Yes, cheese! You would be forgiven for thinking that the best way to lose weight is to cut out dairy-rich food – especially cheese.
You are not exactly wrong, lots of cheeses are high in fat, sodium and calories. But it turns out, cheese can actually help you lose the extra kilos if you eat it right. Plus, everything in moderation on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!
There are some great alternatives to use like reduced-fat cheese, cottage cheese, feta, mozzarella, goats cheese and ricotta. Luckily we use lots of these healthy options in our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes.
How cheese can help you lose weight
Top your toast with Mascarpone, not butter
Mascarpone tastes just as rich and indulgent, but it has 62 calories per tablespoon compared to 102 calories per tablespoon in butter.
Spread sandwiches with cream cheese, not mayo
A tablespoon of full-fat mayonnaise has 94 calories and 10 grams of fat. A tablespoon of whipped cream cheese, in comparison, has 30 calories and just two and a half grams of fat.
Swap cream for ricotta
Swap cream for ricotta on top of your fruit salad. 110 calories vs 39 calories.
Swap hummus for cottage cheese
Use cottage cheese as a dip for a healthier option to hummus. 20 calories vs 50 calories!
8 Cheesy recipes that won’t ruin your diet
Sundried Tomato, Basil & Cheese Muffins
These savoury muffins are an ideal snack, lunch box treat or even for a quick breakfast on the run. Just 125 calories per muffin.
Kid-friendly Healthy Macaroni and Cheese
This Healthy Macaroni and Cheese recipe is from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and it’s a sensation!
It’s everything you could possibly imagine but without the high calories.
Recipe serves 6 kid-size servings at 295 calories per serve Or serves 4 adults at 425 calories per serve.
Zucchini and cheese arancini
Arancini balls are a great lunchbox item for the whole family and you can add your favourite flavour combinations to suit everyone.
You can make the arancini balls ahead of time and store them in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Enjoy a couple as a healthy snack, or serve 4 with a crisp side salad for a tasty lunch.
335 calories per serve
Spinach & cheese triangles
While traditional spinach and cheese triangles may not be the healthiest option, this homemade version from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge actually ticks a whole bunch of ‘good food’ boxes.
325 calories each.
Cream cheese stuffed bagel bites
At just 175 calories per bagel bite you won’t be able to resist these little treats.
Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tartlets
These tasty tartlets are so simple to make and the decadent flavours of the cheese and soft sweet onion are delicious.
Calories per serve – 188
5 Ingredient Cauliflower Cheese Breakfast Toastie
Fancy a freshly made toastie for breakfast? This healthy version turns the comfort food classic of cauliflower cheese into a meal to go.
288 calories per serve.
Healthy Lemon Cheesecake
A healthy, single serve cheesecake that has the refreshing flavours of ginger and lemon. Increase in quantities and treat the whole family to a tasty after dinner snack.
28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
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