Healthy food the easiest and quickest way! Cottage cheese and fruits tossed together for a sumptuous salad. What more can you ask for with this combination?
Aside from being so easy to make, it also is budget friendly and pretty darn good. This salad is perfect not just for summer but throughout the year.
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Why Cottage Cheese?
Cottage cheese was a favorite food during the seventies. But, because of its unique taste, it hasn't gained traction in the diet industry. It's about time, this fantastic food gets the respect it deserves. It’s easy to make it a part of any salad recipe. All you need is good quality cheese and a cheese slicer.
Here are some great reasons why cottage cheese should be part of your daily meals:
It Can Be Your Source Of B-Complex Vitamins
B-complex vitamins are beneficial. They are good for the heart and brain functions. They're also good for the digestive process, metabolic functions, and more. Aside from B-Complex vitamins, cottage cheese is also rich in riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and thiamin.
It's A Great Source Of Probiotics
Bacteria are not all that bad. Cultured cottage cheese and yogurts contain "good bacteria." People with digestive issues who would want to regain gut health should snack on these. Just check the cottage cheese labels to make sure they contain these cultures.
It Reduces Your Cravings
The Casein protein found in cottage cheese makes it ideal for weight loss because it prevents hunger pangs. If you suffer from nighttime rumbling bellies, snack on some cottage cheese. This assures the body of a consistent supply of amino acids while asleep.
It Promotes Weight Loss
Ask any bodybuilder or a fitness enthusiast about cottage cheese. To them, this is highly recommended because it is a low-calorie source of protein and calcium. It contains a very minimal amount, if any, of carbohydrates.
It's Easy To Add Into Dishes
Cottage cheese is a very versatile food. You can combine it with other foods to make more savory creations. You can make spinach dips, creamier cheesecakes, waffle and pancake toppings, and so much more. Add cottage cheese to dishes that need a little health boost.
The Basic Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad Recipe
Cottage cheese is a great food that has so many benefits. It's easy to work with too. You can use a slicer cheese or even your hands to crumble it up. It's packed with vitamins and nutrients. It's also a great source of protein and calcium.
Here's a simple cottage cheese fruit salad recipe which you can do in minutes. Cottage cheese and fruits are the only ingredients.
Take some cottage cheese, regular or reduced fat. Also, take some of the fruits, either canned or fresh. Spoon some cottage cheese over a bowl of your favorite fruits, mix well, and you're done! Now enjoy this healthy snack.
Add More Ingredients To The Salad
Having a party? Impress your guest with a new twist on an ordinary fruit salad. There are more ingredients to this variation but making it requires less time than it seems. The health factor is again present in this concoction. After preparation, chill the salad for at least an hour before serving.
You'll need a container of whipped cream, a large container of cottage cheese, and one box of jello (4 oz). Also, prepare a large can of crushed pineapple and a small can of mandarin oranges. Make sure to drain the juices well.
Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl. Allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. You can be creative by using different kinds of Jello flavors. Who knows, maybe you will discover your own secret recipe.
Change It Up With Fresh, citrus flavors
Try a citrus flavored fruit salad. Citrus fruits have their own following. These fruits are nutritious and rich in Vitamin C. Combining these fruits with cottage cheese will create a deliciously tangy salad.
You'll need a package of orange gelatin (6 oz), a carton of small curd cottage cheese (16 oz), and a carton of whipped topping (8 oz). Also, prepare 2 cans of mandarin oranges (11 oz) and one can of pineapple chunks (20 oz). Drain the juices out before mixing using them.
First, blend the gelatin and cottage cheese. Then stir in the fruits and mix well but not too vigorously. Fold in the whipped topping and chill. It's as simple as that!
Add some vegetables to it!
Go further with this salad by adding some vegetables and nuts. Spinach, for one, goes well with cottage cheese and fruits. It makes the salad healthier, more refreshing, and delicious. It's also gluten-free and doesn't contain artificial sugar.
Try mixing up a salad with fruits like apples, red grapes, strawberries, and more. There's a lot of vitamin C there. Add some spinach leaves for texture. It's also a great source of iron and vitamins.
To make this salad, prepare a cup of chopped spinach, a cup of chopped fruit, and half a cup of 2% cottage cheese. You'll also need half a packet of Stevia any sweetener of choice. Finally, prepare a teaspoon of cinnamon for flavoring and a tablespoon of chopped nuts.
Place the chopped spinach in a salad bowl. Then place the chopped fruits on top of the spinach, followed by the cottage cheese.
Sweeten the salad by sprinkling Stevia on top of the cottage cheese. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top followed lastly by the chopped nuts. That is how to make the salad. It's easy and very nutritious.
A Flexible And Refreshing Dish
We started off with cottage cheese as a great snack by itself. Then we combined it with fruits to make a few variations of a great and simple cottage cheese fruit salad. And lastly, to make for versatility, the cottage cheese was further combined with fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
This combination makes the ultimate salad packed with vitamins and minerals. In all these dishes where the main ingredient is cottage cheese, health was always emphasized.
That's why you should never underestimate cottage cheese. It has protein, calcium, and more. It has amazing nutritional value and it blends well with different dishes.
I am a 27 yr. old self-proclaimed food enthusiast with a penchant for cooking (and eating) virtually all forms and shapes of food. My inner foodie led to the creation of Mamatestataqueria.com . This blog chronicles my food adventures, original recipes, and reviews of awesome cookwares and similar products. I aim to provide answers to food-related questions and inspire readers to channel their inner chefs.