5 easy to make post workout meals

Disclaimer- The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese. All opinions are my own.

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I eat Daisy Cottage Cheese almost daily.

Cottage Cheese is high in protein and amazingly versatile. It’s an ideal post workout food that gives you the protein you need to repair and build muscle. Cottage Cheese has such a creamy, neutral taste it goes well with both sweet and savory flavors, making it easy to blend into recipes to add a natural boost of protein.

You might be you’re thinking: “Right, I bet you’re just saying that because this is a sponsored post.”, or “Sure, you eat cottage cheese every day, but I bet it’s not Daisy brand.” Wrong! I really do eat Daisy brand Cottage Cheese almost every day. I bet you thought all cottage cheese was created equal — wrong again. Here’s why I eat Daisy instead of picking up the competitors: ingredients. Take a look at a side by side– Daisy next to another major brand:

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Modified Food Starch? Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Acetic Acid? No, thank you. Daisy has simple and pure ingredients: Milk, Cream and Salt.

To make a perfectly balanced post run or workout meal, most sports dietitians and nutritionists recommend getting 10-30 grams of protein within 10-30 minutes of finishing a workout. But you also need healthy carbs. Carbs and protein work together to replenish your glycogen stores more efficiently. Of course, every person’s weight varies, so the amounts will be slightly different for everyone, but a good rule to follow is getting about 16-30 grams of protein and around 60 grams of carbs within 10 minutes of your run or workout for a 125 lb person. Keep in mind, I am not a professional dietitian, these are things I have learned from other runners and reading over the years. Daisy Cottage Cheese contains 26 grams of protein per 1 cup serving, making it great for a post workout recovery meal. Here are 5 simple post run recipe ideas using Daisy Cottage Cheese:

1. Avocado Toast with Daisy on top I could eat this at any meal- so quick and easy. Throw some high quality whole grain or gluten free bread in the toaster, smash an avocado, spread some Daisy, and sprinkle with a little sea salt or Lemon Pepper to taste.

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2. Baked Sweet Potato topped with Daisy Wash an organic sweet potato, poke it with a fork, and put it in the microwave on high for 7-9 minutes. Split it open and add a cup of Daisy. Feel free to add more toppings to make it loaded. It’s a blank canvas waiting for you to create a masterpiece.

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3. Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal Cups Inspired by baked oatmeal, and have Daisy to bump up the protein. These cups can be made ahead of time and placed in the fridge for up to a week – have a few on hand ready to eat! The recipe for these is right HERE.

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4. Make Ahead 8 Layer Dip in a jar Layer Daisy, refried black beans, salsa, and avocado in a jar. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week. Have these on hand to grab and eat with a healthy chip. Nothing tastes better than salty, crunchy, chips and dip after a long, sweaty run.

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5. Daisy Monster Cookie These delicious cookies have a soft cake-like texture. I know, “A cookie for a post workout meal?!” But, before you judge take a look at the ingredients below. All fairly wholesome, and a good ratio of protein and carbs. I love making a big batch and freezing them! The freezer gives them a chewy, snappy texture… Ah, so good! My kids love these.

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How to make

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Daisy Monster Protein Cookies
 
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Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment.
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Recipe type: Healthy Cookie
Cuisine: Post workout
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup of honey or brown sugar
  • 2 T. Black Strap Molasses
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1½ cups of melted coconut oil
  • 1½ cups of natural nut butter
  • 1 cup of Daisy Cottage Cheese
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • 2 t. of aluminum free baking powder
  • 4 cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup of whole wheat or gluten free flour
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ flax meal
  • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, molasses, honey, chia seeds, flax meal, cottage cheese, baking powder and salt. Stir in the melted coconut oil, then the nut butter, oats and flour, mixing until throughly combined. Stir in the chips.
  2. Drop the dough on cookie sheets and bake for 12-14 min. remove and cool on a rack. Makes 2 dozen small cookies.

 

Also loving their new package design- such a clean modern design. The colored lids make it easy to spot regular from the light variety, low-fat (light blue) vs. full-fat (dark blue).

Because of Daisy’s high protein content, it makes you stay full longer. It’s a healthy nourishing snack that keeps you going all day without the high’s and low’s you get with some foods, sugar and caffeine. If you’d like to learn more about how to get through your day with healthy fuel, please join the good people of FitFluential and Daisy Cottage Cheese for a discussion on Twitter April 10, 2014.

