June 4, 2009 4 Comments
Also known as string cheese, this cheese stick is an example of a packaged snack that is good for you. Cheese doesn't usually come in this shape. It seems that cheese manufacturers are trying to make their snack more portable with this packaging, and it works.
Sargento (and other brands, Horizon, etc.) have done the work of cutting up cheese into cubes for an easy "grab and go" snack. Just buy a package of these packaged cheese strips, and you are done.
You get 20% of your daily supply of calcium in one little stick, and other things that your body needs like fat and protein.
But, what about just cutting up cheese and putting it a container? Well, you will save money because it costs much less per ounce for the cheese, and you can be a "greeny" by saving the world from all that plastic packaging.
And the taste? They don't taste delicious. They are bland, a little salty, and taste a bit like the plastic package. A really sharp Vermont cheddar will satisfy any cheese craving before a tasteless piece of Monterey Jack. If you are watching your weight, you want all of your food to taste great. You could eat cheese sticks all day and not even know you are eating them and that is a problem.
Parents should not feel guilty about buying cheese sticks. They are a great quick fix for busy parents. BUT, if you have a extra time, then buy great cheese and cut it into chunks.