Keep the Cheese

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What are your New Years Resolutions? Are you trying to cut calories and lose weight? Well today is National Cheese Lovers Day, and I would definitely categorize myself as a cheese lover. For all my fellow lovers, I wanted to share some tricks to keep cheese in your diet, even if your resolutions have trimmed your calories a bit.

Now you may think that cheese is just too high in calories, but here are 3 ways you can enjoy cheese and a shrinking waist line together. Sound to good to be true?

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First, if you are watching calories, you can opt for low-fat cheeses. Choose part-skim mozzarella, or reduced fat cheddar, swiss, or ricotta. These may be labeled as 2% or low-fat.

Second, try using sharper cheeses and use less. Cheeses that have been aged, develop a strong rich flavor, so a little goes a long way. Naturally aged cheeses like Parmesan, Asiago, or Gouda pack great flavor in small quantities.

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Finally, if lower fat or reduced amounts just don’t work for you, take joy that cheese can actually help you eat less. In a study by Brian Wansink at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, children who snacked on veggies with cheese, ate fewer calories and were satisfied more quickly than children who ate other snack options. In addition to calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin A, cheese provides protein and fat, two ingredients that boost satiety (make you feel satisfied sooner and full longer). So along with your fruits and veggies eat some cheese and enjoy the new year!

Megan

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