Food & Nutrition

Low calorie cheese that actually tastes nice (yes, it really exists!)

Published by Finn Hayden

We write lots about cheese because we absolutely love it, and we're not ashamed to admit that we can't really imagine our lives without it. Whether it be the lactose free kind or even vegan cheese, we're mad about it.

But there is no denying that, generally speaking, cheese is high in calories. And if you want to lose weight and cut down on calories, it is typically recommended that you cut cheese out of your diet completely.

But because we're stubborn and refuse to give up our cheese, we went looking for cheese that we could enjoy while we diet. Just like our guide to low fat cheese, we managed to find a variety of great-tasting low calorie cheese that we could enjoy while we're on a diet. We wanted to round up the best low calorie cheese that we've tried, let's get into it:

Eatlean cheese

The Eatlean range of cheese is excellent for people who are trying to watch their weight, as not only is it low in calories at just 172 calories per 100g, but it's also higher in protein than most cheese you'll find on supermarket shelves. This is great because protein will keep you feeling fuller for longer, which will decrease the likelihood of you snacking on anything else. This cheese is perfect for melting or for sprinkling on pasta, learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Eatlean cheese

Leerdammer Light

We're huge fans of Leerdammer cheese, and find that Leerdammer Light is basically as tasty as the original variety. It still has that unmistakeable slightly sweet, slightly nutty taste, but Leerdammer Light only contains 262 calories per 100g, or 52 calories per slice. That's 18 calories fewer per slice compared to the original Leerdammer, which is a big difference. And considering the lighter version of this cheese still tastes great, making the switch isn't very difficult. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Leerdammer light

Cathedral City Our Lighter Mature Cheddar 

Cathedral City is a huge cheese brand in the UK, and the brand is well-known for producing various incarnations of its cheese which have been altered slightly, like the lactose free cheese we included in a recent guide. We're big fans of the 'Our Lighter Mature Cheddar' from Cathedral City, not only because it still has that lovely rich cheese taste like the standard mature cheddar from the brand, but also because it only contains 310 calories per 100g. Compare that to the standard variety of mature cheddar from Cathedral City, which contains 416 calories per 100g, and you realise that the lower calorie mature cheddar version saves you a significant amount of calories. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.morrisons.com

Cathedral City lighter

M&S lighter grated mature cheddar

Another great option for a lower calorie mature cheddar cheese is this M&S lighter grated mature cheddar, which like most of the food products from M&S, is very tasty. With just 314 calories per 100g, it's ideal for sprinkling over meals that you want to make a bit more exciting. We found it to be creamy and totally delicious, learn more and buy it here - ocado.com

M&S lighter grated mature cheddar

Chavroux goat's cheese

If you're happy to try a totally different type of cheese, then you can save on a lot of calories by switching to goat's cheese. For example, this goat's cheese from Chavroux contains just 336 calories per 100g, despite it not being a "lighter" cheese or anything like that. If you're a fan of strong cheese such as blue cheese but you're trying to save on calories, then goat's cheese makes for a great alternative. It has a similarly strong taste and texture but tends to be much lower in calories (often more than 100 calories fewer per 100g). You can learn more about the Chavroux goat's cheese and buy it here - waitrose.com

Chavroux goat's cheese

Co-op Lighter Grated Mature Cheese

We absolutely love most of the food from the Co-op, and we have to say that this 'lighter' cheese is definitely tasty. It's mature cheese so it's packed with flavour, but it contains just 320 calories per 100g. It comes pre-grated so you don't have to mess around with a grater, and it instantly adds a lovely cheesy flavour to any dishes you're making. Learn more and buy it here - coop.co.uk

Co-op lighter grated

Hopefully, this guide helps you find a great-tasting low calorie cheese. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations for us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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