Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Cheese For My Valentine (Boursin Light Review)

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"Du pain, du vin, du Boursin".. Sound familiar?  If you know the saying (some bread, some wine, some Boursin) you are probably French or you are a cheese lover and watch a lot of TV.  The advert with this popular slogan is permanently tattooed in every French person's mind (or so I'm told) but how does cheese fit in with your New Year's resolution on Valentine's day?

If you are planning to celebrate Valentine's at home, either with friends or with a loved one then you may be considering a cheese platter.  Soft cheeses are usually the way to go but Boursin like many is a full fat soft cheese.  Based on 40% as fat, a thin spread on bread or crackers is certainly recommended.  You will especially like the garlic & herb flavoured variety as it will add a little something to your cheese board.  I say hold back on the garlic choice if it's your first Valentine together as a couple.  The 'pepper' flavour might be more suitable if you want to save your breath.

For the health conscious, Boursin Light is a delightful option as it ticks all the boxes for fat content.  If you are not sure how to read labels, then please refer to Be Shopping Savvy which will teach you the principles of label reading.  The Light variety contains 9% fat, thus passing your nutrition screening tool for fat with flying colours.

If it sounds like a drag to be compromising on taste with a low fat cheese option, then consider throwing in chopped tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and even some of your favourite fresh herbs.  Mixed together, this will make a scrumptious dip for cut up vegetables.  So starter is done.  Anything left-over can even be used as a filler for sandwiches the next day.  

What's more this purse-friendly option could also make the perfect addition to home made pasta bakes and will leave your heart singing with joy for skipping the cream for that white sauce.

There isn't a fool proof way to tackle Valentines Day, but with careful attention to ingredients and close-ups of nutrition labels, Valentines can be a terrific day for you.

Happy Valentines Day!

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