How to Snack Smart with Cottage CheeseThe Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.
Americans snack so often that calories from between-meal noshing add up to a meals-worth. Snacking isn’t wrong, but there are ways to go about it to maximize nutrition and keep up your energy.
As an adult, you may find afternoons particularly full of snacking temptations, especially when you skimp on lunch and you’re facing a long stretch between the mid-day meal and dinner. Kids may need to snack when they are going through a growth spurt, they’re physically active, or they don’t eat enough at mealtimes.
Snacks should fill you up, but not out, and provide good nutrition. Better-for-you snacks are a balance between protein, carbohydrate, and fat to keep you fuller for longer.
Instead of grabbing highly-refined foods like crackers, cookies, and pastry, focus on protein-forward choices that also provide other nutrients, including calcium, such as Hood Cottage Cheese with Maple & Vanilla and Hood Cottage Cheese with Honey & Pear.
When it comes to smart snacking, it’s about getting as much nutrition, particularly protein, for the calories. Here’s how Hood Cottage Cheese snack ideas stack up to some popular afternoon options.
If you’re craving: Coffee shop Maple Walnut Muffin
Protein: 6 grams
Have this instead: Hood Cottage Cheese with Maple & Vanilla (1/2 cup) topped with 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
Protein: 13 grams
Calorie savings: 165
Added protein: 7 grams
If you’re craving: Large Cranberry Orange Scone
Protein: 6 grams
Have this instead: Hood Cottage Cheese with Honey & Pear (1/2 cup) on 1-ounce slice crusty whole grain toast
Protein: 14 grams
Calorie savings: 214
Added protein: 8 grams
If you’re craving: King-size Chocolate Bar (about 2 ounces)
Protein: 2 grams
Have this instead: Hood Cottage Cheese with Maple & Vanilla with 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips stirred in
Calorie savings: 117
Added protein: 9 grams