Remember the commercial where the woman’s diet eliminated cheese and her comment was, “Cheese, I love cheese.” That’s my take also. I really like cheese but it does contain saturated fats and many calories.
4. Be choosy about cheese.
The sharp cheeses give more flavor with less cheese. We prefer the sharp, even the extra sharp cheddar. Charlene doesn’t like the nonfat cheese. But we did buy some reduced fat sharp cheddar for a broccoli soup. It wasn’t very cheesy.
The problem with cheese is the calories. One (1) ounce of cheddar is about 114 calories and 9.4 grams of fat. Reduced fat cheese is about 81 calories and 6.1 grams of fat for one (1) ounce, and non-fat cheese is about 42 calories and .2 grams fat. Cheese can add up the calories quickly.
We like shredded Parmesan cheese on our Caesar Salads. We put on about 2 tablespoons for about 42 calories. A taste is better for you than a big chunk.
We use fat-free cream cheese on occasion. It’s only 27 calories an ounce. We spread it on whole wheat English muffins. Add some fruit and two or three egg whites and you have a low-calorie, healthy breakfast.
For a snack in the past, we have had Laughing Cow cheese or mini Babybel cheese. Also reduced fat string cheese make a good snack.
Though we had to cut back considerably on cheese, (Sorry cows) we still get a taste of it every now and then.