If you want to look in the mirror and see a muscular or toned body, you are probably aware of the role lean muscle tissue plays in creating a shapely body. Developing that muscle is about more than hitting the iron, though. Active muscle-building, fat-burning metabolisms must be fed some type of protein about every three hours so it's not difficult to imagine the taste of chicken, tuna fish, and protein shakes getting old. Cottage cheese is a great alternative milk protein source that's long been popular with the dieting crowd.
If you've avoided cottage cheese because you've envisioned the only way of serving it was plopping it on a lonely lettuce leaf, here are a few flavor combinations for you to try with your next scoop. Cottage cheese can be a tasty addition to your protein choices.
Pepper:Sprinkle cottage cheese with a few dashes of fresh crack pepper.
"Tapioca" Pudding: If you like tapioca pudding, try this low-carb alternative. For each ½ cup serving, mix in ½ tsp vanilla flavoring and 1 packet artificial sweetener.
Summer Fruit: A few strawberries, blueberries, diced peaches, chopped banana, or pineapple chunks sprinkled on top go a long way with cottage cheese. Stick with the berries if you prefer low-glycemic fruits. If the fructose is a concern, try using dash of tropical or strawberry-banana flavored sugar-free drink mix as an alternative fruity flavoring.
Morning Preserves: Add 1 tbsp sugar-free or reduced sugar preserves per ½ cup cottage cheese.
Chocolate Mousse: Add a ½ scoop of chocolate flavored protein (or 1 tsp of cocoa + 2 packets artificial sweetener), 1 tbsp sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix and whip in blender (you may need to add a little water or milk to thin it a little bit). Top with diced walnuts or almonds if desired and chill until set or ready to eat.