3 Healthy and Grown Up Versions to Childhood Classics

Try these healthy grown up versions to childhood classics
Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

Using a butternut squash purée as a base creates a luscious and creamy consistency that is poured over the noodles.

Mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and pop tarts are all childhood classics that are near and dear to our hearts. Since we’ve gotten older we aren’t able to eat the same way we used to, but there still is a way to enjoy the childhood classics you love.

Make them a little healthier — they’ll still taste just as good, but without all of the calories. Try adding butternut squash into your mac and cheese, make meatloaf with ground turkey, or enjoy pancakes with bananas… Going healthy isn’t all that bad. Here are healthy grown up versions to your favorite childhood classics.

Banana Pancakes

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Banana Pancakes

Pancakes can be healthy, too. They may not be the best choice, but there are ways to make them better. You can make whole wheat pancakes using whole wheat flour and use egg whites instead of regular eggs. The bananas in this recipe give the pancakes great texture. 

For the Banana Pancakes recipe, click here.

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

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Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

Our healthy mac and cheese has fewer calories and less fat without sacrificing the trademark cheesy flavor and hearty satisfaction that mac and cheese brings to the dinner table. Using a butternut squash purée as a base creates a luscious and creamy consistency that is poured over the noodles. In our recipe, we’ve also opted to use a quick and easy frozen purée that cuts down on prep and cook time. — Emily Jacobs

For the Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash recipe, click here.

Turkey Meatloaf

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Turkey Meatloaf

When you were younger, you loved your mother’s or grandmother’s meatloaf. It was comforting, filling, and everything you’ve ever wanted. For a healthier version to a comforting classic make your meatloaf with ground turkey.

For the Turkey Meatloaf recipe, click here.