7 Lighter Options for Cheese Lovers

Cheddar, 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. Here are some real cheese options that are naturally lower in calories.

Parmesan: 20 calories per tablespoon

2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan will set you back only 40 calories. Use this cheese to add a burst of umami flavor to soups and pasta.

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. Some brands to try: Valbresco, Mt. Vikos, and Athenos.

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Goat Cheese: 75 calories per ounce

This creamy cheese has about the same amount of calories as feta. The flavor 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.


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 on a grilled cheese. Add basil and sun-dried tomato spread for a delicious treat.

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!

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Camembert: 85 calories/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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