I eat a lot of different low fat and non fat cheese and dairy products whether it is for a snack or for use in my cooking. One of my favorite low fat cheeses is a light version of the Babybel minis made by a company called the Laughing Cow. I grew up eating the full fat version of these yummy cheeses, so I was delighted when Laughing Cow came out with a light version (which is still delicious despite being light) that is only 50 calories, and 1 weight watchers point. Like the original version, the light version comes wrapped in red wax, so even unwrapping the cheese itself is a fun experience! I sometimes eat one of these cheeses after dinner in lieu of a sweet dessert, or I eat one in the afternoon for a quick dairy fix and high protein snack. I find that they are not only tasty, but they are also pretty filling considering their petite size (note, the light babybels are the same size as the regular babybels).
In lieu of posting more about low fat cheese (I'll pick up this topic in a later posting, with more suggestions), I decided to use the rest of this post to share with you a list of tips my friend Laura and I put together to help guide you in integrating low fat and non fat dairy into your cooking/dishes. We hope you find it helpful!
- Use slices of non-fat cheese on cold sandwiches, or shred it and use it as a topping for salads.
- Top baked potatoes, strawberries, or soup with non-fat sour cream. Or make it into a yummy cold onion dip for veggies.
- Pour skim milk or 40 calorie almond milk into your low calorie cereal or coffee.
- Enjoy a yummy snack of non-fat Greek yogurt topped with frozen berries, freeze dried fruit, some low calorie cookie buttons, or other fruit in season.
Low or Reduced-Fat:
- Stir low-fat sour cream or yogurt into sauces or soups right at the end of cooking to give them a thicker, creamier texture.
- Use low-fat cheese when you need to melt a lot of it, like in a lasagna, on boca spicy chicken patties, or in mac and cheese.
- Substitute 1% milk or sour cream for full-fat in any baked goods.
- Use low-fat mayo (I haven't blogged about my favorite low calorie mayo yet but will soon!) in cold salads like tuna and chicken.
- Generally stick with regular butter in baked goods, since margarine or light butter can dramatically throw off the texture of cookies or cakes, unless the person who wrote the recipe swears they know what they were doing!