I've been trying to eat healthier lately, and I've decided that my granola bars are probably a bit too sweet and not healthy enough for me. I know that cottage cheese is thought of as a diet food, but it's just not that wonderful to eat plain.
I wanted to see how I could make it more appetizing to me, so I rummaged through the spice cabinet to see what I could find. I remember putting paprika on cottage cheese when I was young, but I didn't have any in the cupboard. My brother had purchased something called Bittersweet Paprika once upon a time, and although it didn't sound exciting, I thought I would give it a try. All I can say is WOW! I love this stuff. Basically, it is like adding a smokey flavor to the cottage cheese. What a complete turnaround my snack is getting. I had never seen this spice before, but found it online here: Bittersweet Paprika Tin. Now my snack was tasty, but still lacked texture. What else was in my cupboard? I came upon some ground up pistachios. Perfect! This combination of the health benefits from the cottage cheese, the smokey flavor and the crunchy nuts make this my go-to snack in the morning. It's not only filling but tasty, and a nice break from the sweet granola bars.
What you may not know is cottage cheese is low in calories, fat and carbohydrates. And it is packed with protein and calcium. I found an article on livestrong.com that talks about adding flaxseed oil to the cottage cheese for more benefits. I'm going to have to try that next.