There are many hard things about eating healthy, especially when you are sticking to a specific plan. Some recipes are incredibly complicated. Sometimes you just want something comforting and straightforward. We will go through everything you need to know about making a keto-friendly grilled cheese that will satisfy your craving without stressing you out.
The Right Stuff
Having a “healthy” grilled cheese may seem like an oxymoron. They are typically high in salt, fat, and carbs. Fortunately, those who follow the keto diet know that fat doesn’t have to be wrong. The most important part for you to keep your meal keto-friendly and your diet on track is to choose the right bread.
Long gone are the days of nutrient deficient, high carb bread. When selecting your bread, of course, make sure the carb count is low (look for something in the two carbs per slice range) and the fiber count is high. Fiber has many health benefits as well as helps you feel full and satisfied. You also want to look for bread that has protein. Yes, it’s real! Protein is vital for building muscle and meeting your other dietary goals.
The only other ingredients you need for a fabulous sandwich are butter and cheese. Seriously! You can make a grilled cheese with any kind of good melting cheese you like. I enjoy combining a slice of sharp cheddar with a piece of muenster or provolone. I might use all three if I have them handy. All that’s left now is butter, and the more, the better in my experience.
Now, there are many ways to make grilled cheese. If you are a person who thinks mayo cooks better than butter and enjoys the flavor, please continue basking in your wrongness. All jokes aside, my favorite way is to coat the bread slices in butter, then cover the old sandwich griddle that belonged to my great granny. I just love getting to use it because it reminds me of all the comfort and love that went into the grilled cheeses my granny made for me as a kid. Half the appeal of grilled cheese, for me at least, is in remembering those childlike feelings. It is comforting food!
If you don’t have an old family heirloom or sandwich press, you can still make a fabulous grilled cheese sandwich with nothing more than a frying pan. If you need to be told how to make a grilled cheese, this is probably your best bet. You can control the temperature and add more butter as it cooks if needed. Unlike hamburgers, if you’re a flipper (I’m so guilty), you can flip until perfection without fear.
Step It Up
There are seemingly endless ways to jazz up grilled cheese. If you’ve burned yourself out on the classic, I have some keto-friendly suggestions:
- Blue Cheese
- Feta Cheese
Now that you know a healthy way to work one of your favorite foods back into your diet, it will make sticking to your plan more manageable and way more delicious. The science behind keto says the best diet is high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbs. Once you get the right bread, you’re left with a lot of fat, fiber, and protein. Sounds keto (and tasty) to me! Of course, your body still needs carbs, just not nearly as many as we typically consume unrestricted. The perfect bread will always have some carbs, but they are negligible.