With virtually zero carbs and loads of protein, cheese is a remarkably nutritious food -- in moderation. Here's how to keep it healthy.

  from Magic Foods

To make cheese last longer in the fridge, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out and change the wrapping each time you use the cheese to keep mold from taking hold.

Menu Magic

  • Serve cheese and fruit as an appetizer or a snack or even dessert. Mix and match flavors and textures. Try cheddar with sliced apples, Brie with pears, shaved Parmesan with Asian pears, or cottage cheese with peaches.
  • Pack string cheese in your briefcase or purse for a low-fat, high-protein hunger tamer.
  • Add feta or goat cheese to omelets.
  • Create a salad with shredded Swiss, diced seedless grapes, chopped pecans, and chopped fresh basil. Serve with whole wheat crackers.
  • Make an easy toaster-oven pizza by topping a whole wheat pita with tomato sauce, part-skim mozzarella, and a vegetable of your choice and cooking until the cheese melts.

Perfect Portion: A serving of cheese is a scant 1 ounce (30 g).
For hard cheese, that’s about the size of two board-game dice. Cheese calorie counts range from a low of about 72 per serving for part-skim mozzarella to a high of about 130 per serving for Parmesan.

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