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Warm, melty, and creamy macaroni and cheese is pretty much the best food ever. Far too often, however, that’s all there is in the bowl, which isn’t the healthiest of options.

We’re all short on time, but the truth is, when that’s what’s for dinner, adding in one of these ingredients doesn’t take that much longer—and for those few extra minutes, you get tons more flavor, daily doses of vitamins, and some protein. Seems like a win to us!

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Adding vegetables will add many nutrients including potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and more. Take the peas, can of corn, or steamed broccoli and cauliflower and throw it into the pot for a special twist. Even the handful of spinach will add so much more than the regular, out-of-the-box mix.

Yogurt

Yogurt

Greek yogurt is full of probiotics and a great substitution for milk in your recipe. It will make your macaroni and cheese rich and creamy with an added benefit of extra nutrients.

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To up your protein – add some meat. This can be beef, chicken, tuna, or pork, and it will give an extra layer of deliciousness to your meal.

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Adding a green hue to your macaroni and cheese may not be pretty, but it will add some vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, and antioxidants
to your dinner. Plus, it makes the pasta dish extra creamy.

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Boost up your vitamin A and C by adding salsa into the mix. With peppers, tomatoes, and the extra flavor of spices and herbs, it’s the perfect addition to your dinner.

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