Guys, something awesome happened this week: it’s finally warm enough to eat out on our porch again!!! This morning, I had my standard favorite while enjoying the sunny, crisp morning: my Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal with frozen wild blueberries (hence the purple) and topped with Daisy cottage cheese, cinnamon, and slivered almonds.
Have you guys tried cottage cheese with oatmeal yet? I know I’ve written about it quite a few times now so if not, it’s time to get on it! The sweet/salty combination is amazing and the cottage cheese adds some great protein and staying power to the mix, too – 13g of protein per 1/2 cup serving. Nice!
Between the protein from the cottage cheese and milk, the fiber from the banana, blueberries, and oats, and the healthy fat from the almonds, this breakfast keeps me full for quite awhile. Move over, instant oatmeal made with water – you aren’t welcome here. 🙂 Plus, this version is just as quick to make! 3 minutes in the microwave (2 minutes with just the banana/milk/cinnamon/oats, then for the last minute add the frozen berries) and that’s that.
I jumped on the opportunity to work with Daisy for this post for a couple reasons. 1) I love cottage cheese and eat it nearly every day in some form, and 2) Because Daisy has by far the best ingredients list of all the brands and as a result, they are my #1 favorite cottage cheese. Check this out:
Milk, cream, salt. Boom. I feel like every other brand (even organic ones) I’ve looked at has 10+ ingredients, including the occasional additive, preservative, and thickener. I LOVE that this brand keeps it simple and pure. Looking at the ingredients list on products and making sure that you understand/recognize everything on it (and that it’s not a mile long) is something I heavily emphasize with my AnneTheRD clients!
FYI – the dark blue lid on my container indicates the regular, full fat version (ya’ll know how I roll). If you’re interested in the lower fat variety, look for the light blue lid!
Some of my other favorite ways to eat cottage cheese are:
- Plain with fruit and nuts
- Mixed into flavored or plain yogurt to add a salty twist and texture. (See my Yogurt & Cottage Cheese Mess recipe from way back in the day)
- With crumbled homemade muffins or breakfast bread on top!
- Another favorite: Spiced Cranberry Compote Oatmeal with cottage cheese
What is your favorite way to eat cottage cheese?
p.s. Interested in chatting about how to fuel properly to power your way through the day? FitFluential and Daisy are co-hosting a Twitter chat tomorrow, April 10, 2014, at 9 p.m. EST. Join in the fun by following #DaisyDifference.