How to enjoy cheese, AND lose weight!

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

I think most people would agree that cheese is one of life’s great pleasures. Unfortunately, it earns a bad reputation thanks to its (typically) high calorie, fat, saturated fat and sodium content. A 30g (1 oz) serving of hard cheese (equivalent to 2 dominos) has about 120 calories, so it can add up quite quickly!

The good news is you can fit cheese into your healthy eating plan without the guilt. With the help of some “light” cheeses on the market, and a couple of simple tips, you can easily have your cheese and eat it too! Here’s what we recommend:

  • Invest in a food scale to keep portions in check. The only way to really know what 30g (1 oz) of cheese looks like is to weigh it!
  • Grate your cheese…30g looks like a lot more grated then it does sliced
  • Opt for cheeses with 20% M.F. or less on the food label.
  • Look for the following cheeses on the market that have between 4-13% M.F. and ½ the calories than regular cheese:

1. Dama Light Brie – 12% M.F. (Safeway)

2. PC Blue Menu Light Brie – 12% M.F. (Superstore, No Frills)

3. Allegro – 4% M.F.  A firm, mild, cheddar-like cheese (Most grocery stores)

4. Elite Goats Cheese – 6% M.F. (Safeway, Whole Foods, Choices) 

5. Light Laughing Cow Cheese – Spreadable cheese (Most grocery stores)

6. Paradise Island Skim Milk Cheese – 7% M.F. Available in cheddar & parmesan (Thrifty’s Foods)

7. Light Baby Bell Cheese - 8% M.F. Individually wrapped ‘munching’ cheese (Found just about everywhere!)