Go Ahead, Cut the Cheese
Who doesn’t love cheese? Itâ€™s creamy, gooey and 100% delicious! Unfortunately, itâ€™s also nearly 75% fat, most of which is saturated. And honey, that ainâ€™t the good kind. Just one cubic inch of cheddar (think partyÂ tray cube) has 110 calories, 9 grams of fat (81 calories from fat) and 6 grams of saturated fat (54 calories). Sure, it’s easy to keep popping those cute little cubes… but after just five cubes down the gullet, you’re out a quick 550 calories.
Make it a low-fat version, and youâ€™ll rack up 47 calories and 2 grams of fat (one gram saturated) per cube (or 235 calories for five cubes). Don’t just leave this trick at the party; take it to your sandwiches, omelettes, dips, and toppings too.
Or, if youâ€™re a cheese purist and wouldnâ€™t dare dream of substituting anything for your rich, creamy cheese, you can still keep things on the skinny by making a conscious effort to cut back on how much cheese you eat each day.
If cheese is one of your main sources of calcium, make sure youâ€™re still getting calcium somewhere else in your diet. Low-fat or fat-free yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, supplying up to half the recommended daily allowance for this slimming, bone-building mineral.