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Secret pleasures: Lazy Girl's Toasted Cheese Sandwich - 171 calories

I have a secret that I'm not proud of - I love Kraft American singles. I know a lot of people look down on Kraft Singles for not being "real" cheese. But I grew up eating it and for years I did not even know that it was a "cheese food" or whatever they have to call it. It melts wonderfully, it's salty, and has that cheese puff cheese taste that I love.

I've been having a hell of a time trying to get full today. My upper body workout really wiped me out. I did some serious assisted dips and have been killing it on my cable rows and shoulder presses. I've already had some leftover pasta and bolognese sauce (330 cal) and 5 best ever fish sticks (major Costco win - 309 cal) with cilantro dip . But I'm still starving. So I'm pulling in a childhood favorite.

I don't eat it often (any more). But when I do it's oh so good. I figure I deserve a little treat before my next Fast Day.

Lazy Girl's Toasted Cheese Sandwich: (171 calories)


  • 2 slice of soft, fluffy, bad for you, full of sugar, white bread (100 cal)
  • 1 Kraft Single American (60 cal)
  • 1 tsp Spicy Brown Mustard (5 cal)
  • 10 g Cilantro Yogurt Dip (6 cal)


  • Assemble all the ingredients except for the Cilantro Dip. 
  • Pop in the toaster oven, toast until desired brown-ness. 
  • Cut into quarters and dip into sauce.

You barely need teeth to eat this afternoon snack!


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