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
Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwiches with Swiss, cheddar, and blue cheese on low carb multi-grain bread [The Complete Step-By-Step Low Carb Cookbook] (329 cal, 18.2g fat, 8 PointsPlus)
Grilled Cheese with provolone on whole grain bread, made with peanut oil instead of butter [Flat Belly Diet! for Men] (409 cal, 26.8g fat, 11 PointsPlus)
Garden Grilled Cheese with cheddar, artichoke, and roasted red peppers on sourdough [Cooking Light] (264 cal, 7.6g fat, 7 PointsPlus)
Grilled Beet Sandwich with mozzarella, spinach, beets, basil, and balsamic vinegar on a whole grain sandwich thin [Green Lite Bites] (205 cal, 7g fat, 5 PointsPlus)
Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches with sharp and white cheddar and tomato on light or wheat bread [Southern Living] (241 cal, 12.4g fat, 7 PointsPlus)
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with mozzarella, tomato, and basil on whole wheat bread [WebMD] (323 cal, 12g fat, 8 PointsPlus)
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with cheddar, pepper jack, red onion, and tomato on whole wheat [Ellie Krieger] (350 cal, 18g fat, 9 PointsPlus)
Savory Pumpkin Grilled Cheese with Laughing Cow Light Swiss, fat free cheddar, cayenne, and pumpkin puree on light bread [Hungry Girl] (215 cal, 6g fat, 5 PointsPlus)
Hot Chile Grilled Cheese with pablano peppers, pinto beans, salsa, and Monterey Jack on sourdough [EatingWell] (415 cal, 6g fat, 10 PointsPlus)
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with bacon, white cheddar, spinach, tomato, and red onion on hearty white bread [Cooking Light] (376 cal, 11g fat, 10 PointsPlus)
Smokey Grilled Ham & Cheese with lean smoked ham, tomato, Parmesan and Swiss on whole wheat [Diet.com] (395 cal, 11g fat, 10 PointsPlus)
Cajun Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with pineapple, red onion & Colby on whole grain. [Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right] (487 cal, 9.1g fat, 13 PointsPlus)
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)
Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon with cheddar and Dijon on whole grain bread [Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen Survival Guide] (298 cal, 9.4g fat, 7 PointsPlus)
The Rock Center Slender Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with turkey bacon, cheddar, tomato, and alfalfa sprouts on seven-grain bread [Cabot] (390 cal, 16g fat, 11 PointsPlus)
Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey with basil on cinnamon-raisin bread [Cooking Light] (243 cal, 8.5g fat, 6 PointsPlus)
Apple ‘n Jack Grilled Cheese with onion and Monterey Jack on light bread [Hungry Girl] (236 cal, 10g fat, 6 PointsPlus)
Makeover Deluxe Grilled Cheese with onion, apple, cheddar, and goat cheese on french bread [Healthy Cooking] (225 cal, 12g fat, 6 PointsPlus)
Gooey Grilled Cheese with fig jam or grape jelly, pear, and havarti or Monterey Jack on light whole wheat bread [Fitness] (296 cal, 13g fat, 8 PointsPlus)