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Foods Included

Cheddar, American, Monterey Jack, Pepperjack, Parmesean, Gouda, Colby Jack, String Cheese, Cream Cheese, Goat Cheese


Cheese is a food that is made from the pressed curds of milk. It is made into a wide variety of flavors, textures, and forms. If you are watching your sodium intake, be mindful not to eat too much cheese as it can contain a lot of it.

Buy It

  • With so many types of cheese and variation in price, look for sales on common cheeses that are easy to substitute for each other, like cheddar and colby jack.

Store It

  • Store cheese in the refrigerator.
  • Be sure to check the "best by" date before purchasing to make sure it is fresh.

Cook It

  • Sprinkle cheese on top of an omlet or black bean chili, or make quesadillas for a quick snack.
  • Spread cream cheese on a piece of whole wheat toast for breakfast.
  • Snack on string cheese with a piece of fruit.

Why It's Great

  • Calcium is good for bone health.  Combine high calcium foods with with foods that contain Vitamin D for better absorption.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.

  • Vitamin D is essential for strong bones.  Our body also absorbs Vitamin D from the sun.

  • Proteins are building blocks for our bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They provide a variety of nutrients that are essential for health and maintenance of your body.

Try It

Potato Broccoli Cheddar Soup
45 mins
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Egg and Cheese Tacos
20 mins
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Kale Salad with Tomatoes and Cheese
15 mins
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Rice Cooker Mac 'n Cheese
20 mins
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Spud Stuffers
15 mins
Potato with Mexican-style toppings
Macaroni and Cheese with Glazed Vegetables
45 mins

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