These gooey, melty, cheesy sandwiches need no introduction, so we'll just say, make 'em. All of them. They're good for you!
More Cheese, Please
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Today is National Grilled Cheese Day. It's not like you really needed an excuse to celebrate, but what the heck—we're giving you 10 delicious, gooey, cheesy, and healthy reasons to chow down on the classic sandwich. These healthy grilled cheese recipes need no special occasion—grill them up any day of the year and feel good about doing so. Plus, cheese is a rich source of bone-building calcium and muscle-recovering protein; choose wisely and cheese can be a part of any healthy diet—or even a weight-loss plan.
Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
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The name alone tells you this sammie is healthy. And the taste proves it's delicious too. It only gets better when you add caramelized onions and fresh herbs to the pile. It'll be your new go-to hand-held dinner.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
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Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese
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This gooey sandwich is almost too pretty to eat—almost. Frozen blueberries are reduced along with sugar and vinegar to create a jam-like spread that might warrant a bib to prevent stains but is totally worth it. (Actually, frozen fruits are one of the Packaged Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy.) Get your greens in with a generous handful of baby spinach or arugula for a bite that's bursting with flavor.
Get the recipe: Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese
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What a difference two extra ingredients can make! Creamy avocado and juicy tomato add an extra punch of richness to regular ol' grilled cheese and pump up the nutritional value with heart-healthy benefits in every crispy, gooey bite of this grilled cheese.
Get the recipe: Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese
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Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
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There's so much more to the world of healthy green eating than salads and smoothies. Green goddess, whether it's in the form of dressing or this pesto grilled cheese, is so yummy you might want to bathe in it (don't.). Along with other favorite green foods like spinach and avocado, these ingredients make one healthy cheesy sandwich. (Want other unique ways to use pesto? Find a Healthy Pesto Recipe That Doesn't Involve Pasta.)
Get the recipe: Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Recipe
Beet, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
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Beets are a great root veggie to add to salads and sandwiches alike. In this stack, they add rich color and nutrition. Beets have been shown to boost athletic performance, which could be Why Endurance Athletes Swear By Beet Juice. Smooth goat cheese and peppery arugula perfectly compliment this unique take on a classic.
Get the recipe: Beet, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
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Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
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You've tried cauliflower crust pizza, so it's only natural you should transfer that healthy-swap concept to sandwiches, right? Right! White bread and artificial cheese food are the reason for grilled cheese's bad rep, but when you use healthy veggie alternatives and real, rich cheddar, the tables are turned in your favor.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
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Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese
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All hail spinach, the original dark leafy green with a mega-dose of iron—one crucial nutrient responsible for maintaining strong energy levels. And don't forget to praise feta—this is one crumbly, savory cheese that's lower in fat and calories than most, meaning you can have more of it! Feta doesn't melt very easily, so try a blend of stringy mozzarella and feta for the perfect, light sandwich.
Get the recipe: Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese
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Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese
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This savory sandwich can make a sweet treat too—the proof is in this recipe. Both dark chocolate and tart raspberries offer up a nice dose of antioxidants, so you feel better about having dessert for lunch or dinner. Consider this the American version of the sweet crepe.
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese
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Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
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Just when you thought there wasn't a Brussels sprout recipe you haven't eaten, along comes this mouthwatering sandwich, combining two of our favorite foods. This sandwich uses Fontina cheese, one of the best watch-it-pull-apart cheeses available. (P.S. There's actually lots more to eat in the sprouts world, like these 10 Seriously Addictive Brussels Sprouts Recipes.)
Get the recipe: Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
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Pumpkin Grilled Cheese with Apples and Cheddar
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You probably know apples and cheddar make one fabulous food couple, but add pumpkin to the mix and your taste buds won't know what hit 'em. Pumpkin is so not just an October-through-November squash, either. You can find it pre-cut (thank you!!) in most grocery stores year-round. Add your favorite leafy green and voilà—your stomach will love you.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Grilled Cheese with Apples and Cheddar
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