Consisting of just bread, cheese, and butter, the potential for a grilled cheese sandwich to ruin your healthy eating plan is exponential! Several ounces of cheese, large slices of bread, and slathering on a ton of butter can easily add up to upwards of 1000′s of calories!
But I believe you can have your grilled cheese, and eat it too. And although it is actually National Grilled Cheese Month as well, I do not suggest eating one every day! So, first thing’s first. Portion control. Measure everything. Secondly, make use of lower fat, lower calorie, and/or lower carb items. Use healthy oils, light butter spreads, or cooking spray instead of butter. (Ok, if the taste of butter is what you think makes a grilled cheese sing, leave it in, but limit it. One tablespoon of butter is 100 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 3 PointsPlus.) Lastly, try adding veggies, lean meats, or even fruit to add flavor and substance to make up for less cheese.
So go ahead! Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day today with one of these healthier versions from across the internet!
Just the Cheese
Sausage Stuffed Breakfast Grilled Cheese with meatless or turkey sausage, fat free American, Laughing Cow Light Swiss, and sugar free pancake syrup on light bread [Hungry Girl] (270 cal, 9.5g fat, 7 PointsPlus)