I love cheese. Furthermore, I love a bargain. Cabot Sharp Extra Light Natural Vermont Cheddar 75% Less Fat cheese is a bargain in terms of price, but it’s also a bargain in terms of calories. Per ounce, it has 60 calories, 9 grams of protein, and only 2 grams of fat. At select Wal-Mart stores, I’ve been able to find this cheese as low as $2.08. At other Wal-Mart stores, they claim never to have heard of this, and they look at me funny for suggesting such a cheese. I now show them this photo that I took at Little Rock Walmart Supercenter Store #5244 as tangible evidence of what I’m looking for and that Wal-Mart does, in fact, carry it.
I eat a couple of ounces of this cheese each day. One ounce goes on my sandwich, and another is eaten with saltines. Each counts as a serving of lean protein in the diabetic exchange system. When I was unable to find this cheese at my store, I considered trying Great Value 2% Reduced Fat American Cheese Slices. It was much less expensive, it had only 50 calories, and it was pre-sliced. Unfortunately, it only had 4 grams or protein, which was the reason I was eating cheese in the first place. To count as a protein serving, it would need 7 grams of protein.
When I’ve been unable to find this cheese, I’ve eaten Kraft 2% Milk Reduced Fat Colby Jack Cheese. I’ve also seen that Target offers Market Pantry Reduced Fat Colby Jack Cheese. Both of these cheeses are a bit higher in fat and calories, but they’re a great substitute when I can’t get my hands on Cabot 75% cheese.