams protein
Whole Wheat Mac & Cheese (e.g. Annie’s Mac and Cheese with Whole Wheat Pasta)
- Made with 100% Whole Wheat Shell Pasta and White Cheddar
- Per serving: 260 cals – 560 mg sodium – 46 grams carbs – 5 grams fiber – 10 grams protein
Ancient Harvest Macaroni & Cheese – GF
- Made with 100% whole grains: Corn flour, quinoa flour)
- Per serving: 270 cals – 430 mg sodium – 58 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – 4 grams protein
Horizon Organic Cheesy Deluxe + Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese
- Organic, but still just white pasta + cheese sauce
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Cracker Barrel, Velveeta Shells & Cheese, Velveeta Shells & Cheese with 2% Milk
- Made with white pasta
- Velveeta brand has 980 g sodium per serving (Kraft has 940 mg sodium per serving)
To catch the full segment on WGNO.com, click here.