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Healthy Eating: Reinvent Your Favorite Foods

 
Don't let your love of comfort foods keep you from eating the healthiest meals possible. You can change your favorite comfort food recipe into healthy diet food with just a few tweaks. Here, we took four classic recipes and reinvented them to give you the same comfort feeling without the uncomfortable, clothes-don't-fit result. These may very well become your new, go-to healthy recipes. Indulge!



Healthy recipe makeover: Mac 'n Cheese

Mac 'n cheese, a comfort food classic you'd never think of as a healthy diet food gets a makeover with the addition of cauliflower, nonfat milk, and whole wheat macaroni. It has three times more fiber than the boxed version of mac and cheese, thanks to the whole wheat and superfood cauliflower. It's just as creamy and comforting as the macaroni of your childhood but packs a delicious and nutritious twist. Get the Cauliflower Mac 'n Cheese recipe!



Healthy recipe makeover: Tuna Melt

You may have enjoyed the melted cheese and mayo and buttery bread as a kid, but you'd never think of a tuna melt a healthy. But we managed to slim down the negatives and boost the great stuff. With the addition of spinach and roasted red peppers, this nutritious version is actually packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, fiber, folate, and iron. Top tricks: By broiling the sandwich, there's no need for butter. Subbing in light cheese and mayo brings down the fat and calorie count. Try this healthy Tuna Melt.



Healthy Recipe Makeover: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

We've cut the calories nearly in half from the traditional versions of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. No, you don't have to choose the meatloaf or the potatoes. We simply replaced regular ground beef with a lean variety and mixed in veggies and lentils for extra antioxidants and fiber. Secret tip: Use Yukon Gold potatoes—their natural buttery flavor allows you to avoid adding the real fatty stuff. Don't wait: Healthy up your Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes now.



Healthy recipe makeover: Crispy "Fried" Chicken

Anything that requires frying can't really be considered a healthy diet food but extra crispy Panko breadcrumbs baked in the oven give you the gorgeous brown crust without all the negatives you would expect from your favorite recipe for fried chicken. By baking the chicken and using nonfat buttermilk this healthy recipe has only 1/4 of the fat of typical fried chicken but still has all the flavor and texture. Get this new Crispy "Fried" Chicken recipe now.


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