When you’re on a diet- one of the first things to be cut from your daily meal plan is dairy. We’ve grown up hearing how great dairy is for us- and don’t get us wrong- it contains calcium and vitamin D- essential to our bodies for health. But- dairy can be also contain hormones from animals and lactose is a sugar found in all milk/dairy products. When you look at the facts, in our opinion, there are healthier options out there for you to get your calcium and vitamin D.
When it comes to food and flavoring though, cheese is often a top pick to add to egg whites or melt on veggies for some added flavor. Well when you’re trying to cut out saturated fat and dairy from your diet- it can be hard to maintain the flavor of your favorite foods. That’s where cheese alternatives come in- and there are a few to choose from.
One of the closest replicas to regular ol’ cheese is lactose-free ‘Go Veggie’ cheese alternative. We’ve tried this product in the ‘shredded cheddar’ form and it’s great. It melts and is ooey gooey just like cheese. This product is lactose free- not dairy free- but still cuts down on a lot of calories and fat. In 1/3 cup there’s about 52 calories and 4 grams of fat. A big savings from regular shredded cheese which can pack 151 calories and 12.5 grams of fat. Just by switching to the lactose free alternative you can save 100 calories and 8 grams of fat in one serving.
Another alternative- our favorite- is the shredded vegan ‘cheese’ from Daiya. This product is dairy, lactose and casein free and it’s absolutely DELICIOUS! 1/3 cup has 120 calories, 8 grams of fat (0 trans fat and only 2 g saturated fat). Although the Daiya vegan cheese is slightly higher in calories and fat than the Go Veggie cheese, the cals and fat come from healthy sources including non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil and coconut oil.
So even if you’re on a diet and cutting lactose from your diet, it’s still possible to enjoy the great taste of cheese with your egg whites or veggies. Always remember to measure so you don’t go beyond the designated serving size. We recommend about 1/4 as a serving.
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