Why You’ll Love It
About This Brand
ORGANIC WHEAT SHELL PASTA, ORGANIC VALLEY ® ORGANIC CHEDDAR CHEESE (ORGANIC CULTURED PASTEURIZED MILK, SALT, NON-ANIMAL ENZYMES), ORGANIC WHEY, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE. Always refer to the actual package for the most complete and accurate information.
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- Certified Organic
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- Cruelty Free
- Made in USA
- Supports Charity
- Cholesterol Free
- Dye and Color Additive Free
- Low Fat
- No Antibiotics / Synthetic Hormones
- No Artificial Ingredients
- No Trans Fats
- Pesticide Free
- Preservative Free
- Soy Free
Why You’ll Love Organic Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Making macaroni and cheese at home is simple, but people are often skeptical of the boxed versions on the market due to their chemical-loaded ingredients. If that’s a concern, Thrive Market has found an upgrade that tastes delicious and is still easy to make. Don’t suffer through bland, unhealthy versions of the classic comfort food anymore, this high quality, all-natural mac and cheese uses certified organic cheese and certified organic whole wheat pasta.
Annie’s Organic Shells and White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese omits artificial flavors, synthetic colors, and preservatives. With fiber, protein, iron, calcium, and Vitamin A in each bite, this cheesy pasta is also being kind to the body when it’s consumed.
In addition to being certified organic and healthier than many other brands of macaroni and cheese, people can see why this product is a uniquely ethical choice:
- Non-GMO project verified
- Cruelty free
- Made in the United States
- Dye and color-additive free
- Low fat
- No antibiotics or synthetic hormones
- No artificial ingredients
- No trans fats
- Pesticide free
- Soy free
Whole wheat pasta versus white pasta
Pasta doesn’t have to be a guilt-inducing indulgence anymore! Now there is the option to opt for pasta made with whole wheat flour, which is a great way to add nourishing whole grains into a diet. Not only is it excellent source of fiber and often vitamins, but it’s also generally more satisfying than white pasta.
In addition, the wheat used in refined white pasta has been stripped of much of its fibrous parts during processing. In this case it loses about 60 percent of its grain, making it have less than half of the vitamins and minerals as the whole grain version.
Furthermore, refined white pasta is easy to overeat since it has more calories and less protein than wheat pasta. This is because the body absorbs processed grains and simple sugars much faster, and eating them can increase your blood sugar. With that said, a spike in blood glucose levels causes an insulin release, and therefore, an increase in appetite.
Added health benefits
While the benefits of consuming whole grains and eating organic natural products are endless, Thrive has added the following nutrients to the list on why this mac and cheese is, dare we say it, good for the body:
- It contains protein: Without protein the body can’t make enzymes, hormones, and other bodily chemicals. It’s the essential foundation of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood, in addition to being a crucial part of building muscle mass, ensuring normal brain function, helping with digestion, hormone balance, and regulating one’s mood. Protein rich foods are useful for those who are trying to ward off weight gain since they allow people to have that full feeling after eating. Because proteins are a macronutrient, the body needs quite a bit of it to keep going, therefore making an extra source of it beneficial to any diet.
- It’s a source of Vitamin A: Vitamin A works to soothe to the immune system, modulating immune responses and preventing inflammation. It also earns points for protecting skin and mucous membrane cells from any damage. While this vitamin is popular in the beauty community for its ability to treat skin disorders and heal wounds, it’s also known to promote healthy hair.
- It’s a source of calcium: While the heart, muscles, and nerves depend on calcium for normal functioning, it’s also necessary to build and maintain strong bones. Calcium also has been shown to have additional benefits that could extend to protecting against certain cancers, diabetes and high blood pressure.
- It’s a source of iron:Iron is another essential vitamin because it supplies necessary oxygen to the organs through red blood cell production. It also helps people grow, develop and maintain good health, in addition to being a crucial component for a healthy metabolism.
- It’s a source of fiber: Fiber is an important asset when it comes to weight loss and overall health. A few servings of the whole grain pasta shells in this macaroni and cheese can do wonders since it meets the recommended daily fiber intake. This can help with normal bowel movements, lowering cholesterol levels, controlling blood sugar, and allow people to maintain a healthy weight.
Ways to ‘Hack’ Your Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is a classically comforting dish that many people are content to eat on its own and without any added ingredients. Although, Thrive wants to spread the love and show what it can do as the base for creative meals. With neutral flavor and nourishing composition, this macaroni is prime for elevating to new delicious heights:
Rich, creamy macaroni and cheese happens to go well with crunchy, flavorful vegetables. Simply chop and add the vegetables of choice to make this fortifying meal. Thrive recommends using broccoli, tomatoes, sauteed onions, mushrooms and cauliflower.
Ham and peas
For an irresistibly scrumptious macaroni and cheese, add in cubed ham or bacon along with cooked peas. The mix of cheesy yet smoky flavors will excite taste buds and have the whole family crowding around for more.
Simple savory macaroni and cheese
Try dressing up cheesy noodles with some flavor and crunch: sauteed onions, garlic and toasted breadcrumbs. It’s a simple upgrade that will be on repeat with this dish.
Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese may be famous casual fare, but it’s also earned a spot on high-end restaurant menus for its ability to transcend into fine food. Here are some ways to take a boxed macaroni and cheese and turn it into something that can be served on a date:
Truffled mac and cheese
There are only few things more heavenly than high quality macaroni and cheese finished with crispy bread crumbs and truffle oil. For added texture, add sauteed mushrooms.
Mac and cheese with lobster
There’s a reason why lobster mac and cheese is so popular! With cheesy shells and buttery seafood this is a recipe that never seizes to amaze.
Reviews For Organic Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Based on 5 Reviews
My kids really enjoy eating the Mac and cheese for school lunch. I like it because it's organic.
My son is picky and loves these. Back to order more - delicious!
I love that this is an organic version of some of Annie's other popular boxed meals. Be aware that the organic aspect doesn't give it a health halo, though. It still has a decent amount of calories in a serving, and there is still quite a bit of sodium in it. Compared to standard non-organic versions, though, I definitely feel way better serving this to my family.
- Karen Peralta
Feeling Great about Serving
I really don't always feel like cooking the full meal on the night the wife wants off, but I usually feel bad with a lot of the store-bought mac and cheese boxes. This is one that both the wife and I can agree on - and the kids like it. It's not quite as cheesy or as intense as the non-organic varieties, but the kids still eat it happily and it gives me an easy way to make dinner.
- Dan Suarez
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