By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOK
Q. I'm obsessed with cheese. But I know the calories add up fast. Help!
A. The key is to find options that are low in calories but don't taste like it. These are some of my favorites-try one the next time a hunk of Brie is calling your name.
LIGHT STRING CHEESE is fun to pull apart and snack on alone, but you can also use the shreds instead of mozzarella cheese to top a personal-size pizza. Each stick has 50 to 60 calories. The built-in portion control is key.
IF YOU LIKE HARD CHEESES like cheddar but can't be trusted with an entire block, individually wrapped single-serving options are a great bet. The classic Mini Babybel cheese rounds are terrific, with only 50 calories for the light variety and 60 to 80 for regular ones. And I recently discovered Cabot Vermont Serious Snacking Reduced Fat Cheese Snacks, which have 50 or fewer calories each. The flavors-from zesty to super-spicy-are awesome.
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FOR SPREADABLE CHEESE, you can't beat the Laughing Cow Light wedges (35 calories, 1.5 to 2 grams of fat each). Try them on light bagels instead of regular cream cheese, or on apple slices or high-fiber crackers. They even work great as the base to a slimmed-down Alfredo sauce-just melt and mix with fat-free sour cream and reduced-fat Parmesan, either in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave.
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