Here is another surprise for you — cream cheese. You probably thought it was the cream cheese on the bagel that was adding the inches to your waistline. Actually, it was the bagel! Cream cheese is on the green-for-go list. Click here to learn about the Green Light/Red Light eating plan. The fat and dairy components make it slow to digest and so gives a slow sugar release into the bloodstream.
It has a glycemic number of zero. That’s right — zero.
It does, however, have 9 grams of fat and about 100 calories in a one-ounce serving. That’s about two tablespoons or so. You won’t want to eat the whole block of cream cheese in one sitting!
However, you can use those two tablespoons to stuff some celery sticks and have a filling, tasty snack in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Very crunchy and filling — and it’s still about a 100 calorie snack. Don’t like celery? Eat your cream cheese on fruit. You’ll add a few more calories that way, but it can still fit in your overall plan. You can also use cream cheese in recipes to add flavor and richness.
Another option if you are having trouble keeping your calories within range — try the low fat cream cheese or the whipped variety.
Eating the low glycemic way isn’t restrictive and isn’t hard to do. There are plenty of good things to eat, and you can do it for the rest of your life. Check back tomorrow for another surprise low glycemic food.
Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown