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.

  1. Use bread made with whole grains instead of plain white bread for the sandwich.
  2. Slip some vegetables inside the sandwich. Tomatoes, fat-free salsa or avocadoes work well in a grilled cheese sandwich.
  3. Slip some fruit inside the sandwich. Apples and pears between slices of cheese can be yummy.
  4. 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.
  5. Skip the potato chips, but keep the crunch. Serve crunchy, raw vegetables or apple slices on the side.
  6. Add a cup of healthy, full-of-vegetables, low-fat soup to make it a heartier meal.
  7. Use organic ingredients and/or cheese and butter that are made from dairy that is rBST-free.
The Sporkful guys have an interesting way to make grilled cheese a little more delicious. They poke holes in the bread and allow some of the cheese to melt out so it becomes crispy and a little burnt. Take a look at what they do to a grilled cheese sandwich. They go a little (okay, a lot) cheese-heavy at the end, but the poking holes idea is pretty good.


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.