National Grilled Cheese Day!

April 3, 2018
| Created by Melanie Taylor, MS, RDN, CD

Grilled cheese is a comfort food, and like many comfort foods, grilled cheese isn’t always necessarily healthy. The good news: It can be! Here are a few tips to help lighten up (and fancy up) your grilled cheese without sacrificing taste.

Use whole grain bread. Look for the Dietitians Choice tag or try Harmons 7-grain bread from the bakery.

Skip the butter. Heat a teaspoon or two of canola or olive oil on the skillet before placing your sandwich on it.

Add some veggies. Tomatoes, spinach, roasted eggplant are a good start. Try Chef Lesli’s Green Chile Grilled Cheese. 

Add some herbs to boost the antioxidant content. Basil, oregano, and pesto work well.

Enjoy your cheese, but don’t go overboard. Remember, a serving of cheese is one ounce (the size of one-inch cube). Use a little sharp cheddar and then sprinkle with a stronger-flavored cheese for a punch—feta, parmesan, or bleu cheese work well. 

Substitute some of the cheese for slices of avocado to increase the creamy factor and decrease the unhealthy fat.

Add a colorful side salad and a piece of fruit to round out the meal.