Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fake Food Thursday - Mackin' Cheese

Oh Mackin Cheese, how I long for thee as I grow weary of this long, unending diet! Jk guys, diet's going AWESOMELY, but I do really love my Mackin Cheese, so last time I was at the grocery store I thought I'd stop and pick up some Annie's . . . because, y'know, Annie's is the best one, right?

Wrong. Organic <> healthy (that's Geek for "organic food isn't always health-conscious"). I mean, it's still better than Velveeta Shells and Cheese (which always makes me sick, but OH MY GOD I COULD EAT IT TIL I DIED OF GOUT), but there are other options, people. And what are they? Well I won't ruin the surprise. Here's the table.

Mackin' Cheese Comparison Per 1 Cup Prepared Serving

CaloriesFiberFatWW Points
Velveeta Shells and Cheese3602128
Annie's Classic Mac n Cheese or Annie's Shells and White Cheddar280245.5
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (regular)259155.5
1 Packet Easy Mac240165
Kraft Supermac & Cheese230344.5

Ta Da! Kraft Supermac & Cheese wins, and I'll tell ya, it tastes just like the original. Not as good as Velveeta, but hey, few things are. Supermac is marketed as uh, a health food for kids. It has whole grains (8g per serving! but mysteriously only 3g of fiber) and vitamins in case you don't feed them any vegetables. So you can call Supermac a vegetable? I dunno, I'm not big on the marketing, but for comfort food it doesn't get much better.

A few notes: I couldn't find how much a packet of Easy Mac yields, but if college memory serves (and it may not), it's about a cup, maybe a bit less. I know that means it shouldn't be ranked the way it is, but it's rarely a matter of deciding between cooking up a packet of Easy Mac or a third of a box of regular Mac.

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