|Kraft Dinner, beyond the dorm?|
It is now possible to buy KD in a whole wheat pasta version (with orange or white cheese powder) and also in three versions that Kraft is labelling "Smart," meaning with vegetable, extra fibre or omega-3 content in the noodles. Gasp!
Of course, the stuff is still very high in sodium and the added benefits are passable in terms of quantity. For example, the KD Smart vegetable variation gives half a serving of vegetable per 3/4 cup of prepared pasta, and I can't see a child eating more than 3/4 of a cup, so we're still at least 4 1/2 servings away from the recommended number of 5-6 servings daily of vegetables/fruit.
In other words, KD Smart or KD whole wheat have at least some nutritional value, but they in no way let me off the hook regarding serving vegetables or other whole foods.
Nevertheless, as a quick and cheap dinner, it's hard to beat, and with healthier versions available, I no longer have to slink off to the Mummy Hall of Shame for buying it. Thus, may we all be absolved from any torturous guilt associated with serving KD! (Hey, you can even blame me for making you look at it on your next trip to the supermarket.)
(As an aside, I should note that one of my boys rejected his bowl of KD, saying, "I don't like it," and another wanted to know how much he had to eat before I would let him have some fruit. So, apparently I've not corrupted them yet! And, truthfully, I originally bought it for our camping trip.)