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Is Cottage Cheese or Greek Yogurt a Healthier High-Protein Snack?

By Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., August 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

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Lisa asks: What is your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt?


Low fat cottage cheese is the clear winner for me. Taste and texture in the end ruled the day. I tried plain Greek yogurt in many recommended combinations and recipes, but the overly sour taste and pasty texture was always there. I found myself dreading opening that lid for another serving. I look forward to cottage cheese with it's slightly salty taste and smooth pearly texture, plus the low fat protein punch.


10/01/2015 - 12:28am

I am a big advocate of both greek yogurt and cottage cheese; switching between them helps keep the flavor fresh so as to not get bored with either one. Greek yogurt is also my favorite of the two, mainly since its so versatile.
Greek yogurt with fruit(fresh or frozen) is definitely my favorite way to eat it; given the added fructose, it's great for curbing that pestering sweet tooth. add in some oatmeal or kashi cereal, makes for a great breakfast.
Adding natural peanut butter and greek yogurt together really lets it shine as an evening snack, the fats and protein really aid in metabolic rates during sleep. also, who doesn't love peanut butter? close cousin to chocolate, goes down phenomenally with vanilla almond milk :)
Another outstanding way is with tuna. sounds crazy, but if you make tuna with olive oil, greek yogurt, and a few squirts of fresh lemon, makes a great lunch whether eating in a sandwich, with crackers, or even by itself. optionally, I even add avocado and dill to the mix; really helps to fully round out the meal. :)

hope these different recipes are to your liking, and thanks for writing this great article! it basically reconfirmed my own belief, but never hurts to look more in depth on things that interest you!


07/31/2015 - 12:13am

I prefer savory to sweet. I make a batch of tzatziki every week - my daughter and I use it on baked potatoes and as a veggie dip.

My favorite summer lunch is a small tomato, a large chunk of cucumber and a green onion or two cut fairly small and mixed with 1/2 cup of greek yogurt and some garlic powder and pepper. With a few whole grain crackers - yum!!

About calcium and greens - please check your facts. Calcium, like iron is only absorbed from greens with the addition of vitamin C.

As for casien - science can find a link to cancer in just about anything.


06/10/2015 - 12:25pm

i love greek yogurt with a tsp. of cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp instant coffee, splash vanilla and a packet of sweetener. MMMM, it's such a creamy, chocolatey, guilt-free dessert. It kills all of my cravings. Sometimes I add about a Tbsp almond butter, granola, or shredded coconut for a variation.


06/05/2015 - 7:17pm

Sodium in cottage cheese? Poor America. In Europe we have sodium free cottage cheese by default.


05/27/2015 - 6:02am

I feel as though the added sugar in flavored Greek yogurt adds far too many empty calories, where as the (small amount of) natural sugars in cottage cheese pose no real harm. Calorie for calorie, cottage cheese is much more beneficial as a complete and wholesome food.


04/01/2015 - 11:32am

Favourite way to eat Greek yogurt? Not at all. I would rather just eat my low-fat cottage cheese (that has no where near 700mg of salt by the way, try 250mg) and actually enjoy what I'm eating. I went through the phase of getting plain Greek yogurt and adding honey and fruit, nut butters, etc... in an attempt to make it vaguely enjoyable. Sure, Greek yogurt may be slightly better for you but I hate the taste and texture, so cottage cheese is the winner for me.


03/18/2015 - 2:48am

Greek yogurt is the healthier.....
i always love to eat it....


10/09/2014 - 11:17am

Well, the article specifically states PLAIN Greek Yogurt, which has about the same amount of sugar as cottage cheese.. about 6 g.


09/25/2014 - 10:48am

Great points about the sugar! Hardly anyone eats just plain greek yogurt.... Another good point about the casien... Worth discussing...


09/17/2014 - 9:23pm

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