I’ve never been a huge fan of cottage cheese. I’ve always found it to be a bit strange texturally, mostly bland, and the idea of eating an entire bowl of any type of cheese product seemed extremely congestive, for lack of a better description. Despite this, a container found its way into the shopping cart on our last grocery run, because apparently another member of the household is a big fan. Anyway, I was feeling a bit snacky today, and figured I would give this curded wonder another shot. After some internet investigation, and some creative pantry searching, I came up with this easy and healthy idea for an afternoon snack!
1/2 c low fat cottage cheese
2 tbsp all natural organic peanut butter
1/4 c dried fruit, such as raisins, apricots, or mango
1/4 c nuts or seeds-I used sunflower seeds for this particular recipe!
a few leaves of romaine lettuce (optional)
Mix cottage cheese and peanut butter together first in a bowl. Then add in desired dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. You can eat this as is right out of the bowl, or if you want something with a little more crunch, put a couple of spoonfuls onto a leaf of romaine, fold, and enjoy!
So I was lucky enough to get an early Christmas present this year, a juicer. And let’s just say, in the past two weeks, I’ve become a bit of a juicing fanatic. Juicing every type of veggie I could think of, or that I normally have in my refrigerator, that is. I’m about to go on holiday next week, and will be parted from my dear sweet Breville juicer. I decided that it was time to juice up the odds and ends of produce in my fridge, and it actually ended up being quite tasty!
Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink, juice style
1/2 small butternut squash, peeled
1 medium sweet potato, halved
1 yellow bell pepper, halved,
4 small-medium carrots
3 stalks of celery, with leaves
3-4 pieces of romaine lettuce
1/2 inch piece of ginger root, skin removed
handful of fresh parsley, rinsed (about 1/2 cup)
1 medium slightly over ripe pear, havled
Put all of this deliciousness into your juicer, and when it is finished, stir and enjoy! This is packed full of great antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It is great for your complexion, digestive system, as well as quite a good energy boost. Maybe some morning, try it as a substitute for that cup of joe! You won’t be disappointed.