Lightened Up Cheese Ball


Now that football season is here (FINALLY!) that means snack foods are here to stay for a while. Craig and I enjoy sitting on the sofa watching the games on Saturday and Sundays. We also enjoy having snack food while we watch the games. One of our favorite snacks is a cheese ball. It is nothing fancy, but we love it while we snack and watch games.

I tend to make it more than I should, but that’s because it is the perfect snack. We tend to eat ours with crackers, but you can also eat it with chips as well. We usually don’t cover ours in pecans, but you are more than welcome to do so if you wish.

So, instead of having that high calorie dip and chips for the game, try this low calorie cheese ball with some baked chips/crackers.


1 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese

4 green onions

2 oz lean ham

1/2 cup of 2% cheddar cheese

1 tsp Garlic Salt


Set cream cheese out to soften. Dice green onions and ham. Once the cream cheese is softened, add cream cheese, ham, and green onions to bowl and mix with electric mixer. Once mixed, stir in shredded cheddar cheese and garlic salt. Mix well.

Place cream cheese mixture on wax paper and roll into a ball. Once you have your ball, you are finished. If you want to add pecans, just simply roll the ball in the chopped pecans.



By using reduced fat cream cheese and only 1/2 cup of 2% cheddar cheese you save 520 calories! If you want to cut more calories, you could use fat free cream cheese and/or fat free cheddar cheese.