Disclaimer- The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese. All opinions are my own.
I eat Daisy Cottage Cheese almost daily.
Cottage Cheese is high in protein and amazingly versatile. It’s an ideal post workout food that gives you the protein you need to repair and build muscle. Cottage Cheese has such a creamy, neutral taste it goes well with both sweet and savory flavors, making it easy to blend into recipes to add a natural boost of protein.
You might be you’re thinking: “Right, I bet you’re just saying that because this is a sponsored post.”, or “Sure, you eat cottage cheese every day, but I bet it’s not Daisy brand.” Wrong! I really do eat Daisy brand Cottage Cheese almost every day. I bet you thought all cottage cheese was created equal — wrong again. Here’s why I eat Daisy instead of picking up the competitors: ingredients. Take a look at a side by side– Daisy next to another major brand:
Modified Food Starch? Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Acetic Acid? No, thank you. Daisy has simple and pure ingredients: Milk, Cream and Salt.
To make a perfectly balanced post run or workout meal, most sports dietitians and nutritionists recommend getting 10-30 grams of protein within 10-30 minutes of finishing a workout. But you also need healthy carbs. Carbs and protein work together to replenish your glycogen stores more efficiently. Of course, every person’s weight varies, so the amounts will be slightly different for everyone, but a good rule to follow is getting about 16-30 grams of protein and around 60 grams of carbs within 10 minutes of your run or workout for a 125 lb person. Keep in mind, I am not a professional dietitian, these are things I have learned from other runners and reading over the years. Daisy Cottage Cheese contains 26 grams of protein per 1 cup serving, making it great for a post workout recovery meal. Here are 5 simple post run recipe ideas using Daisy Cottage Cheese:
1. Avocado Toast with Daisy on top I could eat this at any meal- so quick and easy. Throw some high quality whole grain or gluten free bread in the toaster, smash an avocado, spread some Daisy, and sprinkle with a little sea salt or Lemon Pepper to taste.
2. Baked Sweet Potato topped with Daisy Wash an organic sweet potato, poke it with a fork, and put it in the microwave on high for 7-9 minutes. Split it open and add a cup of Daisy. Feel free to add more toppings to make it loaded. It’s a blank canvas waiting for you to create a masterpiece.
3. Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal Cups Inspired by baked oatmeal, and have Daisy to bump up the protein. These cups can be made ahead of time and placed in the fridge for up to a week – have a few on hand ready to eat! The recipe for these is right HERE.
4. Make Ahead 8 Layer Dip in a jar Layer Daisy, refried black beans, salsa, and avocado in a jar. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week. Have these on hand to grab and eat with a healthy chip. Nothing tastes better than salty, crunchy, chips and dip after a long, sweaty run.
5. Daisy Monster Cookie These delicious cookies have a soft cake-like texture. I know, “A cookie for a post workout meal?!” But, before you judge take a look at the ingredients below. All fairly wholesome, and a good ratio of protein and carbs. I love making a big batch and freezing them! The freezer gives them a chewy, snappy texture… Ah, so good! My kids love these.
How to make
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup of honey or brown sugar
- 2 T. Black Strap Molasses
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups of melted coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cups of natural nut butter
- 1 cup of Daisy Cottage Cheese
- 1 t. sea salt
- 2 t. of aluminum free baking powder
- 4 cups of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of whole wheat or gluten free flour
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 flax meal
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, molasses, honey, chia seeds, flax meal, cottage cheese, baking powder and salt. Stir in the melted coconut oil, then the nut butter, oats and flour, mixing until throughly combined. Stir in the chips.
- Drop the dough on cookie sheets and bake for 12-14 min. remove and cool on a rack. Makes 2 dozen small cookies.
Also loving their new package design- such a clean modern design. The colored lids make it easy to spot regular from the light variety, low-fat (light blue) vs. full-fat (dark blue).
Because of Daisy’s high protein content, it makes you stay full longer. It’s a healthy nourishing snack that keeps you going all day without the high’s and low’s you get with some foods, sugar and caffeine. If you’d like to learn more about how to get through your day with healthy fuel, please join the good people of FitFluential and Daisy Cottage Cheese for a discussion on Twitter April 10, 2014.
Hosted by: FitFluential
Date: April 10, 2014
Theme: Power Your Way Through the Day
Time: 9:00 pm EST
For great nutrition advise from two very fit registered dietitians follow these blogs
Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean
Anne at Fannetastic Food
Your turn! What’s your favorite post workout meal?
Did you know that a lot of cottage cheese is full of wonky ingredients?