In order to lose weight, eating low-calorie protein is a must. Protein offers sustained energy, satiates your hunger, and curbs sugar cravings. Choosing low-calorie, low-fat protein sources is a must and while Greek yogurt has gained a lot of recognition, don't leave out the unsung hero of the protein world — cottage cheese. Here are some ways this simple food can help you drop pounds.
Breakfast: High-Protein Addition
You know how after you eat a bagel for breakfast it's tough to shake that sluggish feeling all morning? Protein has the opposite effect. It offers you energy for hours, so you feel bright-eyed and ready to tackle the day. Eggs and yogurt are popular choices, but for something a little different, whip up a smoothie and you guessed it — add cottage cheese to the blender. For 81 calories, four ounces will add a whopping 14 grams of protein to your glass. The blender will puree the cottage cheese into a smooth consistency, so your taste buds won't even know it's in there. Not into smoothies? Enjoy a bowl of cottage cheese topped with fruit for fiber and sweetness, and nuts for even more added protein.
Keep reading to find out two more ways cottage cheese can help with weight loss.
Snack: Low-Calorie Swap
If you're a huge fan of veggies and dip, skip the high-calorie dips made with sour cream. Swap it for cottage cheese instead and save over 150 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 45 mg of cholesterol, yet gain over 10 grams of protein. Here's what to do: take a four-ounce serving of one-percent cottage cheese and mix it with a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, one teaspoon chopped fresh dill, one finely chopped clove of garlic, and salt and pepper. If you prefer a creamier consistency, add two tablespoons of skim milk and puree it with a hand blender.
Dessert: Creamy, Sweet, and Low in Cals
Obsessed with hitting the freezer for spoonfuls of ice cream? The high-fat and high-calorie bites won't help your waistline, and the sugar overload will just have you craving more. Whip up this dessert alternative that's much lower in calories, but just as satisfying to your sweet tooth. This is a twist on the fruit and yogurt popsicle recipe you've probably tried. Just add one cup of low-fat cottage cheese to a blender with one banana, six washed strawberries, half a cup of crushed pineapple or peaches, and one teaspoon vanilla. After mixing to a smooth consistency, divide it into four popsicle molds (or kid-size cups lined with foil), insert popsicle sticks, and freeze. After four hours or so, you'll enjoy your guilt-free, low-calorie treat without affecting the numbers on the scale.
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