Some Things You Didn’t Know about Cottage Cheese
1. WHAT IS IT: Cottage cheese is still cheese, but it has been curdled and drained. The result is a delicious white crumble that’s a great source of high protein - specifically high in casein due to most of the whey being drained away. From what I understand, a lot of bodybuilders take casein before bed to prevent muscle loss. “Casein protein is a slow-digesting protein because it forms a gel in the gut, which results in a steady release of amino acids into the blood stream over time.” [http://www.supplements-explained.com/casein-protein-the-night-time-protein-source/]
2. NUTRITION FACTS: 1 cup of low fat (1%) cottage cheese contains 163 cals, 28g protein, 6g carbs, and 2g fat. I eat nonfat and low fat 1% only. But! You must watch out for the salt!!! Cottage cheese has a ridiculously high sodium content! 1 cup can get nearly 1000mg of salt! Sometimes I rinse my cottage cheese and then dry it on a paper towel to get the salt out. I don’t eat salty things very much so I do this to make it taste better.
3. MAKES YOU STAY FULL LONGER: Because of cottage cheese’s casein content, and its ability to make you stay full longer, you should try packing some on a day when you know there will be a long gap between your meals. This will help you control your appetite.
4. FOOD IDEAS: Try mashing it with a hardboiled egg for egg salad or with tuna for a creamy tuna sandwich. Blend it with milk to make a creamy sauce for pasta. Mix it with avocado for a protein packed guacamole! I like mine mixed with some sugarfree strawberry jam and topped with sunflower seeds.
How do you eat your cottage cheese?