If you enjoy the creamy, but lumpy (sounds strange, I know, but how else to describe it?) Texture of cottage cheese, then you will be pleased to know that the low-carb variant is healthy. The only drawback to eating cottage cheese is that it has a high sodium (salt content), so if you are on a low, or no salt diet, you should avoid it.
Should you eat cottage cheese before going to bed, you’re giving your body a casein protein boost. Casein is found in milk and consists of nine of the essential amino acids. When coupled with the enzymes that are in the stomach, it gels and this mass is slowly digested. This helps reduce the breaking down of muscle mass when you are asleep. This can happen because when you sleep, you aren’t giving your body any fuel (food), although the body still needs to maintain its functions like maintaining blood circulating and the respiratory process. 1 thing that body builders need to maintain is muscle mass, so cottage cheese can help them do so if it is eaten before sleeping.
A one-cup serving of cottage cheese provides you with about 15 grams of protein, and if you are on a diet, you will be thrilled to know that it only contains 104 calories. It contains about 125 milligrams of calcium, which is important for healthy bones, teeth and nails. It also contains the minerals phosphorus, potassium, zinc and selenium, which I always think of as the feel-good mineral.
As stated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate website, every one-cup serving of cottage cheese provides us with a third of our everyday dairy food requirements.
You might need to get used to eating this food, but if you don’t really like its rather bland taste and somewhat unusual texture, you can add things to it, or add it to other things. To get your children to eat it you can make cucumber”boats” with the seeds scooped from a halved cucumber, you can substitute them with cottage cheese and use a bit of paper along with a cocktail stick to make sails.
Because it is bland, you can combine it with almost anything, or just add a little Tabasco or cayenne pepper to it so that your taste buds accept it more readily.
Why not a carton of low-fat cottage cheese next time you visit the neighborhood supermarket?