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For those of you who have kids who love Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and are looking for ways to make it healthier, Kraft recently introduced Veggie Pasta, a version of the kid-favorite that includes ½ serving of vegetables per cup.

My son, Cameron, loves Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, so when I started making healthier meals all the time he was always asking for it. Some of the other options I tried he wasn’t happy with, but I saw Veggie Pasta on the shelf at the store and decided to give it a try. He loved it! We couldn’t tell the difference between it and regular Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

The box has a serving suggestion of adding 2 tbsp. of margarine and ¼ cup of 2% milk. If you want to give yours a little bit of a healthier touch, try adding unsalted margarine or margarine made with olive oil and using skim or 1% milk instead. This will lower the calories (by about 80!) and the amount of unhealthy fat in your mac and cheese.

It’s still not the healthiest choice as far as mac and cheese goes, but each serving (1 cup) has 3g of fiber, 10g of protein, and includes more iron and protein than regular Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Also, many lower-calorie/fat recipes have to be made from scratch, and let’s face it… As moms we don’t always have 30+ minutes to create a healthy mac and cheese masterpiece for a room full of hungry kids. This is still as convenient and tasty as the original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, but is a bit healthier. Plus, who can say no to sneaking more veggies into your kids’ diet?

Kraft also offers a whole grain macaroni and cheese product, which you could also consider. The whole grain version contains 5g of fiber per serving, but be careful because it contains more saturated fat and sodium with less protein, iron, and vitamin C than the veggie version.

When you’re running low on time because of those fantastic workouts you’ve been squeezing into your already hectic day, and the kids are demanding their favorite macaroni and cheese… whipping up some Kraft Veggie Pasta could be a great solution!

Happy Trails!