Post Workout Grilled Cheese & Fig Sandwich

July 31, 2013 · 13 comments

Thanks to some amazing food trucks, gourmet grilled cheeses are having a moment. While they sound delicious, I would be lying if I said I actually ordered them. I’d rather make my own using healthier alternatives like fresh fruit instead of sugary preserves, coconut oil instead of butter, Ezekial bread over processed garbage and portion controlled amounts of cheese. With these swaps, a grilled cheese doesn’t have to be a “cheat” meal but really a perfect snack before or after a workout! When I went sent The Laughing Cow’s newest wedge flavor, White Cheddar, I knew I had to experiment with one of my favorite combinations, fig and cheddar.

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One wedge has only 35 calories, 1.5 g of fat and 2 g of protein. It also is enough to totally cover a slice of bread. I decided to make a little workout snack so I just used one wedge and one slice of bread. Whole Foods turned me onto the fig and cheddar pairing with their delicious samples or fig jam by the antipasto bar. IMG 0367Last week, I bought fresh figs for the first time ever at Trader Joe’s. I can’t believe I held out this long. I was really missing out. I love dried figs, but the fresh ones are most satisfying and surprisingly juicy. I’m an Ezekial bread gal so choosing what to put my grilled cheese on was a no brainer. There are 80 calories in one slice plus 4g of protein and 14 g of carbs, 3 g are fiber.

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I sliced the figs as fine as I could and layer them on top of the cheese spread nicely. This would have tasted fine without the grilling process.

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I only placed them on one side of the Ezekial bread because I planned to fold it over. If you were to use two pieces of bread for a lunch or fun breakfast, I would use 2 wedges and 2 fresh figs. IMG 0375

I sprayed the pan that was heating up on medium heat with my Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil cooking spray and then placed the decorated slice of bread on top for about 3-5 minutes. IMG 0376

After it was crispy, I cut the slice of now toast in half and smooshed the sides together for a creamy and delicious smelling treat!IMG 0378

The toast was slightly burnt because I lost track of time answering emails but I like my sandwiches grilled well. IMG 0381

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This is a great little snack to have before or after a workout with a great protein to carb ratio that will help rebuild your muscles and also restore your energy levels without being too heavy. You can have this even for breakfast or as a mid day snack if you work from home like me. If you are on the Tone It Up diet plan this recipe is good for meals 1, 2, or 3.

Total nutrition: 145 calories, 3 g fat, 20 g carbs, 6g protein, 5g sugar, 4g of fiber.

Editor note that you already know but the FTC makes me include here: I am an official brand advocate for Bel Brands in 2013. While I receive compensation for participation as a brand advocate, opinions are my own.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brienne July 31, 2013 at 11:23 am

Wow! That looks so yummy! I love seeing healthy swaps for comfort foods! Definitely will have to try this when I find some dairy-free cheese! Thanks for sharing :)

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2 Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run} July 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

I ADORE figs! mmm.

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3 Cathy July 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

It looks like the laughing cow cheese melted…I have never tried to melt spreadable cheese but it looks like it was successful! How did you like the new flavor?

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4 Sarah July 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Yes! I make grilled cheeses with TLC all the time especially with tuna melts :)

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5 Livi July 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm

yum! I actually just tried fresh figs for the first time a few months ago and ever since I have been looking for more ways to use them! I can’t wait to try this :) !

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6 Sarah July 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Salads with goat cheese too!

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7 Jentry N July 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Oh my goodness I’ve never thought of using those wedges on my griled cheese, that is such a great idea! So many flavors you could play around with! Thanks for the tip! :)

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8 Renee July 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I NEED to make this!! I totally agree- I have grilled cheeses all the time, but I like to make them myself. This combo sounds absolutely amazing though!… I also like mine a little burnt :-X haha

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9 Marie-Pier July 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Can you freeze Ezekiel bread like normal bread?

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10 Sarah July 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Yes! I always do.

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11 Nicole August 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

YUM! I love figs and making healthy grilled cheeses too!

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12 Aline August 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hi Sarah, I’ve been following you for a little while now (I’m also a Boston girl) and I love your blog/Facebook/instagram. It would be great if you had a printable link for recipes, even though I feel like they are always great and so simple to make that you wouldn’t even need to print it :) You are great!

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13 Olivia Gregory August 7, 2013 at 4:35 am

I love the Laughing Cow’s cheese. And figs- yum!

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