June 20, 2012

Protein Packed


I often find myself standing in front of the fridge wondering what to have for a snack.  Lately, my favorite snack has been cottage cheese.

Many people despise cottage cheese, which used to be me, but I have begun to play around with this lumpy stuff after trying a prepackaged Cottage Double and now absolutely love making it at home! 




Cottage cheese comes in many different milk fat percentages and curd size variations.  My favorite?  I usually get the 1% or 2% small curd cottage cheese. It is low in calories and fat and high in protein and calcium – sounds like a perfect combo to me although, it is relatively bland.

Have no fear, it is a perfect jumping off point for a sweet or savory snack by simple adding a few mix-ins to make it a bit more interesting.



My favorite combo:  roasted almonds, dark chocolate chips, homemade granola w/ dried cherries, strawberry jelly and chia seeds.  It keeps me full for hours!


I must admit, I am more of a sweet topper kind of person, but this combination (shown above) always fills me up and acts as more of a mini-meal than just a snack.  If you haven’t tried cottage cheese in a while and are in a bit of a snack rut, I urge you to take it for a spin!


Topping ideas:


  • almonds or walnuts
  • dark chocolate chips
  • granola
  • fresh or dried fruit
  • chia seeds
  • jam/jelly (reduced sugar)
  • cereal
  • applesauce
  • pumpkin puree



  • salsa
  • pesto
  • cherry tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • Green Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • on toast as a spread
  • mixed with tuna salad
  • over scrambled eggs


Cottage cheese can also be added to smoothies for an extra protein punch!


*For a single serving (1/2 cup) be mindful when adding the sweet toppings and just add a small amount of each mix-in.  A low fat snack can quickly transform into an unhealthy, sugary mess without portion control!  A spoonful or less of each topping is usually plenty!

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