Cottage Cheese - Plus
"I don't have time," is the common reason people give for not eating what's good for them. Here's a snack you can make in two minutes or less. It's healthy and easy. If you're on the go, make it in advance and toss it into a plastic container in a thermal lunch bag with an ice pack.
Dried or fresh fruit
Dash of honey
This is a great little afternoon snack before practice. The protein helps fuel your muscles and provides a long-term energy burn. Calcium is very important to athletes so that we maintain strong bones and stay structurally sound. The added treats provide carbs, along with vitamins and minerals. That's why I give it a Plus.
Just like any type of cooking, you have the freedom to get creative. I start with the basic ingredient, cottage cheese. From there I add any number of different dried fruits such as, cranberries, prunes, dates, blueberries, raisins, apricots etc. (These also provide fiber.) Then you can add any number or different nuts (protein to complement the cheese) such as, almonds, pecans, walnuts or cashews. Add whatever you like. Some people like it spicey and serve cottage cheese with grilled veggies.
To top my recipe off, I add a hint of honey. This gives the snack a touch of sweetness and a little bit of energy when you're on the go. Stay away from too much, or you just add empty calories.
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Cottage cheese is a great
base for snacks.
Nuts and fruit add protein
and good carbs.
A drizzle of honey for a
kiss of sweetness.