Here’s a great healthy snack you can add to your arsenal that’s simple to make yet tastes delicious. Regardless if you have the impression that cottage cheese is bland and boring, you may be pleasantly surprised at the explosion of taste when combined with sweet, ripe peach slices. Give it a try and see what you think.
When you combine a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with one sliced peach, you’ll have a healthy snack totaling barely 150 calories – 90 for the cottage cheese and 60 for the peach.
Enjoy this healthy snack in the morning as breakfast with a cup of coffee, or you can pack it in a plastic travel container to eat at break or in between lunch and dinner. However, if you take this snack with you to go, be sure to keep it properly stored in a refrigerator or a lunch bag with an ice pack.
Remember, snacks are meant to be small nutritious opportunities to keep your body nourished so you don’t become famished in between meals. It can be very difficult to stick with a healthy eating plan if you allow your body to become hungry to the point where anything starts sounding appealing. It is in these specific moments where you are likely to eat and drink far more than you should and in turn, go way over your daily calorie allowance.
This is why ensuring you have 2-3 healthy, appropriately portioned snacks timed in between meals will help you stick to your healthy eating plan.
Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese
Not only is cottage cheese a low-fat treat, but it is high in protein. Each 1/2 cup offers 14 grams of protein. According to WebMD, you should strive to get 46 grams of protein for women per day and 56 grams of protein for men each day. When you add 2 more grams of protein from the peach, you find that this healthy snack equates to an average of 31% of your daily recommended amount of protein.
Cottage cheese also has a decent calcium content with about 70mg per half cup. The body needs this mineral to maintain strong, healthy bones and teeth. “The body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part” as the National Institutes of Health proclaims.
The amount of calcium you should have each day really depends on your age. For the most part, adults over 19 years of age should get about 1,000 mg of calcium per day.
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