Cottage Cheese Recipes
Looking for ideas for protein in your meals and snacks? Cottage cheese is an overlooked protein source that’s easy to prepare (no cooking) and portable too. Slip a serve in a container with an ice brick and you’re off.
Cottage cheese is naturally low in fat and one of the highest protein cheeses around. 100g contains approx. 10g of protein.
Use these ideas in accordance with your FitterFaster meal plan. Adjust the serving sizes according to YOUR plan. If your menu plan calls for one protein serve, use that amount of cottage cheese. Check your food charts for serving sizes.
If it’s the texture that puts you off, try starting with half and half yoghurt and cottage cheese. Slowly reduce the amount of yoghurt till you are eating straight cottage cheese.
And need I say, STAY AWAY FROM THE FLAVOURED VARIETIES!!! THEY ARE FULL OF SUGAR AND OTHER ADDITIVES. ADD YOUR OWN FLAVOURS
MIX WITH FRUIT
Easiest first. Many clients eat their cottage cheese this way. It’s especially yummy with berries. Even frozen ones are great, but be sure to eat it straight away before they start to defrost and go all watery.
Favourite fruits to have with cottage cheese are:
- diced pineapple-yes dice your own
- berries-any kind, sliced or whole is just as good and very quick and easy
- tinned peaches in natural juice-drained of course
- tinned apricots as above
- sliced grapes-sounds wierd but is delicious
- sliced apple-rather than mix them in, use them as dipping sticks
Bearing in mind protein serving sizes, you can add some chocolate protein powder, mix and eat. Remember though if you need one serve of protein, to half the cottage cheese and the protein powder serving sizes. Also, this then becomes your one protein shake serve of the day
Instead of eating with a spoon, use vegie sticks as dipper and have it that way:
- carrot sticks
- celery sticks
- capsicum slices
- mushrooms- short, but you can lick your fingers!
As a sweet dipper, use fruit sticks:
Try cinnamon or nutmeg mixed in. More like dessert as well. Also yum with vanilla essence-just a tiny bit.
Also experiment with herbs. Try chives, dill or garlic.
Again, bearing in mind protein serving sizes, mix in tinned salmon or tuna and a squeeze of lemon. Smoked salmon slices occasionally are yummy too.
Having it this way gets in your protein and your fat serve together.
Simply slice an avocado in half, remove the stone and fill with cottage cheese, eat with a spoon. Simple, quick and delicious.
SAVOURY OR IS IT SWEET?
Although I wouldn’t usually recommend dried fruit, the small portion you’ll eat here will do as a fruit serve. Dried fruit is usually so easy to overeat (and is usually full of preservatives) but making the ‘recipe’ as shown and then putting the bag away, will hopefully prevent the ‘just another handful.’
Place serve of cottage cheese in bowl, add nut serve (from fat list) and a large tablespoon of craisens (dried cranberries)
I like walnuts with this one. Again, this gives you your protein, fat and fruit serve. A nice easy breaky! Add 1/4 cup oats if you need to have your starchy carbs.
So that’s a few easy ways to eat cottage cheese. If you really don’t like it though, don’t feel you have to have it. I find it’s a fantastic, portable protein source. Easy to pack in an insulated lunch box with an ice brick and easy to eat. No prep necessary.
Give some of these a go and PLEASE-share you own ideas by commenting to this post.
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