Benefits of cottage cheese!

I am all about cottage cheese these days.  You can put fruit with it, add it to a salad and eat it with savory things like veggies, etc.  The combinations are endless!  Another thing I love about it, is that compared to yogurt, the sugar content is low and there aren’t a lot of hidden chemicals and flavorings.

I know that a lot of people have issues with cottage cheese, but I beg you to reconsider and take another look.

Why should you? Here are some of the benefits of cottage cheese that you may not think about:

First of all, it is low in lactose.  There are brands that do come lactose free, but cottage cheese  only contains 1.7 grams per 4-ounce serving, compared to more than 12 grams of lactose in a cup of milk.  So if you try and stay away from too much lactose, this may be ok for you still.

It contains a decent amount of Casein, which is the slow-digesting milk protein that accounts for most of the protein in milk.  It provides a steady release of amino acids to rebuild and repair muscle fiber and helps prevent muscle breakdown!  It also leaves you feeling fuller and satisfied longer…yes please!

It contains Electrolytes!  Weird right?! Just 4 ounces of cottage cheese has more than three times the electrolyte content of a full 8-ounce serving of a sports drink such as Gatorade or Powerade, with the added bonus of about 100 mg calcium! Wow! so Electrolyte-rich cottage cheese can help to reduce muscle cramping and enhance fluid absorption and retention…all good things!

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, with a single cup providing 25 grams of protein! While most people like cottage cheese as a protein source for breakfast and/or snacks with fresh fruit, etc. you can use it to boost the protein content of everything from whole grain waffles to avocado slices and more!  Some people also blend it into a smoothies!

You still want to check the ingredients.  Not all brands are considered equal.  You want ones that just list the basics…cultured skim milk, cream, and salt…or 2% milk, etc.

One of my favorite ways to eat cottage cheese is to put it in a container with frozen fruit and then by the time lunch comes around the fruit has melted and it is a great snack!

For fun, here is a buzzfeed article on 30 ways to eat cottage cheese that are actually delicious! In case you need more convincing!

 

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