If dairy is something you can tolerate, cottage cheese is a superb choice!
Growing up the texture of cottage cheese would put me over the edge. I just couldn't get down a spoon of the soft chunky stuff.
My wife has been eating loads of cottage cheese lately. Everyday I have been opening the fridge, seeing it sitting there, and reading the ingredients label thinking "damn that is some pretty good stuff".
But I was still having two hold ups...I couldn't get past the texture, at least I thought, and I do not do well with dairy in most cases.
A couple of weeks ago I thought enough is enough and I just had to give it a try!
So I cut up about 1 cup of strawberries, added half a cup of blueberries, poured in a 1/4 cup of coconut milk, a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and somewhere in there I had about a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese. Think I was trying to mask something?!
But you know what...it was delicious!
Maybe it was because I couldn't even tell cottage cheese was in my concoction but either way I truly enjoyed it.
Over the past few weeks I have been increasing my cottage cheese content and lowering the amount of everything else. I still enjoy the cheese with berries and a splash of full fat coconut milk so that may never change but either way you could say I am converted.
- 8 grams carbs (all from lactose...milk sugar)
- 5 grams fat
- 27 grams protein
- 37% phosphorous (RDA)
- 32% selenium (RDA)
- 21% calcium (RDA)
- A good serving of B2 and B12 vitamins
Like I previously mentioned I typically do not well with most dairy products but for some reason cottage cheese is just fine.
The fat content of cottage cheese is very low when compared to your traditional cheeses which are primarily fat. This makes it a great option for a lower calorie snack or meal.
Where cottage cheese really shines is in it's protein content. With the exception of some whey protein powders, cottage cheese is one of the highest protein packed dairy products available.
What is also unique about cottage cheese is that the protein is primarily casein protein. Casein is a slow digesting form of protein. It can take upwards of 8 hours for casein to be digested and absorbed.
Because of this protein cottage cheese can keep you feeling fuller longer. It is also a great pre-bedtime snack as the casein will provide your body with protein for most of the night while you are recovering from those gruelling training sessions.
Selenium has some excellent antioxidant properties. This helps protect your body from free radicals, cellular damage, and may help protect against many forms of degenerative diseases.
- Maintains blood sugar levels
- Contains antioxidants (in the form of the selenium)
- May boost your immune system
- May improve your digestion
One thing to consider is that cottage cheese does contain a significant amount of sodium. Now I am not against sodium and actually think that whole salt thing is blown out of proportion.
But if you are eating a lot of processed foods which already contain large amounts of sodium adding cottage cheese may put you over the edge?
One cup of cottage cheese has about 30% of the daily recommended intake.
Try to source organic cottage cheese and grass-fed if possible (I have yet to find the latter).
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