According to the National Dairy Council, cheese is the second-highest source of dietary calcium for Americans. Over the past 40 years, cheese consumption in the U.S. has tripled to about 35 pounds of cheese per capita. Consuming cheese can be a great way to get other important nutrients such as protein and phosphorus. Cheese often gets a bad nutrition rap because of fat content, often as high as 70 percent of calories from total fat.
Cabot Creamery, now celebrating more than 90 years in business in Cabot, Vermont, has created delicious lower-fat cheddar cheese varieties that reduce fat without sacrificing flavor and melting properties. Cabot 50 percent Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheeses can be substituted in many recipes and tastes great as a snacking cheese. One ounce of this lighter cheese has 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat while providing 20 percent of the day's calcium needs.
Use Cabot 50 percent Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese in many ways this holiday season and save yourself 40 calories per ounce.
Cube it as part of a meat-and-cheese tray, combined with fresh veggies
Melt it on canaps or on top of appetizer pizzas (see recipe below)
Mix it in dips and casseroles
Sprinkle it on soups and salads
Skewer it on appetizer kabobs with fresh vegetables and a lean cooked meat
Cabot Cheese Apple Pitza
Serves 4 (1/2 pitza each)
All you need
1 Golden Delicious apple
2 tablespoons honey mustard
2 (7-inch) round whole-wheat pita
4 ounces Cabot 50 percent Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
All you do
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Cut apple into quarters and remove core from each quarter. Cut apples into very thin slices. Place in bowl and toss with honey mustard.
3. Place pita on baking sheet; arrange apple slices on top. Place under broiler for about 3 minutes or until apples begin to soften.
4. Sprinkle with cheese and return to broiler for a few more minutes until cheese is browned in spots. Cut into wedges to serve.
Nutrition information: 230 calories, 5 grams fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 820 mg sodium, 28 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams fiber and 20 grams protein
This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
Katie Wilhelmi is a registered dietitian at the Marshall Hy-Vee Food Store.