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Old 04-03-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Been using grated cheddar cheese and LOOOOVE it but of course would like something lower calorie ounce for ounce. Mozarella's just too mild.
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This doesn't exactly address your request in terms of lowering the calorie count ounce for ounce, but if you're interested in the "a little goes a long way" variety, you could try some of the stronger cheeses like extra sharp cheddar or goat. My go-to is 1/4 cup of crumbled feta for about 80 calories. I find that it gets into just about every bite with the small crumbled bits, with lots of flavor. Rarely is there not a container of crumbled feta in the fridge!

And if you don't mind spending the money, grating from a well-aged wedge of parmesan is heavenly in my opinion.
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This doesn't exactly address your request in terms of lowering the calorie count ounce for ounce, but if you're interested in the "a little goes a long way" variety, you could try some of the stronger cheeses like extra sharp cheddar or goat. My go-to is 1/4 cup of crumbled feta for about 80 calories. I find that it gets into just about every bite with the small crumbled bits, with lots of flavor. Rarely is there not a container of crumbled feta in the fridge!

And if you don't mind spending the money, grating from a well-aged wedge of parmesan is heavenly in my opinion.
*mouth waters!!*
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Reduced fat feta by (I think) Athenos. Couldn't have my salad without it!
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I like a tiny bit of blue. But just a smidgen.
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I use Bleu cheese. 90 calories for 1/4 cup and loads of taste!
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:25 AM   #7
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And if you don't mind spending the money, grating from a well-aged wedge of parmesan is heavenly in my opinion.
haha..I totally agree
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A bit of organic feta really adds!
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Hands down, sheep milk feta. 70-80 calories per oz. And amazing. It's crumbly like goat cheese, but with a creamier mouth-feel and less tang/salt.
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I eat salad 6/7 days a week, and love them. My go to cheeses are the STRONG ones, which have already been mentioned: feta, goat, and blue. Go to the deli section of your supermarket and see what they have there - often you can find a specialty cheese case that has different cheeses from the mass market ones over the dairy aisle.
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Now that is what I'm talking about peeps! Salads rule!
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Ian!

Any beer flavored cheese toppings? haha!

Yea i eat a HUUUUGE salad 5-6 X a week, it takes awhile to eat it and it satisfies! I usually have 1/2 romaine and 1/2 assorted spring greens in a huge mixing bowl and add 1/2 avocado, grilled chopped seasoned chicken breast, a handful of different veggies, fat free Italian (yes i know, not the best in clean eating but it keeps the cal count waaaay down and i add the fat back in w/the avocado) and i usually add in a small handful of grated cheddar, thus the inquiry on how i can lower the calorie count with a different cheese, looks like Feta or Sheep cheese may be the answer, i'll look into grated parmesan.

Really want to get that 120 cheddar cheese cal count down !
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Any beer flavored cheese toppings? haha!
Not that I have found. Sigh. But I keep looking.

I have yet to mix beer with salad. That would be a bit like mixing breakfast with lunch (brunch?). But so far I have kept the two separate.
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I haven't tried feta, but you guys are making me want to! I do love sharp and extra sharp cheddar... Yum!
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Queso fresco is amazing! Smoked cheeses like swiss, cheddar, and provolone add a lot of flavor even if you don't use a whole lot. And I agree with everyone else about feta.
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