19 Healthier, Grown-Up Versions Of Your Favorite Childhood Foods ~ Shannon Rosenberg

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Sometimes you just want to take a break from being an adult, relax, and enjoy a throwback food that brings you back to simpler times.

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Here are some awesome, healthier alternatives to the foods your inner child is craving hard. They’re prepared with mostly whole foods, fewer processed ingredients, and less added sugar. And since they’re all homemade, you can actually control what you’re putting into there.

1. 3-Ingredient Honey Mustard Cornflake Chicken

This simple recipe is a great alternative to the fried options you see in restaurants and freezer meals, and it calls for just cornflakes, sliced boneless chicken breasts or thighs, and a quarter-cup of honey mustard. Get the recipe here.

2. Healthy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Healthy Mac 'n' Cheese

Nothing is more comforting than a steaming bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese. This homemade version uses less butter and salt, includes veggies, and you can always mix in lower-fat cheese along with the regular kind if you want an even lighter version. Get the recipe here.

3. Best Ever Sloppy Joes

Best Ever Sloppy Joes

This sloppy joe is easy to make and uses extra-lean ground beef. Get the recipe here.

4. Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Yes, adults can eat cute-shaped breakfasts, too. This recipe calls for whole wheat flour and uses egg whites and banana for texture. Get the recipe here.

5. Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets

Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets

Pizza pockets are EVERYTHING. And this copycat recipe is made with whole wheat flour and a from-scratch pizza sauce that’s prepared with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Get the recipe here.

6. Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

These are made with bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper, egg, and reduced-fat mozzarella string cheese. Get the recipe here.

7. Cheesy Sweet Potato Broccoli Tots

Cheesy Sweet Potato Broccoli Tots

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This sneaky take on the Tater Tot is actually hiding sweet potatoes, broccoli, and rolled oats. Get the recipe here.

8. Vegan Cheez-Its

Vegan Cheez-Its

This recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour for its texture and nutritional yeast to get its cheesy flavor. Get the recipe here.

9. Cauliflower-Crust Grilled Cheese

Cauliflower-Crust Grilled Cheese

Try this delicious, melty grilled cheese, which substitutes cauliflower for bread and packs lots of protein. Get the recipe here.

10. Cheeseburger Quinoa Skillet

Cheeseburger Quinoa Skillet

Hamburger Helper is great and will always have a special place in our hearts, but this protein-packed quinoa skillet can satisfy that craving with whole, unprocessed ingredients. Get the recipe here.

11. Cauliflower Crust Ham and Cheese Stromboli

Cauliflower Crust Ham and Cheese Stromboli

Think of this as a remixed ham and cheese sandwich. Oh, and the crust is hiding vegetables. Get the recipe here.

12. Healthy Homemade Mango Fruit Roll-Ups

Healthy Homemade Mango Fruit Roll-Ups

If you can get your hands on three mangos and a blender or food processor, you’ll have everything you need for this healthier version of Fruit Roll-Ups. Get the recipe here.

13. Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

OK, so it’s hard to make these healthy, but you can cut down on the fat by using Pillsbury reduced-fat crescent rolls and Hebrew National 97% fat-free hot dogs. Get the recipe here.

14. Crispy Baked Fish Sticks With Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce

Crispy Baked Fish Sticks With Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce

Give the beer batter a rest. This version calls for a little flour, three eggs, multigrain cracker chips, simple seasonings, and voilà! Get the recipe here.

15. Open-Faced PB&J Sandwich

Open-Faced PB&J Sandwich

This grown-up version calls for homemade pecan butter (or any nut butter of your choice) and blueberry jam from scratch. That way you skip all the processed ingredients and get straight to the good stuff. Get the recipe here.

16. Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

Because POP-TARTS. This DIY version is way lower in sugar and made with fresh fruit. Get the recipe here.

17. “Hostess” Cupcakes

"Hostess" Cupcakes

These copycat snacks are a part of Bon Appétit’s “Junk Food Makeover” series and are made with better-for-you ingredients like coconut oil, applesauce, and chia seeds. Get the recipe here.

18. Pepper Jack–Stuffed Turkey Zucchini Meat Loaf

Pepper Jack–Stuffed Turkey Zucchini Meat Loaf

This hearty recipe — made with lean turkey breast, shredded zucchini, pepper jack cheese, panko breadcrumbs, and tomato sauce — is probably even better than what mom used to make. Get the recipe here.

19. Easy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This thick and homey soup has all the creamy flavor as your favorite pot pie; pie crust optional (but not really because come on). Get the recipe here.

All right, time to dig in!


2 thoughts on “19 Healthier, Grown-Up Versions Of Your Favorite Childhood Foods ~ Shannon Rosenberg

    1. Hi @Two Healthy Kitchens, thanks for the visit and the note. Yes, updated recipes of childhood favorites is a great and fun idea.We post recipe articles regularly, make sue to follow and like Live Your Life Inspired. Stay Inspired!!

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