I can remember my grandfather always having cottage cheese in the refrigerator. As a little girl, I thought it was “gross”. As a teenager, I was re-introduced to cottage cheese by a sweet elderly lady, who served it to me after dinner. She put crushed pineapple on top. Not wanting to offend her, I politely accepted the dish and began eating. Who would have imagined? I loved it!
As an adult who likes to work out, I discovered another benefit of eating cottage cheese – casein protein. Because of their amino acid composition, both caseins and whey proteins can be regarded as a complete source of amino acids. However, casein protein forms as a gel in the digestive system. This reduces the rate of digestion and allows for a slower, steadier release and utilization of casein’s amino acids. This helps our muscles to recover, repair and grow. So for me, cottage cheese makes an excellent pre-bedtime snack!
But you don’t have to wait until bedtime to eat cottage cheese; it makes a healthy snack or meal anytime of the day.
However, be picky about the cottage cheese you purchase. Personally I like Daisy Brand cottage cheese. I was eating Daisy long before I agreed to do this campaign. Why Daisy? Simple, I like the ingredient list: Cultured skim milk, cream, salt. That’s it, no fillers, additives or fake anything. It tastes great and it packs a whopping 13 grams of protein per ½ cup, helping you stay fuller, longer. They’ve also made the products easy to find! With a new, contemporary design innovation – colored lids – Daisy makes it easy to spot the regular Cottage Cheese, with dark blue lids, and light blue for the low fat variety.
I wanted to give you a couple of ideas on how to incorporate Daisy into your diet in other ways than just eating it from a bowl.
You can add it to your morning smoothie, make dips, add to pancake batters and muffins, spread it on baked sweet potatoes, mix into baked egg cups and much more! Here’s a tip: If you use cottage cheese in muffins, drain the cottage cheese and place in a food processor until smooth.
For this post, I experimented with a savory recipe.
Moist Turkey Meatballs
- 1/2 lb. lean organic ground turkey breast
- ¼ cup Daisy Brand cottage cheese
- 2 oz. parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. basil
- Seasoning salt to taste (I used ¼ teaspoon)
- Ground pepper to taste (I used 1 tsp because I like pepper)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Coat broiler pan with cooking spray. Tear ground turkey into chunks in large bowl.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat (coat with cooking spray if necessary).
Brown meatballs on all sides, working in batches if necessary.
Remove meatballs from skillet and transfer to broiler pan.
Bake for 15 minutes or until done.
This made about 10 golf ball sized meatballs. I eat mine plain or with marinara sauce on the side. These would be great on pasta or meatball subs!
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What’s your favorite way to use cottage cheese?
People realize that they need proper nourishment to give them energy. They appreciate what the power of protein can do. Daisy Cottage Cheese is an excellent protein source. Daisy is extremely versatile and can help power your breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and pre/post workout meals!
Hosted by: FitFluential
Date: April 10, 2014
Theme: Power Your Way through the Day
Time: 9:00 pm EST