Cheese is one of the proteins you just can’t help but love! It’s absolutely delicious, incredibly versatile, and highly nutritious. It’s one of the best sources of calcium, and thanks to the fat in cheese, your body can absorb the calcium more easily.
Cheese contain all of the amino acids your body needs to produce energy for your muscles to use. It is one of the best proteins to help you build lean tissue, and it makes for one heck of a tasty addition to just about any meal.
Here is the protein you get in a few different types of cheeses:
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As you can see, there is quite a good deal of protein in cheese. Sadly, there’s also a bit of fat as well. This means that you have to be EXTRA careful with the amount of cheese you eat, particularly harder cheese (higher in fat).
But before you cut cheese from your diet altogether, here are a few ways to get all the protein you want from cheese without adding too many calories to your meals:
Use Cream Cheese Instead of Mayo
When making a sandwich, stop spreading mayonnaise on your bread and use cream cheese instead. You get that same creamy flavor, but without as many calories. For example, a spoonful of mayo contains 94 calories and 10 grams of fat. If you can find whipped cream cheese (a low-calorie version), you only get 30 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. A much lower-fat, lower calorie option, but a whole lot more delicious!
Use Mascarpone Instead of Butter
When buttering your toast in the morning, try mascarponing it instead. Each tablespoon of butter contains around 100 calories, but a tablespoon of mascarpone cheese only has 62 calories. It’s an excellent butter substitute, and it will give you all the calcium you could never get from margarine.
Snack on Cheese
Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, why not have an ounce of fresh mozzarella? It’s not only a whole lot tastier, but you’ll find that it’s much more filling as well. An ounce of mozzarella cheese only has 85 calories, while that bag of potato chips hovers around 200 to 300. You get six grams of protein in that single ounce of cheese, and the fat in the cheese will stop you from feeling hungry for hours to come!
Use Ricotta Instead of Cream
While there’s nothing quite as tasty as strawberries in crème fraiche, you’ll find that ricotta cheese makes for an excellent substitution. It’s a whole lot lower in calories–you get just 39 calories and 2 grams of fat in every ounce of part-skim ricotta, compared to 110 calories and 11 grams of fat in each ounce of cream–and there’s still that rich, creamy taste that goes so well with your desserts.
Use Cottage Cheese Instead of Hummus
Hummus and pita makes for a healthy snack, but you can cut calories a bit by adding cottage cheese into the mix instead of hummus. Hummus packs about 50 calories per ounce, but cottage cheese only has about 20. The taste is just as delicious, but that little bit of extra fat you get in the cottage cheese will stop you from being hungry for hours to come.
As you can see, there are many ways you can eat cheese and still keep your calories low. In fact, eating cheese has been proven to help quash your hunger pangs, making it easier for you to avoid overeating at your next meal. If you’re smart, you’ll add a bit more cheese to your diet today!