Cottage cheese – the most popular protein product which owes its great popularity to being easy to use, having a mild flavor, and tasting good with many different foods.
What is cottage cheese?
There aren’t many people who would ask that but still there can be some. So I’ll quickly give you the answer. It’s a type of unripened, curd cheese. Its production is based on 3 ingredients – salt, cream, and grain curd. Its great benefit is the lack of preservatives, artificial colorants, and other redundant additives. The product’s expiry date is short but the product is not processed which compensates for the short eat-by date.
Plenty protein in a small cup
Since childhood we hear that it’s a healthy snack, but do we know why? Firstly, it is low in calories – about 100 kcal per 100g of product. Moreover, its fat and carbohydrate content is low while the protein content is very high. This means even 20g of protein per 200g of the product (i.e. very high amount). What is more, the product is a source of B vitamins, calcium, folates, phosphorus, and selenium. The only negative thing we could point out is that the cheese is high in salt.
Never too much of a good thing?
We should remember that many dietary products consist of protein and it’s easy to consume too much of it. This can become a serious strain on the liver and kidneys, which, in effect, can dehydrate the body and impair the nervous system.
Is cottage cheese an all-around product?
Almost. Wanting to meet the demand of consumers, producers introduce different types of cheese – high-protein – for active people – or lactose-free – for the lactose intolerant. Cottage cheese is a brilliant product for people who want to consume quality protein. However, if you suffer from kidney or liver dysfunction, avoid excessive protein consumption and, as follows, cottage cheese.
If you’re a fan of cottage cheese but you’re bored of eating it with jam or fruit, I present you with the recipe for:
Cottage cheese pancakes
Ingredients for 1 serving:
- 1 cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon oil
- Can be served with fruit/ dried fruit and nuts/ jam
- Whisk the egg white with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form.
- Squash the cottage cheese (you can use a fork), then add the egg yolk, honey, flour, and oil
- Add the whisked egg white to the batter
- Pour the batter into a preheated pan and cook both sides