Cheese Grits

They may not sound like the ultimate health food, but all those dense carbs can go a long way toward fueling you up.

Cheese Grits
Charles Masters

Cheese grits aren’t usually considered the ultimate go-to fitness food. But maybe it’s time we start: They have a pretty solid balance of protein, carbs, and fat, and they’re exactly the kind of dense carbs that your body can digest for a long time. It’s the perfect meal for sustained energy throughout the day.

Nutrition: Calories: 145; Protein: 11g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Total fat: 2g; Fiber: 0g. 

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Cook time

20 min.

  • 2 Tbsp stone-ground corn grits
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fat-free evaporated milk
  • 2 Tbsp low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Diced green and red pepper (optional)

Bring half a cup of water to boil. Stir in grits, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring frequently for 10 mins. 

Stir in salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp milk. Reduce heat to low and stir until milk is absurbed and grits thicken, about 2 minutes, then repeat with rest of milk. 

Remove pot from heat, stir in cheese, and serve. (Optional: Top with diced peppers, as shown in photo.)