Dieters often believe the best way to lose weight is to cut out dairy-rich food – especially cheese.
True, lots of cheeses are high in fat, sodium and calories. But it turns out, cheese can actually help you shred the extra kilos if you eat it right.
1. Cottage cheese
If you’re looking to lose inches and build up muscle then cottage cheese is a great alternative, as it’s low in calories.
It’s also high in protein, calcium and other minerals and vitamins.
Feta is a white, creamy cheese than is brined and made from sheep or goat’s milk.
Not only does it help prevent heart disease but it also has lower fat content compared to other cheeses and benefits bone health.
Part-skim mozzarella has around 70 calories per ounce and it’s also a great source of calcium.
Goat’s cheese is packed with calcium as well as other nutrients that are essential for healthy bones. It also contains lots of healthy fats and is a great cheese if you want to lose weight.
Compared to other cheese, ricotta is a great, healthy choice because it contains less fat and salt.
Check out these healthy cheese recipes
Ginger and lemon cheesecake
Here at The Healthy Mummy we love a make-ahead dessert. It means you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends.
This dessert tastes as good as it looks, but is made with healthier ingredients than traditional cheesecakes.
This delicious ginger and lemon cheesecake comes from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and we can’t get enough of it!
Roasted sweet potato, feta and freekeh salad
This salad is such a great combination of flavours. Spiced roasted veggies, tangy feta, and the nuttiness of the ancient grain freekeh all pack a punch.
Freekeh is wheat that is harvested very young, then roasted. Popular in Middle Eastern recipes, it’s a great ingredient to add to everything from salads to soups. You can even use it for a warm breakfast porridge.
Ricotta and Spinach Lasagne
We love this vegetarian recipe that you can even serve to the whole family – even the meat lovers will like it!
If you can, try to find wholemeal lasagne sheets – and ensure they are the pre-cooked variety in order to save time at the put together stage.
20 Minute Piri Piri Chicken Pizza
There’s no need to spend your hard-earned cash on getting a gourmet pizza delivered when you can make your own healthy version! And you can make it in just 20 minutes.
Feel free to tweak it to your family’s tastes, or based on what veggies you need to use up.
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