Cottage Cheese with probiotics
I love cottage cheese but I didn't always love this soft cheese. I used to think it was awful as a kid and wouldn't touch it. Then when I got older, I started making it myself after a good friend who had a raw milk dairy farm showed me how to make it with kefir. I even put this recipe in my first book Cultured Food for Life. Years later when we started making yogurts, I was trying new recipes with these powerful yogurts and I tried making cottage cheese with both L. Reuteri Yogurt and Yogurt Plus and wow was it good.
Whenever my husband is wanting to lose a few pounds he will tell me he is having cottage cheese with apples and cinnamon for dinner. It works quite well for him and myself too, and is delicious and filling. I love mine with semi-green bananas that are resistant starches that feed all your gut bacteria. I like to add strawberries, slivered almonds, and a little milk or coconut milk poured over the top. Then I top it with a dusting of monk fruit sweetener. It's so good! You can even make this cottage cheese savory with green onions and a little garlic salt.
Since cottage cheese is mostly protein (about 80%) it is slowly absorbed by the gut and it keeps you full. It is also low in carbohydrates and has a ton of nutrients. They say it is just as effective as whey protein at building muscle — and even better at inhibiting muscle breakdown due to its slower absorption.
They say that having higher intakes of protein, like cottage cheese, has been shown to help increase feelings of fullness and satiety because of all the nutrients. Now culture your cottage cheese and you'll absorb even more nutrients since cultured cottage cheese is more bioavailable due to the microbes that are alive and active in this powerful cottage cheese. You can do a lot of things with cottage cheese, just you wait and see. You will love it and be eating all kinds of recipes with cultured cottage cheese.
Cottage cheese is packed with proteins, riboflavin, vitamin B12, calcium, and other beneficial compounds. Cottage cheese contains a range of important nutrients and my cottage cheese recipes have billions of probiotics too! 🦠🦠🦠
One serving —1 cup — of 2-percent fat cottage cheese contains
What are the cottage cheese probiotic strains?
It depends on which culture you use. If you use kefir to make cottage cheese you will get all 50+ good strains in kefir.
If you use Yogurt Plus then you'll get lots of Bifidobacterium longum, one of my favorite bacteria, and also Streptococcus thermophilus, Plantarum, and L. delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus, with the addition of L reuteri which is a different strain than the one we have in our L. reuteri superfood starter.
Pick your favorite one, grab a pot, some cheesecloth and a strainer and you'll have some cottage cheese that's crazy good for you and delicious too!
What to do with the extra whey?
You can use the leftover whey from making cottage cheese to make different things, like smoothies, a lemon juice replacement, face wash, stain remover, and more. I wouldn’t recommend using it to make kefir soda or cultured veggies since it’s been heated you’ll lose much of the good yeast and bacteria you’ll need to have them cultured properly. So skip #2 #6 but the rest work great! Check out this link!
3 Probiotic Cottage Cheese Recipes
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