5 Ways To Make A Healthier Grilled Cheese
Everyone loves a good grilled cheese — from the gooey cheese to the crisp edges of the bread to the delicious fillings. We’re in heaven just thinking about it. The one thing that sucks, though, is that grilled cheese isn’t exactly healthy. Luckily, you can kick the nutrition factor up a notch without sacrificing flavor in the process. Here are five ways to make eating your favorite comfort food feel more guiltless.
1. Use olive oil (in moderation).
Skip the butter on your bread and turn to olive oil instead. Coat your pan with olive oil (1-2 tablespoons), heat it and then add your bread for a healthier vibe. Just remember that moderation is key because while olive oil is loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, it’s also heavy on the calories. Plus, no one wants soggy bread.
2. Kick American cheese to the curb.
It’s no surprise that American cheese isn’t good for you. Plus, there are just so many more nutritious cheese options out there that taste way better. Use fresh mozzarella or a hard, sharp cheddar cheese for a better protein boost. (You won’t miss those Kraft singles, we promise.)
3. Add protein.
Adding freshly-cooked chicken won’t hurt your grilled cheese. If anything, it’ll only make it taste better. Plus, extra protein is always a good idea and it will keep you fuller longer.
4. Swap your white bread for whole grain.
No, it won’t be just like your childhood favorite, but whole grain bread is the way to go. Just make sure to read the ingredient label on your bread choice and confirm that a whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. (Also keep an eye out for added sugar.) The bread choice will help keep you full and you’ll gain more nutrients than you would with plain ol’ white bread.
5. Pack it with veggies.
You can’t go wrong with adding a few veggies to your sandwich. Make your meal worthwhile and balanced by tossing in some spinach or red peppers. Plus, it’ll help to round out the flavor of your meal.