Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

With the kids at home this summer, my routine has been in a bit of an upheaval. Don’t get me wrong, I love having this time with them, but I’ve had to adjust my habits and schedule. One thing that has changed is that we’re eating breakfast much later than usual, and we all eat at different times. I still get up at my usual 6 AM, but the kids often sleep in until 8 or 9. We pretty much all fend for ourselves for breakfast, so I like to have a variety of things on hand that anyone can throw together when they’re ready to eat. Of course, I’m always looking for new healthy breakfast ideas.

I try to eat protein for breakfast, but I get tired of eggs, and my kids have never been big fans of them. Cottage cheese wasn’t on my radar until Friendship Dairies invited me to share about their Super-Duper Totally Fantastic Superfood Mix-in Sweepstakes and make some fun new recipes with their cottage cheese and Superfood Generator. What resulted is our new favorite breakfast treat. It’s what I’m calling a Sweet & Crunchy Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

I enlisted the help of my littlest comrade, R. She’s my most adventurous eater, so I figured she would be my best partner in this experiment. First I showed her the Superfood Generator on the Friendship Dairies website.

The Friendship Dairies Superfood Generator is a fun, inspirational tool that helps you discover the variety of possibilities with cottage cheese mix-ins and their nutritional benefits. You can choose ingredients from categories like crunchy, veggie, herbs & spice, or select a food based on its benefit, like antioxidant, potassium, or fiber.

We had a blast coming up with all sorts of different combinations. I would have never thought of half of these ideas on my own. After you choose your cottage cheese and your mix-ins, it shows you the result, which looks like this.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

After we came up with a few combinations online, we set out to try it ourselves. I set R up with a bowl of cottage cheese and a variety of ingredients, and she went to town.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

We decided not to stop at three mix-ins. Our favorite recipe actually has blueberries, kiwi, dried cranberries, almond slivers, pumpkin seeds, and a drizzle of raw local honey for added sweetness and nutritional value.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

I love this breakfast because it’s packed with protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. It has a pleasant crunch from the nuts and seeds and just enough sweetness to make it seem like a treat. Plus, PRETTY!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Enter the Super-Duper Totally Fantastic Superfood Mix-in Sweepstakes

During the months of July and August, Friendship Dairies is giving away up to $5,000 in weekly prizes through their Super-Duper Totally Fantastic Superfood Mix-in Sweepstakes, including three $498 Vitamix grand prizes. Take a look.

Sweeps Prize Calendar

Entering is easy. This is what you do.

  1. Use the Superfood Generator to select a cottage cheese.
  2. Choose up to 3 mix-ins.
  3. Get a super summary.
  4. Enter the sweepstakes.

The sweeps run July 1 through August 31. Participants can come back once a day to enter through August 31. Each daily entry is submitted into the grand prize drawing. Plus, when you share our sweeps on your wall, you get a bonus entry for every one of your friends who enters based on your post.

Disclosure: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. For rules, see https://bit.ly/1RJDkOm. Thank you to Friendship Dairies for sponsoring this conversation.

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20 Responses

  1. Totally a cool idea. We’re trying to increase the protein around here, too. One of my quick go-tos is a slice of Dave’s Killer Bread (or anything gf would work), toasted with peanut butter and a handful of blueberries. We also do banana slices or strawberry slices, but kiwi would also be good. Off to check this out!

  2. As I mentioned on FB, I learned a LOT about protein during a 30-Day Protein Challenge, so cottage cheese is on my radar…but I’ve been boring with it. Your post and links to the giveaway (WHICH I AM DYING TO WIN B/C MY BLENDER IS NOT VERY GOOD!!) have zillions of ideas to mix it up (see what I did there?).

    And your recipe? Well, it looks like a great place to start. 🙂

  3. Wow, I really think I’d like this. I just started Weight Watchers (4.8 pounds lost and counting- Yipee!) and this would fit beautifully. Pinning it for sure!

  4. I love cottage cheese and these are great additions for breakfast, of course your helper would make it very special! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Hmmm. I am not a big fan of cottage cheese unless it is baked into something, but you have really intrigued me with this post, so I may just give this a try. It sure looks good and is pretty to boot!

  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday today! Hope you have a very special day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. I’ve never been a fan of cottage cheese because of the texture. Wouldn’t blending it a bit prior to adding fruit and nuts work?

  8. Hi there,
    Had it this morning, but replaced cranberries with dates and almond+seeds with a mix of nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts). What wonderful colors and tastes !
    It was delicious ! Thanks for he inspiration

  9. My diet, prescribed by my naturalist, includes proteins like beef, chicken, and deep-sea fish. Not wonderful for breakfast. Breakfast proteins include eggs and cottage cheese. I’m reacting to eggs. So cottage cheese it is. I was loath to try it (I’ve never been really big on it). But your post inspired me, and it’s been great. Thanks very much for this.

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