Snacktime: Babybel Mini Original

Welcome to this week’s snack time. This week I went with a tried and true. That’s right I picked up a net of the Babybel minis. There are quite a few flavors but I went with the original. It is a snack I know a lot of you out there are familiar with. I know, it isn’t a high toned cheese. There is nothing fancy about this. In fact most people I know who purchase them, tend to purchase them for children.

And it is easy to see why. It is a mild tasting semi soft cheese. There is nothing challenging about the flavor and, let’s face it, it is fun to eat. Just look at it. It is a round of cheese sealed in red wax. You pull the tab and bisect the wax revealing the cheese.

When I was little I used to pretend I was a giant let loose in a cheese warehouse.

Yup, those are Marvel themed wrappers on the cheese.

Truthfully, I hadn’t given these little cheeses much thought in the past years. My tastes in cheese tend to run to the sharp and pungent. I love the tang of blue cheese and the funk of goat cheese. I actually did a little happy dance when I found out that igourmet had the Montcheve truffle infused goat cheese back in stock. I mean seriously, the funk of goat cheese melded with the contrasting and complementing truffle? They even have a truffle cheese assortment available now. I’ve had the goat cheese from this set but not the rest. And oh yes, they are going on my list to try. Yum.

However once I started building a small snack into my meal plan, these cheeses came swimming back to my attention. The first thing I liked was that they are self contained. I can not be trusted with a large wedge of cheese mid afternoon. If I am going to have something like a sliver of camembert or a chunk of goat cheese, I need to separate the small piece out the night before, weigh it and make sure it is individually wrapped otherwise I will over eat.

Sometimes it is good to know yourself.

So I bought a bag to try. I figured why not. Each little wheel contains 70 calories and 5g of protein. And the ingredients list? Three items: Pasteurized cultured milk, salt and microbial enzymes. the three basic things needed to make cheese and nothing extra added.

It has a mild flavor. It is creamy rather than sharp and when all is said and done, it was quite yummy. One wheel was enough to keep me satisfied mid-afternoon, it didn’t break my calorie count and it didn’t contain a lot of extraneous junk in the ingredients list.

It is a good little snack to keep me on track in the afternoons. Would I put it on a cheese board? Probably not. It isn’t that kind of cheese and it doesn’t pretend to be. It has marvel characters on the wrapper and the tag on the bag talks about winning a Marvel backpack. I am clearly not the target audience. But the little wheel was satisfying to open and to eat. Most importantly it let’s me maintain my portion size at dinnertime so I stay right on track. And that is what my snacktime is designed to do. So I am calling this one a win.

And yes, I still pretended that I was a giant on a rampage through a cheese warehouse.



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