How to Make A Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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The key to a healthy grilled cheese is choosing healthier ingredients.

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Items you will need

  • Whole-grain bread
  • Skim or part-skim natural cheese
  • Olive oil or margarine
  • Tomato (optional)

Who doesn't like grilled cheese sandwiches? Kids and adults alike have a hard time resisting that buttery golden bread with the ooey-gooey cheese inside. Unfortunately, the traditional grilled cheese sandwich is full of calories, saturated fat and refined carbohydrates. But don't worry, you can still have all of the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich with this much healthier version. Enjoy!

Step 1

Start with a good whole grain bread that lists "whole grain flour" or "whole wheat flour" as the first ingredient. Also, make sure your bread has at least 3 grams of fiber per slice.

Step 2

Assemble the healthy grilled cheese sandwich. Select a natural cheese, which contains more nutrients and fewer additives than processed cheeses. To reduce the overall fat and calories, look for a cheese made with skim or part-skim milk. Place a serving of cheese between two slices of your whole grain bread.

Step 3

Spray a hot pan with a little olive oil and add your sandwich. If you really want the buttery taste of the traditional grilled cheese sandwich, you can use one of the newer non-hydrogenated, omega-3 buttery spreads (like Smart Balance) instead of olive oil.

Step 4

Lightly brown one side of your sandwich and then flip to brown the other side.

Step 5

When your sandwich is browned on both sides and the cheese is melted, remove it from the pan and enjoy!

Step 6

For an extra dose of vitamin C and lycopene, try adding a slice of tomato to your sandwich before adding it to the pan.

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