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luvja
10-14-2008, 09:08 PM
tonight I was craving cheese. So I cut up some cheese, about 4 or 5 strips from a brick of medium chedder, and cut up a honey crisp apple and made a little snack of it. Not healthy at all, I know(the chedder part). I'm wondering about FF or low fat cheeses? what are some good ones? I've never bought any FF or low fat cheese. I remember my Mom telling me FF cheese is discusting... suggestions wanted!


misserica3
10-14-2008, 09:11 PM
Yea, I think Fat Free cheese is pretty gross... no gonna lie about that! But if I have a recipe that calls for cheese, I usually try to use 96% fat free. (I can't remember which brand it is) At least it doesn't taste as horrible as Fat Free.

LindseyLouWho
10-14-2008, 09:16 PM
I usually just use the full fat stuff and use less. If you use a cheese with a strong taste, like a very sharp cheddar or feta, for example, you get a lot of flavor for a relatively small amount.

If I'm making a recipe where I need to use a lot of cheese (like in a casserole or something), I might use the Kraft 2% reduced fat cheese... but never the fat free. The fat free is just too far removed from the real thing, both in ingredients and in taste, to me. Mozzarella is generally a pretty good choice when it comes to lower fat cheeses... they're usually part-skim to begin with.


Tai
10-14-2008, 09:18 PM
You might like the low fat cheeses by Sargento. I've had both the swiss and cheddar and thought they were really good.

WebRover
10-14-2008, 09:22 PM
I've never been able to enjoy ff cheese - and it just doesn't behave right in terms of melting. However, I am able to enjoy low fat cheeses - at least 2%. That seems to make a huge difference in flavor, texture and "behavior".

luvja
10-14-2008, 09:29 PM
hmmm, thanks everyone. I haven't seen a good review on FF cheese yet! maybe it is discusting, Mom was right! lol

kittycat40
10-14-2008, 09:29 PM
That sounds like a very healthy snack to me :)

luvja
10-14-2008, 09:31 PM
That sounds like a very healthy snack to me :)


Well, I'm pretty sure on the back of the cheese pack, it said 130 cals for a 1.something inch cube... haha. :o

CountingDown
10-14-2008, 09:33 PM
I really don't like FF cheese. I agree with the other posters - eat less of a cheese that will satisfy you. I like low fat string, Laughing Cow, and a few 2% cheddars. I usually buy good deli cheeses (hard, flavorful ones) and use a grinder to shred them. I get a lot of flavor for very few calories :)

And - I disagree with the comment that full fat cheese is unhealthy. As a vegetarian, I incorporate cheese in my diet quite often. Moderation is the key.

kittycat40
10-14-2008, 09:40 PM
Well, I'm pretty sure on the back of the cheese pack, it said 130 cals for a 1.something inch cube... haha. :o

OK, so with your apple it is a 200 cal snack. totally fine.
But maybe they were large strips? Again, OK, now you know how to satisfy this craving in a way that fits with your plan.

It's all a matter of tweaking. ;)

:hug:

Wolf Goddess
10-14-2008, 10:17 PM
I like Cabot's 1% sharp cheddar - it still has regular cheese taste and texture, with a good bit less fat and calories. I've also used Kraft and Sargento's 2% cheeses, which are really good as well. I do use some fat free cream cheese in light white sauces for body, and I've used fat-free feta in fritattas, but those are the only two I've found tolerable.

Starrynight
10-14-2008, 10:33 PM
Ohh I love cheese. I can't eat fat-free cheese b/c it never satisfies my cheese cravings.. in fact I end up eating more of it but not enjoy it, so I agree with what everyone said about just having smaller portions of full-fat/low-fat cheese.
Personally, I love Queso blanco (frying cheese). It's a good snack, and I LOVE cheesy stuff like cheez-it's b/c of the crunchiness, and frying cheese is a pretty good substitute, you could dip it in salsa or in fruit preserves. I've had strips dipped in gaucamole on the side with a salad. Definitely made my lunch more satisfying.

stacylambert
10-15-2008, 12:34 AM
Cheese isn't unhealthy, just calorie dense. There's nothing wrong with having it in moderation. If you had a serving size with an apple, that's a healthy 200 calorie snack. Nothing wrong with that. I buy regular full fat cheese if I'm eating it on its own. Sometimes I buy the 2% stuff, like for recipes and sandwiches.

BlueToBlue
10-15-2008, 03:12 AM
Trader Joe's sells a reduced-fat Brie (70 calories per serving) that is great; I'm not sure I could tell the difference between it and regular Brie, but then I'm not a cheese aficionado.

I also like the Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar for melting and cooking, but it's a little dry when eaten cold.

And I love the Laughing Cow cheese wedges (35 calories each) and Allouette reduced-fat spreadable cheeses (50 calories per ounce). I think both would taste great with an apple.

I also like reduced fat feta (I buy Trader Joe's light feta, which is 40 calories per ounce).

I will sometimes use completely fat free cheese in recipes, but it has to be a recipe where the cheese isn't super important because it definitely doesn't taste as good and doesn't melt well. And I agree that it's pretty disgusting when eaten by itself cold or on sandwiches.

