I like to think of myself as a very responsible person, but put me in a room with a block of cheese and I cannot be trusted. My mom says that as a baby I was most content eating pieces of cheese, and the same thing could be said about me today.
Cheese is definitely my favorite food. (Here’s what your favorite cheese says about your personality.) But while it’s high in protein and calcium, it can also be high in calories and fat. Here’s a break down of key nutrition data for some of the most popular cheeses per 1 oz. serving:
In my quest to lead a healthier lifestyle without sacrificing my favorite food, I try to eat the cheeses that give me the biggest bang for my buck (or calorie) in my meals. Don’t miss these lighter options for cheese lovers.
The cheeses that pack the most flavor also tend to the lowest in calories: blue, brie, feta, and goat. They all clock in at less than 100 calories per ounce. And because they are more flavorful, I am satisfied with smaller portions of them. One ounce of feta or blue cheese goes a lot further in taste than one ounce of cheddar will. Give it a try in your dinner tonight. Or try one of these 6 healthiest cheeses you can eat.
Here’s what a one-ounce serving of cheese looks like.