Mix It Up For A Delicious Snack

September 21, 2010   39 Comments

Do you sometimes get bored with the same old snack? Perhaps the snack you brought to work is SO dull, you make a little trip to the vending machine.

Cottage Cheese

Don't do it! All you need to do is dress your snack up a bit. Take it out for a makeover so you won't be tempted to satisfy your hunger with something crappy.

One way to dress things up is to add some spices. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. because it makes me think of apple pie and cinnamon buns. Aaah, cinnamon buns....

For this snack, I used cottage cheese. I absolutely love cottage cheese and I have never featured it on Snack Girl (shame on me!). It is naturally low in calorie, delicious, and full of protein and calcium.

One half a cup of 4% milkfat is only 120 calories, and lowfat cottage cheese is 90 calories. True confession: I prefer the higher fat content cottage cheese.

I actually got into an argument with an MD about cottage cheese. She pointed out to me that the removing the fat doesn't do anything nutritionally to the cottage cheese. While I understand that the lowfat cottage cheese remains the same, I think it tastes less delicious.

This is a real dilemma! Am I more concerned about my waistline or the tastiness of my snack? Well, I choose tastiness and I just try to eat less of it than if I was eating the lowfat cottage cheese. Portion size is as important in losing weight as well as making healthy choices.

Another important factor about cottage cheese is that different brands tend to taste REALLY different. I been unable to eat some brands that I have found in the supermarket. My favorite right now is Friendship - California Style.

I'm not sure what they mean by "California Style". Perhaps the cows went surfing before they were milked.

Other great foods to mix in cottage cheese are pineapple, cantaloupe, chopped dates, and apples.

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think!


Cottage Cheese, Raisins, and Cinnamon

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1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
10 raisins
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Measure out cottage cheese into small bowl. Add raisins and a dusting of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

104 calories, 1.2 g fat, 9.1 g carbohydrates, 14.2 g protein, 0.6 g fiber, 460 mg sodium, 2 Points+

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Great cottage cheese ideas! I always love new ideas for my afternoon snack! I actually just posted a list of some of my own favorite snacks on my blog yesterday if you want to give it a look:

For some reason cottage cheese will keep me full longer than oatmeal. 1/2 cup of 2% and a piece of toast and I'm good till lunch.

I haven't tried it with cinnamon, I am more of a savory fan, just salt and lots of pepper for me!

I grew up on cottage cheese and jelly. But to be honest, I think CC tastes pretty darned good with most anything mixed into it :) I prefer mine sweet, DH prefers his as a simple breakfast side dish with salt and pepper.

I am eating a whipped cottage cheese and tomato sandwhich for lunch. I mix in Mrs. Dash seasoning with the cottage cheese. Yum!

Sorry ladies, I don't like cottage cheese. Most likely because in 1964 it was a staple of the Weight Watchers diet and I felt forced to eat it. Anyone have a sub idea for the CC? thanks, dotty aka judy

Hood's fat free with pineapple is pretty good...

Daisy Brand cottage cheese is really good too!


I LOVE Kemp's cottage cheese in the blue container. The price is going up, which is depressing and I have tried different brands, but nothing compares! I love the saltiness!

Favorite mix-ins? I grew up eating cottage cheese and applesauce mixed together, and now I like it plain or with pineapple. Or with lots of fresh black pepper.


I like cottage cheese too - though I haven't had it in a while. There's definitely something to be said for having a bit of fat and protein for keeping you full longer. For me the trick is adding some dried fruit and chopped nuts to my oatmeal - keeps me satisfied longer and means I don't grab a granola bar mid morning.

Also - and this is complete heresy - I heard that a bit of fat in dairy products (yogurt) helps you absorb the calcium ... no idea if its true though.

This is one of my favorite snacks! I do add a little spenda to it and sometimes a few toasted walnuts!

I always grew up eating cottage cheese with canned peaches or pears. I still love this and try to get it in light syrup or natural juices--probably not as good as the straight fruit, but I love it! My husband thinks this is totally disgusting and sticks with black pepper on his. :)

Dotty - is it all dairy, or just cottage cheese that you don't care for? If you can handle other dairy, you can try ricotta, farmer's cheese or greek yogurt.

Oh, how I miss cottage cheese! This sounds tasty.

CC with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, salt and pepper!

I put on Wasa crackers with some sliced grape tomatoes and red pepper flakes. For something sweet, I make a "danish" - take lightly toasted lite bread, top with cottage cheese and a thin layer of brown sugar on top then send through another toast cycle. I sometimes use SF jam instead of the brown sugar too. Yum!!

Hi everyone,

Might sound odd but my family and I eat apple butter on our cottage cheese. Very good!

I have never thought of mixing cottage cheese with something sweet like cinnamon. However, I was raised eating it with peaches or pears. Lately, I have been mixing in some garlic powder and green bell peppers. Yum!

I noticed someone mentioned Wasa. This delicious cottage cheese idea would make a great spread for crispbread! I am currently working with their social media team and their Facebook page hosts a "Snackspiration" contest where people suggest delicious toppings for Wasa. I think you should share this recipe on the page:

A tablespoon of my favorite jam, or preserves makes cottage cheese seem like a dessert! Even sugar-free or no sugar added taste great and are satisfying.

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