Friday, May 27, 2011

FUEL Foodie Friday

FUEL Foodie Friday offers insights and expertise for any who shares a common interest in making smart food buying choices for their families. Also for the health conscious consumer that is tired of the same ole grocery list.  I will be your supermarket guinea pig and report on everyday finds at supermarkets, big-box stores, and the neighborhood health food stores.
Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese
Most people have a love hate relationship with cottage cheese. You either love it or hate it! I personally, love it and consume it almost daily.  Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or just eat healthier, cottage cheese can be one of your best allies and never leave the grocery store without it.  Why am I raving about cottage cheese?
Cottage cheese really is cheese.  The difference with cottage cheese is that the milk is curdled and drained instead of being processed or aged.  The end result is a cheese that’s high in protein because most of the whey is drained out.
Casein protein found in cottage cheese digests more slowly than other types of protein. Cottage cheese keeps you full longer without the added fat and supplies the muscles with a steady stream of amino acids. 
Breakstone’s brand low-fat cottage cheese, with 2% milk fat, is a true staple in my refrigerator. It has a creamy texture and taste delicious but my favorite is that it comes in individual serving containers. The four packs are instant portion control and perfect for packing in my lunchbox.  Why 2%? Personally, I do not like the taste of 1% or fat-free cottage cheese and with only a 10 calorie difference per serving I go with what taste best. 
You can find the four packs in most grocery stores for around $3.00.
FUEL Tip: Cottage cheese topped with fruit is a perfect recovery snack!

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