This weekend at the farmer’s market I bought some wonderful, fresh, farmer’s cheese. I mixed it with a pepper jelly and spread it on sliced French baguette as a snack – delicious! Farmer’s cheese, also called fromage blanc, is creamy and smooth with a mild flavor and texture similar to whipped cream cheese. It is a type of fresh, young cheese, and is usually made from cow’s milk unless otherwise specified. Other fresh cheeses people are most familiar with are ricotta, soft goat cheese, and feta.
Why would you want to use farmer’s cheese instead of – say – cream cheese to top a bagel?
Nutrition Facts: Farmer’s Cheese v. Cream Cheese (2 Tablespoon serving)
- Calories: 45 – 102
- Total Fat: 6 gm – 10 gm
- Saturated Fat: 2.5 gm – 6 gm
- Cholesterol: 9 mg – 32 mg
- Protein: 5 gm – 2 gm
- Sodium: 10 gm – 86 mg
- Carbohydrate: 2 gm – 0 gm
Why would you use farmer’s cheese instead of sliced cheese?
Nutrition Facts: Cheddar Cheese (1 Oz serving, 28 gm)
- Calories: 110
- Total Fat: 9 gm
- Saturated Fat: 6 gm
- Cholesterol: 29 mg
- Protein: 7 gm
- Sodium: 174 mg
- Carbohydrate: 0
The Good: Farmer’s cheese is lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium compared to cream cheese and sliced hard cheese. It is a good source of protein and calcium.
The Bad: Farmer’s cheese, like all cheese, is high in fat and saturated fat.
Recommendations: Watch serving size to keep fat and calories in check. If you love cream cheese on your morning bagel, but not the calories and fat, try this healthier option. Mix farmer’s cheese with jam or jelly before spreading it on a toasted bagel. I have listed other flavoring options below. You can also find fat-free farmer’s cheese.
- Jam, Jelly, or Preserves
- Orange zest, honey, and toasted walnuts
- Minced fresh herbs
- Smoked salmon and minced chives
- Raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla
Uses: On bagels, slices of French baguette, toasted English muffin, crackers, and biscuits to name a few.