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01.20.12
 

Let's get right to it, shall we? There's a lot to say about our favorite cheesy eats, so read on... Hooray for cheese!

 
  Our Go-To Cheese Snacks!


The Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges

Devoted readers are well aware that this is pretty much our favorite cheese item of all time. But while we're constantly extolling the virtues of the Light Creamy Swiss variety and its potential for world domination, it's important to remember the other light flavors: Blue Cheese, Garlic & Herb, French Onion, Queso Fresco & Chipotle, and Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil! Each wedge has just 35 calories and 1.5 - 2g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*)... and each deserves to be devoured at some point.

Light String Cheese
There isn't one specific brand we stick to -- we tend to get the kinds by Sargento, Weight Watchers, and Frigo. Look for light string cheese with 50 - 60 calories and about 2.5g fat per stick (PointsPlus® value 1*). The best-tasting light string cheese ever is Weight Watchers Smoked Flavor. YUM!!! P.S. String cheese isn't just for snacking; we use it in recipes all the time, either pulled into strings or shredded in a food processor or blender. 

Mini Babybel
"Hungry Girl, you forgot to specify Light." Nope. Here's the thing: Mini Babybel Light does indeed rock, with just 50 calories and 3g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). However, there are many great varieties of regular Mini Babybel, and the stats are good too: Each piece has 60 - 80 calories and 5 - 6g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*). Choose from White Cheddar, Gouda, and more. Love 'em!

Cabot Vermont Serious Snacking Reduced Fat Cheese Snacks

Things to look for when you're scoping out the world of snackable cheese? Portion control, flavor variety, and reduced fat; sometimes you can find all three. That's why this line is a gold mine. There are spicy flavors and mild options too, with just 45 - 50 calories and 2 - 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*) per individually wrapped bar. Like we said... gold mine.

 
  What Is Your Cheese Need?


"I want something crunchy and cheesy!"
We recommend Cheddar Popchips (about 22 chips for 120 calories, 4g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 3*), Snack Factory Tuscan Three Cheese Pretzel Crisps (11 crackers for 110 calories, 1.5g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 3*), and Reduced Fat Cheez-Its (29 crackers for 130 calories, 4.5g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 4*). Good stuff!

"I need veggies; I WANT cheese." No sweat -- Green Giant makes tons of frozen products that pair veggies with cheese sauce, and they're shockingly low in calories and fat. One of our favorites, the Just for One Broccoli & Cheese Sauce, has only 40 calories and 1g fat (PointsPlus® value 1) per tray!

"I've got to have a swap for blue-box mac 'n cheese." We're familiar with the siren song of conventional macaroni and cheese... and have learned it's SO not worth it. Be prepared the next time a craving strikes: Order FiberGourmet Mac-mmm-Cheese, one impressive swap that's loaded with fiber. If you find yourself at the supermarket reaching for Kraft's blue box, dart over to the freezer aisle and look for Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Macaroni and Cheese Sauce with Broccoli. Or check out our recipes below... 

 
 
  Cheesy Recipe Roundup


All the cheese that you please...

Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese - A great basic recipe for vegged-up cheesy noodles!

Cheeseburger Mac Attack - Yes, it's another mac 'n cheese recipe. (That's it in the photo on the left!) This gets made in a slow cooker. Oooohhh...

Fancy Grilled Ham & Cheese, Sausage-Stuffed Breakfast Grilled Cheese, and Savory Pumpkin Grilled Cheese - Three of the crazy-coolest grilled cheeses around. You need to try at least one... AT LEAST.

Three-Cheese Chicken Cannelloni - We love chicken, but we triple-love it when it's stuffed with three guilt-free cheeses!

BLT-rific Mac 'n Cheese - This dish is packed with bacon AND vegetables -- that's balance, people.

Four-Cheese Stuffed-Silly Mushrooms - Four cheeses. FOUR. Stuffed into mushrooms. There is nothing wrong with any of this.

Turnip the Disco Fries - Turn up the flavor, turn down the fat. These cheesy fries are like music to our taste buds.

 

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CHEW ON THIS:

It's National Cheese Lovers' Day, January 20th! With all of the cheesy goodness presented in today's email, what more could you need?

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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