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Five Food Makeovers For Healthier Meals

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Peach Cobbler

We all enjoy comfort food from time to time (or most of the time), but thanks to Charity Curley Matthews of Foodlets.com we can eat it and not feel guilty!

Some of your family's favorite meals could be packed with more calories than their worth, so check out five food makeovers below that are just as simple and easy to adopt as they are delicious!

Bacon and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese sounds delicious, but it has no nutritional value and way too many calories since the bacon just adds insult to injury.

How to make it healthier:

"Use whole wheat pasta, reduce cheese by one cup, add half a cup of pureed white beans and one cup of finely shredded carrot. Not as crazy as it seems, carrots are a natural fit for this kind of baked cheddar goodness."

Banana Bread includes very little banana. Instead, most recipes call for a full cup of sugar and oil.

How to make it healthier:

"Add another banana, use whole wheat flour, reduce the sugar by half and substitute half the oil (or melted butter) with applesauce. Add even more nutrition by replacing a quarter cup of flour with wheat germ or millet. Yes, millet."

Meatloaf is a family favorite, but most recipes could minimize the caloric content and add nutrition with a few simple adjustments.

How to make it healthier:

"Use ground turkey (or a combination of turkey and beef for diehard red meat eaters), double the amount of sauteed veggies called for, such as carrots, and throw in a half cup of pureed spinach for an extra nutritional boost. You'll never, ever notice it. Also substitute old-fashioned oats instead of breadcrumbs."

Peach Cobbler was one of Paula Deen's biggest hits on the Food Network website last year, but that recipe probably didn't help her type 2 diabetes too much.

How to make it healthier:

"Use whole wheat flour instead of white and reduce the sugar by half. For an extra shot of fiber, replace a quarter cup of flour with oat bran."

Pancakes from a box mix will provide a lot of carbs, but not much else.

How to make it healthier:

"This one is simple. Add half a cup of low-fat yogurt and a quarter cup of wheat germ, increasing the amount of milk to your batter as needed. Also throw in a cup of your family's favorite fruit: bananas, frozen peaches, diced apples all work beautifully. Round out this meal, especially if it's Breakfast-for-Dinner, with a protein-packed side of scrambled eggs and salmon."

Happy eating!

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