Cottage cheese is having a moment.
(BPT) – Nutritionists and health-minded individuals have discovered that the dairy case staple can actually unlock a lot of mealtime solutions, especially when it comes to remaking recipes with a creamy base, such as tuna salad and veggie dip.
Simply swap the mayonnaise, cream cheese or sour cream with high-protein cottage cheese, and it’s pretty easy to pull off a higher-protein and lower-calorie version of your lunchtime favourites, says Amy Gorin, a registered dietitian nutritionist and writer in New York City.
“In many of these recipes, cottage cheese works beautifully, because it helps these delicious foods keep that creamy texture while decreasing the calories and saturated fat — and adding filling protein,” Gorin says. “It’s one of those foods that was hiding in plain sight all these years.”
For best results, start with a protein-packed brand of cottage cheese that is high in protein (14-19g per serving), Cottage cheese is a good source of calcium and also contains potassium.
So look at your go-to breakfast, lunch and snack recipes with new eyes, grab your blender and get creative. To get you inspired, here are five easy ways you can make the cottage cheese swap and give yourself a protein boost without going hungry.
Lunch salad update
Many of us have said no to delicious and classic lunch salads we love because mayo can add fat and calories. Turn to cottage cheese to make over your favourite lunches, and you can start enjoying things like tuna salad and potato salad, plus you’ll love that boost of protein.
Simplify your lunch hour and use cottage cheese as a creamy base for your favourite whole-grain toast, and then stack on yummy, vitamin-packed extras, like salad greens and sliced mangos, or even strawberries and avocado.
A Greek yogurt-cup alternative
For a quick on-the-go snack or lunch side, Muuna has reimagined cottage cheese into single-serve cups with real pieces of fruit on the bottom, packed with 15 grams of protein, including strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, peach and mango.
Swap out the yogurt and try using cottage cheese as a protein base for your favourite smoothie recipe. What you’ll have is a thick and creamy breakfast, likely with more protein than sugar.
Dip without the guilt
Kids and adults love how flavorful, creamy dips and dressings can liven up cut-up vegetables like carrots and broccoli. Sub in cottage cheese for mayo or sour cream to lower the calories and fat — and to amp up the protein and make the snack more filling and fueling. This super-simple, reimagined ranch dressing not only adds flavour to your crudites, it brings protein power to your lunchbox or your child’s.
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