WebRover
10-15-2008, 04:01 AM
I've only eaten the laughing cow cheese wedges spread on something. Barbara, it sounds like you might eat them straight but I may be reading that into your description. I guess it seems to me it would be like eating cream cheese alone, which doesn't appeal to me. Does anyone eat the wedges without spreading them on something?

creativename
10-15-2008, 04:15 AM
Personally, I've always found 2% Reduced-Fat cheese to be pretty good, like Kraft and Borden.

beth4365
10-15-2008, 06:01 AM
Another great post.... It looks like I've been wrong and just might be able to eat cheese. Just need to find the right one!

Thanks for the post!

azmom
10-15-2008, 05:25 PM
I LOVE the Presidente brand of fat-free feta. To me it tast EXACTLY like "real" feta. I use in salads, omelettes, tacos, etc.

leela0730
10-15-2008, 06:28 PM
Hear, Hear, the Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar is great!! I absolutely adore cheese, it's something I refuse to deny myself....and I agree with everyone else, ff cheese is pretty gross...it doesn't melt like "real" cheese, and the flavor is just too "off" for me. But reduced fat cheese is good. For good ol' "cheese and crackers" I used the Reduced Fat Cabot cheddar and kashi whole grain crackers. I even use the Cabot RF cheese in homemade mac n cheese, in sandwiches, etc. Also, the Laughing Cow cheese spread is really good too. I like the garlic-herb variety on whole grain crackers for a snack. The 2% cheese sticks from Kraft and Sargento are great too, but those are a little too high in points for my daily points budget.

Sometimes I just have full-fat cheese if it's in a special meal, or if it's on a weekend when I used my Flex points.

stacylambert
10-16-2008, 12:22 AM
Webrover, I've eaten the laughing cow plain. It's not like cream cheese at all IMO. It's more like a regular cheese, but super creamy, if that makes sense.

girl81
10-16-2008, 08:33 AM
I used to love ff cheese (of course, we were raised on pretty much ff dairy). Smartbeat was my fave. I cut it out when I cut out processed foods.

JerseyGyrl
10-16-2008, 12:24 PM
Interesting article regarding full-fat cheese :)
http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/health_benefits_of_full_fat_cheese/index.php

luvja
10-16-2008, 12:42 PM
Interesting article regarding full-fat cheese :)
http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/health_benefits_of_full_fat_cheese/index.php





Hmm, interesting article. Thanks for posting.

JulieJ08
10-16-2008, 12:44 PM
I tried the Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar, and I thought it was so tasteless. I'm glad it's working for other peopl.

peachcake
10-16-2008, 01:00 PM
I buy shredded sargento reduced fat 2% cheeses for cooking for for my "tuna melts". But when I am eating it plain or with cheese and crackers I really prefer the full fat medium cheddar. THe difference of the ones I use is 110cals for 1in cube for full fat vs. 80 cals for in cube of 2% reduced fat so the difference is not really that great. Sometime when I'm REALLY craving cheese I cut a one-inch cube and just eat it. It does the trick!

And I think apple and cheese is a VERY healthy snack, just make sure you stick to serving sizes!

BlueToBlue
10-16-2008, 01:45 PM
I've only eaten the laughing cow cheese wedges spread on something. Barbara, it sounds like you might eat them straight but I may be reading that into your description. I guess it seems to me it would be like eating cream cheese alone, which doesn't appeal to me. Does anyone eat the wedges without spreading them on something?

No, I don't eat the wedges straight. I have heard that some people eat them that way, but I don't really like them that way. I spread them on something (like a low carb wrap or an sandwich), dip something in them (like apple slices), or cook with them (omelets, pasta, squash, etc.). So even though I don't eat them straight, I have lots of different ways to incorporate them into my meals and snacks.

I will eat the Laughing Cow cheese bites straight (the little cubes of cheese).

zeffryn
10-16-2008, 06:58 PM
Cabots reduced fat white cheddar is great. Laughing cow wedges are good spread on an apple slice or celery stick. Also, considering those bricks are usually 8 oz. bricks.....you probably didn't eat as much as you think you did.

Apples and cheese are a great snack...I usually have half an apple and an oz. of cheese for a snack in the afternoon. It really cuts the sweets cravings and the protein helps keep me full until dinner.

All in moderation, dear.

WebRover
10-16-2008, 09:43 PM
Jersey Girl - interesting article.
"when men ate a whopping 10 daily 1-ounce servings of full-fat cheese for 3 weeks"

Is that really saying 10 1 oz servings a day? 10 ounces of cheese. More than a block? 1000+ calories a day from cheese????

Thanks also to BlueToBlue and Stacy for the responses on the laughing cow.

JulieJ08
10-16-2008, 10:08 PM
Jersey Girl - interesting article.
"when men ate a whopping 10 daily 1-ounce servings of full-fat cheese for 3 weeks"

Is that really saying 10 1 oz servings a day? 10 ounces of cheese. More than a block? 1000+ calories a day from cheese????


Eh, it's impossible to tell what that study consisted of.