The Weight Watchers program is probably the easiest diet plan to follow for the main reason that it doesn’t rule out any food group or food type. This program encourages you to still eat what you love and lose weight at the same time. The trick is to eat ZeroPoint foods in combination with foods with SmartPoint values to live a healthy happy life. Skinless chicken breast, eggs, and seafood are examples of zero point foods that are both nutritional and satisfying. There are so many factors that need to be considered to help in your weight loss plan. Experts always suggest checking your portion sizes and eating foods that are low in calories and energy density. On top of that, high protein intake is known to speed up weight loss, and that’s where cheese comes in.
Low-Fat Cheese for Weight Watchers
Apart from being a rich source of protein, cheese is delicious and full of nutrients, including vitamins A and D and calcium. Many diet plans forbid against eating full-fat cheese, but on the Weight Watchers program, all cheese can be eaten as long as you don’t overdo it.
Here are some of the best cheese with fewer SmartPoints values that you can enjoy without feeling guilty.
Hard and grainy. This is the best description for the Pecorino Romano cheese. It has a distinct sharp and salty flavor and can be added to pasta or fruit. This cheese is a by-product of sheep’s milk. You’d want to limit your intake of this cheese to avoid too much sodium.
Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss
This cheese is low in calorie and has a PointsPlus value of only 1 per wedge. The cheeses can be used on your breakfast meals, on a snack or inserted into a patty made from seasoned extra lean beef.
Feta cheese comes in a variety of textures and flavors. You can get the crumbly, creamy, sour or tangy Feta cheese depending on your preferences. It’s low-fat and made from sheep’s milk. Feta makes a delicious addition if crumbled on cooked vegetables, omelets, casseroles and even on salads. If you find it too salty, soak briefly in fresh water and you’re good to go! Feta cheese has zero SmartPoints values per 28g or one oz serving.
This is a well-known variety of cheese that originated from Cheddar, a village in England. The process itself is known as ‘cheddaring’ which gives it the unique dry texture. Cheddar cheese is best eaten on its own, unlike other cheeses which are melted onto recipes. Cheddar cheese’s flavor becomes sharp the more it ages. The Velveeta Slices Sharp Cheddar packs only 45 calories per slice which is equivalent to only one SmartPoint per slice. For a fat-free cheddar, go for Kraft Fat-Free Cheddar, which has zero SmartPoints per Oz or 28 grams.
Blue cheese sports a distinct blue and green appearance and a unique taste that has a salty flavor. Each country has its own favorite blue cheese and can be made from cow milk, sheep milk or goat milk. Blue cheeses are versatile and can be added to omelets, salads or on your favorite burger. Try the Frigo Crumbled Blue Cheese which has three SmaprtPoints per 28g or one oz.
The garden-variety of Gouda cheese is not as popular as the aged varieties, which tend to have more flavor and you’ll even get a hint of spice in them. Aged Gouda cheese has a deep caramel color and is also best enjoyed on its own.
If you’re not into cow’s milk, then goat cheese is your next best friend. They contain low fat and low calorie per gram. You can opt for the fresh or young cheeses which have milder flavors but are also creamier. Or you can go for the aged varieties which have a deeper salty flavor. Goat cheeses are best used on salads or added to baked potatoes.
If you’re looking for an extremely versatile cheese, this Swiss Cheese should be your first choice. When young, the cheese has a fruity and nutty taste. The flavor turns earthy as it ages. You can grate the cheese and use it practically on any food, including salads, with slices of apples or pears, or melted into your favorite foods like French onion soup.
When choosing cheese, read the label carefully to check the ingredients used. You’d want to avoid cheeses with high-sodium content. Likewise, look for cheeses that have fewer calories to keep your weight in check. Keep in mind that, while cheese is delicious and healthy, control is key. Having too many cheeses too often will give you a hard time if your primary goal is weight loss.
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