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Healthier Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

In celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month, we healthified the classic grilled cheese sandwich with sprouted whole-grain bread, low-fat cheese and a handful of greens. You’ll still get gobs of melted, yummy, gooeyness but with less fat (we promise you won’t miss the butter) and more nutrients, thanks to the addition of tomatoes and spinach. The sandwich has plenty of calcium and protein from the cheddar and the sprouted-grain bread. Plus this outer shell has fewer calories and carbohydrates than regular bread.

Healthy Grilled Cheese

Photo by Perry Santanachote

Healthier Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Serves 1

The Skinny

Per sandwich:

  • 340 cal
  • 15 g fat (9 g sat)
  • 32 g carbs
  • 427 mg sodium
  • 6.7 g fiber
  • 19.3 g protein

Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cooking oil spray
2 slices sprouted whole-grain bread (like Ezekiel 4:9)
2 slices (1.5 ounces) low-fat cheddar cheese
1/2 tomato, sliced
1/2 cup baby spinach

Preparation

  1. Layer cheese, tomato and spinach between the bread slices.
  2. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly spray the bottom with cooking oil. Add sandwich and cook until browned on the bottom, about 4-5 minutes. Flip the sandwich over, cover the skillet and continue to cook until the other side is browned and cheese has melted, about 4-5 minutes more. Cut sandwiches in half and serve hot.

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