Cottage Cheese: Bring It Back to Your Fridge

Posted by Katie McKee, MCN, RDN, LD

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tags: Bone Health, Heart Health, Diet, Recipes

It’s simple. It’s delicious. It’s versatile. Cottage cheese is in line to be the next big thing. With benefits for your bones, your taste buds and your wallet, cottage cheese just might become your new favorite ingredient. In my book, it takes a lot of super to be a superfood, and cottage cheese is truly super.

Nutrition by Addition

Cottage cheese is low in calories and provides essential nutrients you need each day, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus and high-quality protein.

Eating cottage cheese benefits your bones, your heart and your waistline. And at a time when more than 80 percent of us don’t eat enough dairy, cottage cheese is also an easy way to get an extra serving. That’s great news, as many are just one serving away from meeting the MyPlate recommendations.

Tasty Tidbits

Cottage cheese is made by acidifying milk, which results in the curds separating from the whey. Once the curds are formed, they’re rinsed and some salt may be added. The final fresh cheese has a slightly savory taste and a creamy texture.

A satisfying flavor on its own, cottage cheese can also help you add more protein or a creamy texture to your recipes. When swapped out for other ingredients, it can also help reduce fat and calories. Ready to get creative in the kitchen? Consider:

Looking for more? Explore our favorite cottage cheese recipes on our Pinterest page!

Katie McKee, MCN, RDN, LD

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