I grew up on boxed mac and cheese. Homemade stuff was a delicacy in and of itself that my mom made occasionally – usually when I begged – but for the most part, my family was a big fan of the boxed stuff. And to be completely transparent? I totally dug it. And even more? I don’t really mind giving it to my own kids on occasion.
Now, I’m not saying that boxed mac and cheese is the best, most nutritious option when it comes to meals for your kids. I don’t think anyone would look at a packet of powdered cheese stuff and be like, MAN this beats a kale smoothie in the nutrition department every. dang. time. Yes, a million and seven options are way healthier, but the boxed stuff sure does win the “ease of use” contest. Let’s face it – it doesn’t get much easier than boxed mac and cheese. Not to mention, kids love it. There is no hour long dinner time argument of, “please for the love of God, just eat your dinner. You will not get anything after this. Just eat. NO, you cannot have something else..” because, for the most part, kids love the stuff.
Boxed mac and cheese is the ideal option for those nights when you need a break. You know the nights – the toddler has been tantruming all day, the baby is sick, you just got your period, and you seriously can. not. wait. for bed time. Those are the nights when you just need something quick, easy, and argument free for dinner.
But the truth is, as you’re prepping your blue box dinner, you might feel a little guilt. Because you know the truth – it’s not necessarily the best option.
Here is where I will step in and say, “MOMMA. Make that box of mac and cheese. You do you. You are a great parent. Do what needs to be done for your family, what is right for your family. Only YOU know what that is, so forget the haters.” (can you tell that I cannot stand mom bashers? Even if they’re just in your own head.) But I get it. I have that same little annoying person in my brain that guilts me for dumb things like a stupid box of mac and cheese. Which is why I’m coming at you today with my 4 favorite ways to make boxed mac and cheese healthier!