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Cottage cheese is one of my favorite foods because it’s loaded with nutrients like calcium, casein protein, and essential B vitamins, and makes for a quick and healthy snack to eat on the go. But some of the healthiest brands of plain cottage cheese are sorely lacking in flavor, or have an unusual, unappealing taste.
The brand of cottage cheese I buy (Daisy cottage cheese) only has three ingredients: cultured skim milk, cream, and salt. If I plan on enjoying my cottage cheese, I’ll usually have to add an extra ingredient or two to boost its flavor and make it taste better. Many other cottage cheese brands — especially the flavored cottage cheese brands — are loaded with sugar, corn starch, “natural flavor,” and other toxic ingredients that cause oxidative stress, and that can lead to weakened immunity, inflammation, and cancer.
Are you a plain cottage cheese junkie like me? Here’s a list of good toppings and fun ways to improve the flavor of your cottage cheese and get more out of this healthy, protein-packed superfood.
1. Raw Honey
Honey is a natural antioxidant that blocks free radicals to ward off inflammation and reduce the risk for debilitating illness and disease. Honey also helps regulate your blood sugar and suppresses your appetite to promote weight loss. I usually drizzle about 1.5 tablespoons of raw honey into 1 cup of cottage cheese. Honey always makes cottage cheese taste more like a dessert, and less like a bodybuilder food!
The levels of antioxidants in this tasty, sweet spice are more powerful than that of any other medicinal herb or spice known to man. Just one tablespoon of ground cinnamon per day provides you with enough vitamins and minerals to cause significant positive improvements in immunity and digestion, while also lowering your risk for cancer. A few good shakes of cinnamon over a cup of cottage cheese usually does the trick, and tastes even better when paired with honey.
3. Pepper and Sea Salt
This popular seasoning pairing offers a number of surprising health benefits, but ONLY if you use sea salt — not table salt. Black pepper can be used as a carminative to reduce bloating, gas, and other digestive problems, and increases your body’s absorption of important essential nutrients.
Sea salt is high in minerals including magnesium, potassium, and calcium, and helps regulate your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. I use pink Himalayan sea salt. Someone in a bodybuilding forum suggested using lemon pepper in place of plain black pepper in cottage cheese. Yum! I bet that tastes great! I’ll have to try it.
There’s no point in ticking off the countless health benefits of fruit since everyone already knows them (yet, people still aren’t eating enough fruit!). Nearly every fruit tastes great in cottage cheese. Fresh berries are my favorite.
Fruits that taste great in cottage cheese:
- Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc)
5. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has a reputation for being fattening. Well, at least among those who haven’t been educated about this nut butter’s endless amazing heath benefits. Peanut butter, almond butter, and most other nut butters are rich in protein, potassium, and healthy fats that pave the way for overall improved immunity, weight loss, and a lower risk for heart disease, colon cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Make sure the peanut butter you’re eating ONLY lists peanuts and salt as the ingredients! Many popular peanut butter brands are loaded with fattening and toxic additives like sugar, corn syrup, and hydrogenated vegetable oil.
6. Other Popular Suggestions
While browsing forums and foodie websites surrounding ways to flavor cottage cheese, I found that many people enjoy combining cottage cheese with salsa! Salsa will be my next cottage-cheese flavor experiment.
In addition to salsa, here are other foods that may liven up your cottage cheese:
- Barbecue sauce
- Hot sauce
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate protein powder
How do you flavor your cottage cheese? Let me know in the comments below!
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