Written by: Audrey Clement, R.D.
Cottage cheese is definitely having its moment of fame. If it were up to our dietitian, she would never want the hype to end over this nutrient-packed food.
Why Cottage Cheese?
There is an actual reason behind all of the cottage cheese hype. Cottage cheese is an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is an essential nutrient to support bone density. Those at risk for osteoporosis may want to consider making cottage cheese a staple in their diet. Cottage cheese also contains additional vitamins and minerals such as B12, selenium, potassium and phosphorus. Cottage cheese also contains high amounts of protein at roughly 13g per 90 calories. It can be used as a convenient snack or a meal element to support bone density and muscle growth!
How do I use Cottage Cheese?
Most people are turned off by the texture and consistency of cottage cheese. The good news is you don’t have to eat it in its original form. There are many ways to enjoy cottage cheese and its nutritional benefits without even knowing it’s there.
5 Unique Ways to use Cottage Cheese
Smoothies. Cottage cheese is amazing in smoothies. Our dietitian’s favorite way to use it is in a raspberry cheesecake smoothie which contains raspberries, vanilla protein powder, cottage cheese, and frozen cauliflower. You just need about ¼ cup…no need to overdo it. It’s the best!
Dips. Cottage cheese is salty, savory and creamy which makes it the perfect base for any creamy dip. Our dietitian loves to use it in her healthy buffalo chicken dip recipe.
Pasta sauce. Cottage cheese adds a creamy element to a boring store bought red pasta sauce. It is also a great way to boost the protein of a lentil or chickpea pasta that just needs a tad more protein.
Eggs. Have you ever whipped cottage cheese into eggs? No? Well you have to! It’s a game changer for your eggs, adding fluffiness and creaminess that you didn’t know you needed. It also boosts the protein of a classic egg dish. 2 eggs are only 12 grams of protein on their own. Boost your eggs by 6-7g per ¼ cup cottage cheese added!
Toast. Cottage cheese toast does not necessarily mask the texture but it is a delicious way to enjoy it. Our dietitian’s tried and true way to make cottage cheese toast is on top of fresh sourdough bread. Top the bread with cottage cheese, smoked salmon, a farmers market tomato slice and fresh herbs or microgreens.
Recipe: Cottage Cheese Banana Cream Pie