Dinner Makeover: Meatloaf

Dinner Makeover: Meatloaf

Meatloaf: a classic American dinner. Your parents ate it when they were kids and now you do, too. While meatloaf may be a tasty choice, it’s not always the healthiest choice. Good these we’ve compiled a list of healthy meatloaf recipes! Take a look at them and read through what makes them healthy!

The reason why meatloaf tends to be unhealthy is because…well…it’s full of red meat!  Too much red meat in your diet can lead to high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and heart problems.  Try making your meatloaf with healthier kinds of meat.  Turkey and chicken are both lean meats, so try switching your beef for poultry.  If you insist on using beef, however, make sure that it is very lean beef; sirloin is ideal.

Also, making sure your meatloaf has oats in it is a great way to get a daily dose of whole grains.  If your recipe calls for crackers or breadcrumbs, use oats instead. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to throw some veggies in!  Adding some carrots or peas can really give your meatloaf an extra boost of flavor!

Low Cholesterol Meatloaf

Why It’s Healthy: This recipe uses lean beef, so it ensures you’re cutting out a lot of the fat a typical meatloaf is filled with.  It also has 2 whole cups of oats and is filled with vegetables.  What a great way to get your fiber for the day!

The Very Best Tasting Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

Why It’s Healthy: Using turkey is a smart choice when it comes to meatloaf, as it’s very lean.  This recipe also uses oats to give you fiber, and a bit of garlic, a food with innumerable health benefits.

Grapenuts Loaf

Why It’s Healthy:  For those of us who have dietary restrictions that prevent us from eating meat, this meat-free recipe is a great alternative to a traditional meatloaf.  The base of the loaf is Grapenuts, made from the powerful whole grains wheat and barley.  And the addition of nuts to the recipe will provide you with healthy monounsaturated fats.

Low Fat Meatloaf

Why It’s Healthy:  This recipe uses ground chicken, another lean meat, as its base.  It also incorporates red bell peppers, which are high in vitamin C, and eggs, which have some great all-around health benefits. 

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