11 Ways to Enjoy Cottage Cheese

Here’s how to add this healthy snack into your daily menu.

11 Ways to Enjoy Cottage Cheese

By Reina Berger

Cottage cheese is a nutritional powerhouse that many of us have been neglecting lately. What was once thought of us a fad food from the ’70s is bouncing back big time, thanks to its health benefits and versatility. Looking for a new way to enjoy an old classic? Here are 11 ideas to help you incorporate cottage cheese into your daily menu.


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Creamy Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is such an addictive treat that many of us wait until special occasions to bust out this calorie bomb. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. By blending cottage cheese until it’s smooth, you can easily use it as the foundation for a garlicky, flavorful dip that everyone will love.

Watch: The Healthy Dip That Won't Pack on the Pounds

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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