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Low Fat, Low Calorie Cream Cheese Substitute


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The idea to make your own cream cheese at home is simple. It’s all about draining extra liquid out of plain yogurt till it’s thick and use it in place of cream cheese.

The good thing is that it has all the nutrition – because it contains the healthy active bacteria cultures and little more than half the calories of fat-free cream cheese. It does taste better than fat-free cream cheese.


  • 2 cups (460 g) low fat plain yogurt


Place a strainer with feet into a larger bowl with low sides. Line the strainer with a double layer of cheese cloth. Put the yogurt into the cheese cloth. Place into the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Stir occasionally to help the liquid to drain. After 24 hours, remove the thickened yogurt from the strainer and store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Use in place of cream cheese or as a spread instead of mayonnaise.

Nutrition Detail

  • 312 Calories (22% from Fat, 33% from Protein, 45% from Carb)
  • 24 g Protein
  • 8 g Total Fat
  • 8 g Saturated Fat
  • 0 g Monounsaturated Fat
  • 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat
  • 32 g Carb
  • 0 g Fiber
  • 32 g Sugar
  • 704 mg Phosphorus
  • 896 mg Calcium
  • 344 mg Sodium
  • 1144 mg Potassium
  • 248 IU Vitamin A
  • 72 mg ATE Vitamin E
  • 0 mg Vitamin C
  • 32 mg Cholesterol

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To divide this into as many portions as you want to use it:

  1. When you’re done preparing this, measure it with a good kitchen scale.
  2. Note the weight.
  3. If you intend to use it for, let say 10 times, divide its weight by 10 to know the weight of every portion you’ll be taking.

So for this recipe, if we assume the weight is 250g and you have decided to use it with 10 different meals, then you must weigh 25g for every portion.

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