Do you love smoothies? This Apple Cottage Cheese Smoothie is protein-packed using only food, no protein powders needed. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or pre/post workout.
Smoothies are such a great way to pack nutrition into a glass. If you are like me, I prefer to get my protein from food. This power smoothie combines cottage cheese and hemp hearts to create a protein-rich, totally delicious drink. A healthy high protein shake great for any time of day.
One thing about smoothies, you can create them however you like. It’s a great way to use up fruits and veggies. The best part, you can usually get the kids to drink these no problem. They never have to know ALL the things you sneak in there.
Have you tried cottage cheese in smoothies? The perfect ingredient for natural protein shakes.
It’s all about healthy ingredients in smoothies. Spinach never tasted so good (this way). Give my Clean Green Smoothie a try and see. Natural protein shakes really pack a punch.
We enjoy them all year long. When my husband was working, this was his “go to” lunch. Easy to transport, and easy to drink during the day. You can even make them the night before so they are ready for breakfast. Perfect for breakfast on the run. Fast to pop into the lunch bag. High protein smoothies will keep you going all day long.
I will say to make a great smoothie, you really do need a good blender. Personally, I don’t like “chunky” smoothies. Neither does my husband. When we started making smoothies on a regular basis, he started shopping for a new blender.
I LOVE kitchen tools, so I let him do all the comparison research. Honestly, I did not have a thing to do with it. I was thrilled that he bought me a Vitamix. No chunks in our smoothies anymore. Awesome if you are a slushy lover too.
APPLE COTTAGE CHEESE SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
Did you know you CAN make a protein shake without protein powder? This delicious smoothie has simple ingredients. People are looking for natural, unprocessed ways to get protein in their smoothies. Cottage cheese is a fantastic option. It makes a great and healthy snack all on its’ own.
A fun start to any morning is with dessert! YES, you can! This Breakfast Banana Split is made with cottage cheese, not ice cream.
For this smoothie you need:
- cottage cheese
- an apple (skin on)
- *shredded raw coconut
- *hemp hearts
- *agave nectar (optional)
- dried cranberries
Place the ingredients in the blender according to the manufacturer’s directions. Blend (we have a smoothie setting), pour, drink. One of the easiest ways to make a meal in just a few minutes.
Feel free to switch up the agave with honey, or leave it out completely. Smoothies are so easy to customize. Hemp Chocolate Smoothie is so thick and rich, you might think you were having a milkshake.
WHAT DOES COTTAGE CHEESE TASTE LIKE?
There are lots of great brands of cottage cheese on the market. Available in regular, 2%, low-fat cottage cheese, low sodium, and fat-free options. If you are really ambitious and want to have some fun in the kitchen, you can actually make your own cottage cheese too.
Cottage cheese seems to be one of those foods that you LIKE or NOT. If you have never tried it before, experiment and see what you think.
Texture can make or break your love of certain foods. Cottage cheese has a soft creamy texture, with small curds and tastes a little salty. Do you love ricotta? This is similar, with ricotta being much smoother.
If you choose a cottage cheese with a higher fat content, it will have a milky taste. Lower fat cottage cheese will have a more sour taste. If you have never tried it before, sometimes starting with the full-fat variety is a good place to start.
Cottage cheese benefits include:
- good source of protein
- moderate levels of fat (you can get fat free cottage cheese)
- moderate levels of carbs
- good source of vitamins and minerals
- useful in weight loss (highly satiating, low in calories)
- contains probiotics
HOW ELSE CAN YOU USE COTTAGE CHEESE?
- Since it is such a great source of protein, you can use cottage cheese in lots of great ways.
- Use it in place of milk when making pancakes. Here is a great recipe: Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Oats
- Makes a great substitute for mayonnaise or sour cream (like it dips). Try this: Healthy Chip Dip
- Add it to scrambled eggs (instead of milk or cream).
It is the perfect pairing in the Smoked Salmon Plate.
You might be interested in trying some of these things to make with cottage cheese:
Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe? Let me know in the comments.
Give this Apple Cottage Cheese Smoothie recipe a try next time you are looking for a high protein drink with REAL ingredients. Vanilla Bean Kefir Smoothie is great too.
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Apple Cottage Cheese Smoothie (No Protein Powder)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 1 apple peel on
- 1 tbsp raw shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 cup ice
- Wash apple, cut and core.
- Place all ingredients into blender (in order of ingredients listed).
- Blend until smooth.