By now you’ve likely seen goat cheese on salads in fancy restaurants and in the dairy aisle at your local grocery store. But have you ever seen it in ice cream, pizza or on a tart? Perhaps you have, but these were little food discoveries that I was thrilled to stumble upon as I love the tangy flavor and creamy texture of this little-known cheese.
Health benefits: The health benefits of goat cheese are plenty, the first and most obvious being its calcium content. Health experts suspect that our body uses calcium to burn off fat after meals. And it’s well known that calcium helps maintain the strength and density of our bones. Calcium can play a role in various body functions such as muscle contraction and blood pressure regulation, and it’s even been linked to potentially preventing migraines.
Goat cheese is also high in phosphorus, vitamin B2, potassium and vitamin A. And according to Bellchevre, it contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk!
In addition, goat cheese is considered the ‘skinnier’ cheese as it’s much lower in fat and calories than other cheeses, such as brie and cheddar.
Nutritional statistics: One ounce of semi-soft goat cheese contains about 100 calories, 8 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of carbohydrate, 0 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.
Cooking methods: Goat cheese can be used a number of delicious ways, including fresh on crackers or fruit, cooked into sauces for pasta or pizza, smeared on toast, added to desserts, thrown into salads, and paired with other cheese on the most luxurious cheese plates you can find. My personal favorite way to enjoy goat cheese as of late is on top of french toast with strawberries and honey, which is a recipe you can find below.
August 12th, 2012