Grits are a traditional breakfast food in the southern United States made from ground corn. There are many different preparations, but one of the most common additions to grits is cheese.
Cheese grits are so popular that you can purchase instant grits with cheese flavor added. One serving, a single packet, contains 100 calories, 420 mg of sodium, and has 45 percent of your daily RDA of iron.
Making your own grits takes a little more time, but some prefer the flavor and texture. A small bowl of homemade grits with two ounces of shredded cheese will contain 428 calories, 14 g of protein, and provide you with 40 percent of your calcium for the day.
The chief disadvantage of homemade cheese grits is the fat content. Using two ounces of full-fat cheese will bring the total fat content of your breakfast to 23 g, with 13 g of saturated fat. This represents more than 1/3 of your fat allowance for the day, and more than 1/2 of your saturated fat.
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