6 Low-Calorie Options for Cheese Lovers That Are Still Delicious

Cheddar cheese, Swiss and other hard cheeses pack over 100 calories per ounce. As cheese lovers we know the calories add up, but no one wants to trade the delicious taste for rubbery low-fat cheeses.

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Parmesan: 20 calories per tablespoon

Two tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese will set you back only 40 calories. Use this cheese to add a burst of umami flavour to soups and pasta, like this Roasted Butternut Squash with Parmesan.

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Feta cheese: 75 calories per ounce

Feta is a tangy alternative to more fatty cheeses. Just a half ounce will transform a salad. Different types of feta have different calories, so check the label. Each variety of feta tastes deliciously unique. Try it in this Chicken-Stuffed Peppers with Feta recipe.

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Goat cheese: 75 calories per ounce

This creamy cheese has about the same amount of calories as feta. The flavour of goat cheese varies by type, but it is generally tangy like yogurt. Goat cheese is perfectly suited for spreading on a sandwich. Replace mayonnaise with this protein-filled spread. Reinvent mac-and-cheese by whipping up this Speedy Macaroni and Goat Cheese entree.

There’s no better time than now to questions your current habits and make different food choices

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Mozzarella cheese: 70-85 calories per ounce

Part skim: 70 calories per ounce
If you’re using a lot of cheese, think lasagna, this might be the more healthful choice. However, for 15 more calories per ounce, whole milk Mozzarella is more satisfying.

Whole milk: 85 calories per ounce
Try this instead of cheddar in this delectable Poutine Grilled Cheese sandwich for a delicious treat.

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Neufchatel cheese: 70 calories per ounce

This spreadable cheese is the ultimate antidote to fattier cream cheese. Philadelphia brand’s 1/3 less fat cream cheese is this type of cheese. You won’t miss the fat and Neufchatel actually tastes better! Use it in this Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe.

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Camembert: 85 calories per ounce

Try this cousin to Brie with crackers and fruit. Camembert is made in a similar way to the creamy cheese but has 10 fewer calories.

Calorie information from nutritiondata.com.

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