Trade Up Tuesday: Cottage Cheese

One of my favorite things about the spring season is all the fresh produce that arrives in the grocery store. With the multitude of bright colors and delicious flavors, I eat just about everything I can get my hands on! While many would want to buy a dip to enjoy their favorite fruit, I challenge you to try it with a side of cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is a good source of protein and calcium and tastes so good with just about any fruit. Be sure to check the NuVal score to trade up and choose the healthiest option! As a dietitian’s top pick, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese is made with 2% milk fat and a 1/2 cup has 90 calories, 10 g of protein and provides 15% of your daily calcium needs. Look at the nutrition facts below to see the difference and enjoy your fruit in new a way!

Breakstone 2% Milk Fat Low Fat Cottage Cheese
NuVal Score 43
Serving Size: ½ cup
Calories: 90
Total Fat: 2.5 g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 340 mg

Carbohydrates: 6g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 5gProtein: 11g
Vitamin A: 6%
Vitamin D: 10%
Calcium: 15%
Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized grade A skim milk and cream, whey, contains less than 2% of modified food starch, salt, calcium phosphate, xanthan gum, guar gum, natural flavor, vitamin A, palmitate, vitamin D3.

Daisy’s 4% Milk Fat Low Fat Cottage Cheese
NuVal Score 24
Serving Size: ½ cup
Calories: 110
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 360 mg

Carbohydrates: 3g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 13 g
Vitamin A: 4%
Calcium: 10%
Ingredients: Cultured skim milk, cream, salt

The Breakstone cottage cheese has less calories, fat, sodium and more vitamin A and calcium.

Thanks to Crista Hickman, Texas Tech Intern, for today's blog.

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