What do you do when you crave cheese, but not all the fat that goes with it - not to mention that you cannot limit your portion once a piece goes in your mouth?! Well, my solution is to always have some spreadable cheese wedges on hand. While I was replenishing my supply, I came across The Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle Flavor Spreadable Cheese Wedges - it's described as, made with real queso fresco and chipotle peppers ... a great way to add spice to your favorite dishes without stacking up the calories.
At snack time, I spread a wedge on a few (or maybe more than a few) Keebler Town House Light Buttery Wheat Crackers (Review) - the cheese was creamy, soft and very spreadable. I didn't get much of a spicy kick though and since it says Chipotle, I expected that it would bring the heat! I also sat down and ate a wedge while writing this review - just trying to savor each bite, and that's when a little more of the spicy chipotle flavor came out. BUT if the Laughing Cow Queso Fresco & Chipotle Cheese Wedge was in a contest with Weight Watchers Jalapeno Cheese Wedges (Review), I would give the prize to the Weight Watchers cheese.
The Laughing Cow brand has come up with some wonderful treats - their Light Spreadable Wedges, Light Gourmet Cheese Bites, and Mini Babybel Light Cheese are some of my favorite snacks. Therefore, when I saw the The Laughing Cow Gourmet Cheese & Baguettes on sale for $3.00 per 4-pack, I had to try them! This snack is described as having creamy Swiss cheese and onion poppyseed breadsticks.
Cheese and crackers is a standard, delicious combination. It's the easiest thing in the world to make, so it's hard to imagine that to imagine that you need to actually buy a cheese and cracker combination. Still, there might be an occasion that you need to reach for this 60 calorie snack in your dek drawer, as opposed to a Jumbo Honey Bun in the vending machine. And what you will find is a deliciously cheesy spreadable cheese with a crunchy, flavorful cracker rods. Bonus: these are fun to eat too!
Each pack of Laughing Cow Gourmet Cheese & Baguettes provides 60 calories, 8% of the daily value for fat, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein. The ingredients for the crackers includes enriched bleach flour and partially hydrogenated oils.
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I remember Babybel cheese from when I was a child. To me, there was nothing more fun than taking of the red wax coating and discovering the cheese wheel inside. While in the grocery store the other day, I was reminded of those childhood days when I stumbled across Laughing Cow Babybel Cheese. Given how saturated fat-laden cheeses tend to be, I was a little uncertain of how healthy these things actually were. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to see that there was a Light variety, with only 50 calories per cheese wheel (it turns out the regular flavor has 70 calories in each cheese round).
These little cheese wonders are an interesting consistency - they're softer than a regular block of cheddar, but they're not as soft as something like brie. They have a mild flavor, suitable either on their own or with crackers like Back to Nature Organic Stoneground Wheats: Baked Wheat and Flaxseed Crackers.
The Laughing Cow Light Spreadable Original Swiss Cheese Flavor Wedges were reviewed a few years ago. They're one of my favorite sandwich spreads, but I also like Laughing Cow Light Gourmet Cheese Bites. Each cute little cube has just 7 calories, and they're super portable as well.
There's something fun about unwrapping each little bite and popping it into your mouth. Alternatively, one of my favorite ways to enjoy these "cheese bites" is to spread them on an English muffin and add sugar-free jelly to the other half, for a sweet-and-savory lunchtime treat. They're also great on crackers, and pair well with apples. The flavor is wonderfully cheesy, and mild enough to pair with both sweet and salty foods.