I have great childhood memories involving macaroni and cheese. What kid doesn’t appreciate that delicious orange cheese powder? My sister and I ate it with regularly, and not only did we live to tell about it, we are leading healthy and productive lives. In fact, here I am as a child scarfing down these macaroni delights circa the 1990’s.
My food choices may have improved a bit as I’ve entered adulthood, and as a result I don’t have macaroni and cheese a couple of times per week. However, my love for it hasn’t diminished. I was recently introduced to a pasta made from chickpeas instead of wheat. That means that instead of 9 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber in my former mac and cheese, it has 18 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. It also means that it is gluten free (and actually still tastes good), which is good news for all of you with Celiac disease.
There are always trade-offs, however, as my new-found pasta by Banza has slightly more sugar, cholesterol, and sodium (7 grams of sugar instead of 6 grams, 15mg of cholesterol instead of 10mg, and 620 grams of sodium instead of 570 grams). However, this is a trade-off I am happy to make for double the protein and four times the fiber.
The pasta by Banza is delicious and is more filling because of the extra protein. At about $5 per box, this cheesy treat is also about 5x more expensive than “other” macaroni and cheese. There are ways to justify it (if you look at it as paying per gram of fiber, they are about the same price!), but I’ll leave that up to you and your individual food budget. Pictured above is their mac and cheese deluxe – it comes in the purple box. However, I have tried their white cheddar and classic cheddar so far and they are equally delectable. I love trying new macaroni and cheese brands, and with decades of taste-testing experience, I’m almost a connoisseur.
Do you have a favorite macaroni and cheese brand?