Spring Little League baseball season has begun in my house — or as I sometimes call it, grilled cheese season. My boys eat a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner when baseball practice forces dinner to be before 5 p.m. or after 7:30 p.m. We still sit and have dinner as a family, but I don’t have to spend a long time preparing it.
Here are 7 ways to make a grilled cheese dinner healthier.
- Use bread made with whole grains instead of plain white bread for the sandwich.
- Slip some vegetables inside the sandwich. Tomatoes, fat-free salsa or avocadoes work well in a grilled cheese sandwich.
- Slip some fruit inside the sandwich. Apples and pears between slices of cheese can be yummy.
- Use low-fat cheese, but think twice about using fat-free cheese. Fat-free cheese doesn’t melt very well, and a good grilled cheese sandwich needs to be gooey.
- Skip the potato chips, but keep the crunch. Serve crunchy, raw vegetables or apple slices on the side.
- Add a cup of healthy, full-of-vegetables, low-fat soup to make it a heartier meal.
- Use organic ingredients and/or cheese and butter that are made from dairy that is rBST-free.