Whether you consider yourself a cheese connoisseur or just a lover of all things cheesy, your favorite dairy product does not have to be banished away from the foods you love.
Reduced fat cheeses and lower-fat options make for healthier cheese that is missing some of the calories and fat.
Some of the lower-fat cheese options include Parmesan, Feta, Goat, Mozzarella, and Neufchatel. Not only that, but you can usually find reduced fat varieties of your favorites like Cheddar and Swiss.
- Cheeses (especially aged cheeses) are one of the only dairy foods that lactose intolerant people can enjoy.
- Low-fat cheeses provide the same flavor and similar micronutrients (calcium, phosphorous, etc.) for less overall calories and saturated fat.
- Cheese can be an excellent source of protein for both vegetarians and meat-eaters, usually containing 5-7 grams of protein per ounce.
Best Ways to Use
- Add a thin slice of almost any variety of semi-soft cheese to apple slices.
- Create a roll-up of deli sliced turkey breast and cheese.
- Top whole-grain bruschetta with freshly diced tomatoes and a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
- Mix fat-free cream cheese with a can of salmon and a dash or two of smoke flavor.
- Top a sweet potato with low-fat cottage cheese and steamed broccoli.
- Pair gorgonzola with dried figs, apricots, and pears.
- Top a bowl of berries with small slices of Brie.