When your recipe calls for: cream cheese
Use this ingredient instead: fat-free ricotta cheese or yogurt cheese*
Best used for: spreading
Why Substitute? Fat-free ricotta cheese has less sodium than cream cheese. Yogurt cheese has the tang and texture of a soft cream cheese, but it’s a healthier option. A tablespoon of cream cheese has 50 calories and 5 grams of fat. A tablespoon of yogurt cheese (made from nonfat yogurt) has 11 calories and no fat. And it can be easily made at home.
*To make yogurt cheese:
- Line a coffee filter or strainer with cheesecloth.
- Spoon in plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt.
- Place over a bowl and refrigerate for several hours.
- The whey will drain off and yogurt will thicken—the longer you leave it in, the thicker it will become.
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