Is Cottage Cheese Making a Comeback?

by Kristen Keen, MBA, RD, LDN

Last Updated: November 17, 2020

Growing up, you may remember your parents or grandparents having cottage cheese with fruit as a snack or a side to a meal. Some even ate it as a side on the salad bar at school or at a buffet (which we are all avoiding now). Cottage cheese is starting to make an appearance on our plates again. Some might say it is making a comeback, but we never thought it left.

Nutrition Breakdown
To keep it simple, cottage cheese is a powerhouse food full of nutrients! Not only does it pack a punch of protein, but depending on the brand can contain Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Iron, and Potassium.

At the grocery store, you can expect to find the below calories and protein per 1/2 cup of cottage cheese:

Calories - 80-110 calories
Protein - 12-14 grams

The process of making cottage cheese requires adding an acidic agent to milk. Then the acid makes the milk separate into casein (the curds) and whey (the liquid). The casein or curd is then cooked down and rinsed. This produces a very mild cheese and can be bought in different curd sizes (small, medium, and large). Cottage Cheese can be added to any meal or snack as a standalone or the star. See below for inspiration on how to fit cottage cheese into your weekly menu.

Recipe Inspiration

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Including protein with our meals and snacks has shown to help us feel more satisfied and maintain our energy throughout the day. When choosing a cottage cheese opt for a lower fat option, which uses skim milk, 1% milk, or 2% milk. For anyone that experiences issues from lactose, there is even a lactose-free cottage cheese available! For more recipe inspiration, visit the recipe section at

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Kristen Keen, MBA, RD, LDN

Kristen Keen, MBA, RD, LDN

Kristen believes having a strong relationship with nutrition is key to having a healthy life and that relationship should center around the power of self-love!