Breakfast just got che-easier!

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“Breakfast isn’t a meal to skip when trying to keep metabolism healthy [and] maintain weight. Your metabolism slows down as you sleep, so there’s nothing like a healthy breakfast to jump-start it for the day”. - Keren Gilbert, MS, RD

Cottage cheese is a fresh, unripened cheese similar to ricotta with a yogurt-like consistency. It has a unique taste and is incredibly versatile. Its nutritional content also makes it unique. Cottage cheese is drained rather than pressed like most cheeses. This allows the liquid whey to remain, making it higher in protein. It’s naturally lower in salt than other cheeses and it is available in lower milk fat percentages (M.F.%) too! Choose cottage cheese that is 2% M.F. or less and use it as a substitute for sour cream, cream cheese, kefir or yogurt. Try these cottage cheese inspired breakfast ideas to start your day on the right foot!

  • Cheesy Toast – Begin with 1 slice of whole grain bread toasted and ¼ cup cottage cheese spread generously over top. Drizzle honey and top with one tablespoon of your favourite nuts and seeds. Make it a complete breakfast with a slide of sliced fruit.
  • Overnight Oats – Combine ¼ cup cottage cheese, ¼ cup fresh or frozen berries, ¼ cup old fashioned or quick oats and one tablespoon maple syrup (optional) for sweetness. Prepare in the evening and refrigerate overnight to enjoy in the morning. 
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie - Combine ½ cup strawberries, ¼ cup cottage cheese, ¼ cup bran cereal, ½ cup milk or water, one teaspoon of vanilla extract and a handful of ice. Blend and enjoy!
  • Banana Protein Pancakes – Mash together ½ cup oats, ¼ cup cottage cheese and ½ a banana in a medium bowl. Fry in a lightly greased pan over medium-low heat. Wait 1-2 minutes and flip. Once golden brown, remove from heat and serve with berries and garnish with fresh mint.
  • Breakfast Parfait – In a bowl or dish, layer ½ cup cottage cheese and ¼ cup frozen mango. Top your parfait with cooked steel-cut oatmeal or a high fibre breakfast cereal. Add fresh blueberries for a pop of colour!