Cheese is a delicious way to get more calcium and protein into your diet. But if you are trying to watch your weight it can be hard to reconcile eating such a high fat, high calorie food. Luckily there are some great low-calorie cheese choices that can help you keep your bones strong without packing on the pounds.
Goat cheese – Goat cheese is a naturally low-fat cheese with a mild, salty flavor that goes great on veggie pizza or in pasta dishes. At only 76 calories per ounce, its big taste means a little goes a long way.
Cream cheese – Cream cheese is wonderful to enrich sandwiches and stir fries. It has a mild creamy flavor and texture, and is only 35 calories per tablespoon for the whipped variety.
Grana Padano cheese – Grana Padano cheese is a hard cheese that is reminiscent of Parmagiano Reggiano, but with far fewer calories. It has a nutty flavor that is wonderful on salad or pasta, or a small wedge alone with a glass of wine makes a great snack. At 55 calories per 1/2 ounce, a little of this tangy, sharp cheese goes a long way.
Feta cheese – Feta cheese, a delightfully crumbly, soft and tangy Greek cheese, is a wonderful low-calorie option for big flavors. A 1.33 ounce wedge contains only 100 calories and it is delicious on a big tossed romaine and strawberry salad with walnuts.
Cottage cheese – Cottage cheese, that long-standing diet staple, is a delicious cheese to eat with tomatoes, with peaches or pineapple or on a bed of lettuce. At only 116 calories per 4 ounces, cottage cheese can be the perfect base for a delightful low-calorie lunch.
Eating healthfully doesn’t mean eating bland, tasteless food. These cheeses will give you a lot of flavor bang for you buck and will help you stay on track to a healthier lifestyle. Try these cheeses today; your taste buds, and your waistline, will thank you.