Hi, friends! I’m so excited to be partnering with Shamrock Farms again for today’s post! It is always so much fun to work with a local company that is so invested in promoting a healthy lifestyle. In fact, I’m super excited because I just found out that in the months of October through May, Shamrock Farms’ real, working dairy farm is open to the public for tours. I would love to attend a tour, and I also think it would be a great activity for kids too! What is even more exciting is that they are Arizona’s FIRST-ever USDA-certified organic dairy (Learn more at http://bit.ly/2iEmZQ7)
I love this, especially considering the recent research showing that organic dairy may be more nutrient dense (increased omega three content) than traditional. Plus, organic dairy still contains 8grams of protein and nine essential nutrients! So, if you are an Arizona dairy drinker, definitely check out their stuff! I’ve been putting their whole milk in my coffee every morning and love how creamy it makes it taste! With all the milk in the house, I decided to remake an old recipe that I love, new photos coming soon to my broccoli cheddar oatmeal bake!
Today, I wanted to focus on one of my favorite foods, cottage cheese! Cottage cheese used to be one of those things I wasn’t a big fan of but I’ve grown to love it and now eat it ALL THE TME. It’s the best way to get a healthy dose of filling protein that satisfies me right away. 1/2 cup serving has 13 grams of protein and 80-110 calories depending on what percentage fat you use. (Recycled photo below.)
I prefer 2% or whole because, to me, it’s creamier and more filling. Cottage cheese is often something I recommend and consume myself as a bedtime snack because it contains a high percentage of casein. A protein that is broken down slowly so is great to have in your system overnight while your body is trying to recover and repair. That isn’t the only time of day I eat cottage cheese, though, I’ve found lots of ways to add it to my daily routine!
When I went to pick up the product for this post, I noticed that Shamrock has these little 2% cups, how incredibly convenient and portable! I grabbed two to take with me for when I teach all day on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Considering I didn’t always like cottage cheese, I think I’ve been pretty creative in coming up with delicious ways to eat it is as a snack!
- Top left – my most recent favorite, with plantain chips!
- Top right- stuffed into an avocado with hot sauce.
- Bottom Left – filled inside a bell pepper half
- Bottom Right – on top of zucchini slices with mango salsa on top
I linked to my favorite cottage cheese containing HH recipes below, and I also asked a few friends to send me their favorite cottage cheese containing recipes so you can be uber inspired!
Apparently, I need to get on the pancake train….
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes via Skinnyfitalicious
Gingerbread Protein Pancakes via Skinnyfitalicious
Protein Pancakes via RDelicious Kitchen
Tangerine Protein Pancakes via Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Low Carb Cottage Cheese Pancakes via The Fit Blog
Pumpkin French Toast Roll Ups via RDelicious Kitchen
Stuffed Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl via E.A.Stewart
Tropical Wild Blueberry Smoothie via RDelicious Kitchen
Cottage Cheese Caprese Salad via Just Sisters
Creamy, Crunchy, Sorghum, and Avocado Salad via Nutrition Starring You
Spinach Dip via Marissa Moore
Whipped Cottage Cheese Berry Crostini via Food, Pleasure, and Health
Healthy Texas Lasagna via Snacking in Sneakers
Pita Pizzas with Thai Chicken and Broccoli Slaw via Meal Make Over Moms
Double Chocolate Cottage Cheese Cookies via Skinnyfitalicious
Protein Punch Marinara Spaghetti Squash via Amy Gorin
Light and Easy Shepards Pie via Sarah Koszyk
Cheesy Pesto Potato Bites via Robin Plotkin
Sugar-Free Parfaits via The Fit Blog
Don’t forget, for more ideas you can
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shamrock Farms. The opinions and text are all mine.