While it isn’t probably true that cheesecake was first served at the Greek Olympic Games, the cheesecake has become a national favorite. The modern version was invented with the accidental creation of Philadelphia cream cheese in 1872; the story goes that a dairy farmer wanted to copy Neufchatel, a type of French cheese but ended up with the main ingredient of the now-beloved cheesecake.
Today, we celebrate the cheesecake with the National Cheesecake Holiday and its popularity is reflected in the enduring popularity of The Cheesecake Factory, the world-renowned cheesecake-centric chain of restaurants. Every flavor of cheesecake may well be found in its restaurants from the classic New York cheesecake to chocolate peanut butter swirl, strawberry, and blueberry. Name your preferred flavor and you will likely find it here!
But you may not want to indulge in it because of the conception that cheesecake isn’t a healthy food. While eating an entire cheesecake pie definitely isn’t the best way to impress your doctor and nutritionist, you will find that moderation is the key in its enjoyment. Just keep the following tips in mind and you should be able to eat a slice of cheesecake nearly every day without beating up yourself for it.
Enjoy it Without Cream Cheese
Cream cheese is the foundation upon which all cheesecakes are built on! Cream cheese makes cheesecake possibly the creamiest dessert known to man but, unfortunately, it’s also the source of fats and calories that nutritionists want us to control consumption of. What then are you to do when you’re addicted to cheesecake?
You can try cheesecake without the cream cheese! The flavors and textures will still be similar to cream cheese-filled cheesecake so that you can enjoy cheesecake without the recriminations afterwards.
You may also make your own homemade cream cheese, which will likely be healthier because there are no additives and preservatives added to it. You may even find that there’s a satisfying feeling about making your own cheesecakes at home. But if you’re feeling lazy about it or you’re too busy for it, you should just hop to The Cheesecake Factory and get your quick fix.
You may also ask for cheesecake made with other types of cheeses, such as cottage cheese and ricotta. You will not only add variety to your cheesecake repertoire but your taste buds will welcome the change. You can even find non-milk cheesecake varieties suitable for people with milk allergies and lactose intolerance.
Think about the Nutrients In It
Cheesecake isn’t all that bad! If you take a closer look at its list of ingredients, you will find several that are, in fact, considered healthy when consumed in moderation. These ingredients include eggs, cheese and milk, which are all dairy products filled with muscle-building, energy-generating proteins, as well as fresh fruits like mangos, strawberries and blueberries.
These ingredients also contain nutrients that are good for your health and even your nutritionist will agree. These nutrients include Vitamin A, riboflavin, selenium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron, to name a few.
But don’t overdo on the cheesecake either. As with all good things in life, moderation is the key in its full enjoyment – too little and you will likely be unsatisfied and crave for more; too much and you’re sugar levels will spike before plunging rapidly (i.e., sugar rush). A slice should be sufficient to satisfy your craving yet skip the unhealthy levels of fats, calories and sugar.
Apply Sensible Dining Out Practices
When you’re planning to dine out at The Cheesecake, you should think about your battle plan, especially if you’re on a battle with the bulge. Your main goal: To enjoy the food without indulging in it. Here’s a few tips that can help.
Share your pie
The joy of dining out partly lies in the opportunity to share your delicious food with your family and friends. Instead of hogging the entire pie of cheesecake or a slice of it to yourself, you may want to share it with another person in your group. You will be able to share the goodness of cheesecake and satisfy your own cravings for it – a win-win situation.
Go for the low-calorie options
The menu usually has healthier versions of the regular food. You can order, for example, from the Skinnylicious menu. Your choices include the Skinnylicious Fresh Grilled Salmon and Skinnylicious Tuscan Chicken.
But even with these healthier options, you may still want to cut out some calories. You can substitute mashed potatoes for extra vegetables or skip on the Farro in favor of the extra vegetables and light balsamic vinaigrette. You should ideally also ask the wait staff to skip on the butter (i.e., no butter) because it adds to the calorie content.
And skip on the sweet drinks, too! Your meal will be healthier – and less sweet, for that matter – if you choose water for your drinks instead of soft drinks, cocktails and the like. Your cheesecake dining experience will be better overall with these sensible steps.