Mac and Cheese
Make it better: You can eat lean without giving up that infamous blue box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. All you need to do is change the way you prepare it. Start by skipping the butter for a savings of more than 300 calories and 30-plus grams of fat. (You won't even know it's gone.) As for the milk, opt for skim over whole. If you like your mac super creamy, try pouring in an extra half cup. And if you're feeling truly righteous, add 1 cup of defrosted chopped broccoli to your mac and cheese for a boost of C, folate, potassium, and fiber.
Canned Tomato Soup
Make it better: Instead of adding water to your condensed soup, pour in an equal amount of either skim milk or plain soy milk. This will make it not only creamier but also higher in protein. To turn your bowl of soup into a meal, add some shredded cooked chicken or turkey. Or, if you like vegetables, try dumping in some defrosted spinach, broccoli, or mixed vegetables. Instead of oily croutons, crumble whole-wheat crackers over the soup. And if you love cheese (and what guy doesn't?), top everything off with 2 tablespoons of shredded low-fat cheddar.
Ice Cream Sundae
Make it better: A cup of high-quality ice cream can have as much as 30 grams of fat. To make your sundae healthier, begin by switching your full-fat premium ice cream to a lower-fat, lower-sugar variety. There are dozens on the market: Haagen-Dazs, Breyers, and Ben & Jerry's all make great-tasting lean varieties. Then, instead of layering fattening sauces and sprinkles on your sundae, toss on a dash of ground nuts or a high-fiber cereal like Kashi's GOLEAN Crunch. Add a few slices of banana or a handful of berries for a good serving of vitamins and fiber. Top it all off with some sugar-free Hershey's chocolate syrup or Reddi-wip Light. And, of course, don't forget the cherry on top.