What I'm Loving: 10.26.09

Rachel's cottage cheese

My new love is relatively new to the market - Rachel's Cottage Cheese.  Some of you may have tried Rachel's yogurts - they come in funky, exotic flavors (Vanilla Chai, Pomegranate Acai).  I have actually never tried those - I'm such a plain Greek yogurt fan, so I figured I'd save myself from getting hooked on another relatively-expensive indulgence.

But when I saw that Rachel's was out with some interestingly flavored cottage cheese cups, and that they were each around 130 calories with around 14 grams of protein, it piqued my interest.  I found them last week at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods and I am already on my second batch of them.

So far, I've tried the Pomegranate Orange Cranberry, the Pear Mangosteen, the Sundried Tomato Pesto and the Cucumber Dill.  The only two I haven't been able to find are the Roasted Red Pepper and the Lemon Verbena Berry.  I don't have a favorite - I love all that I've tried and whether I'd reach for sweet or savory depends on my mood at the moment.  They've got a nice creamy taste, and because there're no artificial flavors, the pomegranate and orange tastes like real fruit, the cucumber dill is very fresh and zippy with good veggie/herb flavor, etc.  Almost as if you made it up yourself.

So while I remain a big fan of plain cottage cheese with my own mix-ins, this is a convenient, portion-controlled option, with mix-ins that I wouldn't necessarily take time to do myself.  I've been most often having one as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack and the protein provides a nice hold-over 'til lunch or dinner.

Here's the link to Rachel's Dairy if you want to get the lowdown for yourself . . . .