One of my favorite sandwiches to make is one with cream cheese and jelly. Cream cheese is tricky, though - it can be way too easy to add more than the 2 tablespoon serving size, sending calories and fat through the roof. That's why I was so excited to find the new Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cream Cheese Spread, with 8 individual 1 ounce cups - built in portion control. That they were $2.99 (about the cost of a tub of cream cheese, with 8 servings) was an added bonus.
Eager to try one of the tubs, I got to work making my standard cream cheese and jelly sandwich. The proportioned cups were perfect - just enough cream cheese to be satisfying, with no danger of overindulging. The taste was also stellar, although not as rich as full-fat cream cheese, but not as bland as some of the fat-free brands I've had before, and the consistency was nice and thick.
Looking at the nutritional information for Weight Watchers Cream Cheese Spread, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only are each of these 1 ounce tubs only 60 calories, but they also provide a whole 3 grams of fiber (12% of the recommended daily amount) and 2 grams of protein. There are 5 grams of fat (9% of daily recommendations), 3.5 grams of that being saturated fat (18% of daily recommendations), but given that one serving of regular cream cheese has 10 grams of total fat and30% of the RDA for saturated fat, I figured those stats weren't too bad. There is also 5% of the RDA for cholesterol (15 mg) and 3% of the RDA for sodium (80 mg).
Although I prefer the taste of Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese (which is also 60 calories per 1 ounce serving), I will definitely be buying these again for the automatic portion control and portability!