Foods for Living – Homemade Cottage Cheese

I am a big fan of homemade cottage cheese!! Why? First of all, you don’t have to prepare anything. If you get hungry you just open the lid and start eating! I also love it because it one of the fine foods for living and it is high in casein protein and therefore keeps you full but doesn’t have a lot of fat.

But why is cottage cheese good for you and what is it? I don’t want to bore you with all the details about the production of this protein-bomb. So let’s keep it simple and let’s just say it’s a cheese curd product and you usually find it between the yogurt and the chocolate milk in the supermarket. 🙂

Like most of the other products in our modern world, it comes as either no-fat, low-fat or regular-fat variation. The important thing to know here is that most of the low-fat cottage cheeses contain added sugar.

This is because low-fat products, in general, lose a lot of their taste (fat is a flavor carrier) and to fight the occurring tastelessness the sugar comes into play. So make sure you take a look at the list of ingredients before you decide for a certain brand.

Another difference is the curd size. Usually, you can choose between small-curded and large-curded cheese. The difference is simply that the large-curded cheese has an added enzyme which helps build curds faster and therefore the cheese doesn’t contain as much acid as the other version. The difference in taste though is marginal.

Depending on the amount of fat in it, half a cup of cottage cheese has about 100 calories and 14 grams of protein. That is a lot compared to other kinds of dairy products so it fits your healthy lifestyle! As mentioned before, this protein comes as casein. Since the body needs more time to absorb this kind of protein it keeps you satisfied longer than for example whey protein.

If you don’t like it plain, you can eat cottage cheese with fruits like peaches, apples (add some cinnamon – tastes like Holidays!), berries or you can add some nuts and/or honey. It is also a good addition for salads and desserts or as an ingredient for pasta sauces.

So why is cottage cheese good for you? It contains lots of protein and therefore may help you lose weight, tastes good and is easy to prepare. If we all would be doing this, dieting could become a thing of the past. Give it a try!

Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt

Hola! Here is a post I published in another forum but I thought you would like it too:

When I talked with other women about nutrition and the right diet for fat loss I realized that most of them don’t know the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt (or they don’t even know that something like Greek yogurt exists).

So I decided to write this post titled Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt to kind of give you an idea what distinguishes Greek yogurt from regular yogurt and how you can use it to stay looking young, happy, and healthy!

Before we can talk about the differences though we should define what exactly Greek yogurt is. It’s a type of yogurt that has been strained in a filter or a cloth to remove the whey. Therefore its consistency is usually somewhere between regular yogurt and cheese.

And there you already have the first difference: the consistency. But it’s not only the texture that makes the difference. As opposed to regular yogurt the “Greek version” contains less fat and is higher in protein (remember, we need protein to promote muscle gain). It also contains less sugar and therefore helps you to keep your carbohydrate intake under control which, in turn, may help prevent breast cancer.

This makes that many believe that it also helps in preventing heart attacks in women. When it is made from cow milk it almost tastes like the regular version. You can also buy it made from sheep milk, then its taste is sourer and you can take it to prepare sauces or dips.

So when it comes to fat loss (and not only then!) Greek yogurt is a great choice. It provides you with tons of protein, keeps you full and satisfied and can be prepared in a broad variety of ways.

For example, you can have a great protein-rich breakfast when you eat it with berries, you can use it as one of the ingredients for a protein pancake, add a little bit in your smoothie, or make a nice dip for carrots or cucumbers. Not using Greek yogurt in your diet could indicate you think in the wrong direction but then again, we all make this sort of errors.

Here is one of my favorite and easy to make Greek yogurt recipes: Take one cup of Greek yogurt, 6 walnut halves, and 1 tbsp. natural honey. Yummy!! But keep in mind that this one wouldn’t be a post-workout meal because of the fat in the walnuts. Have it for breakfast or in the evening.

You can buy Greek yogurt in any grocery store in the regular yogurt section. Try to stay away from the flavored versions because most of the time they contain added sugars or preservatives.

If this was a competition, Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt, I would have to say the winner is definitely the Greek yogurt! Or what do you think? Let me know in the comment section below.