Twitter Chat:
Hosted by: FitFluential
Date: April 10, 2014
Theme: Power Your Way Through the Day
Time: 9:00 pm EST
#DaisyDifference

For great nutrition advise from two very fit registered dietitians follow these blogs

Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean
Anne at Fannetastic Food

Your turn! What’s your favorite post workout meal?

Did you know that a lot of cottage cheese is full of wonky ingredients?

About Lisa

Mother of three children under 9, including a set of twins, and wife of US Navy Diver. I love to run, write, and laugh. Yes, I have a slightly raunchy and dark sense of humor..life can be so funny.. it's how I deal with it all. Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Comments

  1. Wow – I love cottage cheese. I usually eat it straight out of the tub and I also have never looked at the ingredient label (bad person). Love the idea of putting it on a sweet potato. I have both in my kitchen right now – that might be dinner tomorrow.

  2. I love these ideas! I used to eat cottage cheese all the time for these exact reasons but have forgotten about it lately. Everything looks delicious here!

  3. I buy Daisy for the exact same reasons as you listed — just look at the ingredients! Just the goods please. All the recipes look so good!

  4. we love love the baked oat cups here as well…
    now I need to try DAISY.

  5. i love daisy! and it is so perfect for post workout, agreed! so versatile! great ideas friend

  6. ew i’ve never seen the comparison of cottage cheese before…. and i do love cottage cheese, as well! will have to be on the lookout next time i’m at the grocery store!

    • Right? I was shocked! Who wants all the garbahhhge in their food, when you can have simple pure ingredients.

  7. Mmm, what great post workout meal ideas! I’ll have to share these with my running clients… they’re always asking for good suggestions. I’ve never been a cottage cheese person for some reason, but I should give it another try.

  8. Running over to your house with a bag of tortilla chips . . . .get the layered dip out!

    • Jen, if you’re running to my house, I might not have time to pick up before you get here- speedy lady! Hurry get those clothes off the floor, clean up that hairball, shove the rest in the closet- Jen running here! Love you!!

  9. I know I am odd, but I seriously LOVE cottage cheese and have since I was a kid. Excited to dig into these recipes–you know I already made the oatmeal muffins and they were a hit around these parts!

    • Girl, you and I are alike this way-my daughter and I go through 2 large containers a week! ha! So glad you liked the Baked Oatmeal!

  10. Oh, love cottage cheese as a post-workout meal or a snack. Never thought to put on a sweet potato. yummy.

  11. I. Want. The. DIP.

    That is all.

    I love cottage cheese, and I need to remember to buy it more often.

  12. Ok those all look amazing and I am not even a dairy eater. I do love cottage cheese on rare occassion though and I think you just made me crave it now!!

  13. Confession: I haven’t had cottage cheese since I was a kid. Some of these look like “must try”s :)

  14. I haven’t had cottage cheese in forever!
    Now, if only you lived next door…so that I could come over and give you some fresh sourdough bread :)

  15. Ahhhh thanks so much for more ideas with cottage cheese! That is a regular in my fridge, but sometimes I do not know what to do with it! I love it with pineapple, but there are some great recipes in here! I had no idea about all the gunk in the other ones too! I will be sure to check next time I buy!

    Thanks for the helpful suggestions of meals, I am always looking for new ones, you are always a fountain of knowledge :)

  16. I love cottage cheese with lots of black pepper! Yumm! Love your ideas!

  17. Those oatmeal cups look amazing, I need to try ASAP

  18. Send some my way! :)

  19. We LOVE Daisy Cottage cheese too!!!! I buy several containers a week! Love it!

  20. I am going to make those oatmeal cups later today they sound great, and now I have to go check my cottage cheese ingredient list, I love cottage cheese so much I hope it isn’t full of gunk!

  21. Those cookies look delish! I am not a cottage cheese lover, but I might have to try the cookie recipe!

  22. Butternut squash is the BOMBBBBB after a work out, or ANYTIME really :)

  23. Mmmmmm Sweet Potato! So good!!

  24. Cottage cheese I can cook with, but I just can’t eat it out of the container. Is that weird? I didn’t realize there was much difference in brands. I should look closer. =/

  25. I love a clean ingredient list! I miss cottage cheese. It’s just so good! I won’t lie, my favorite post long run meal is bean burger salads with pickles mustard and ketchup! It’s the perfect mix of proteins, carbs, fats and salt to fill me right back up.

  26. Yum! You make cottage cheese look totally delicious! I need to try some of the recipes, especially the 8 layer dip. Looks SO good (and perfect with a margarita :) )!

  27. LOVE all of these ideas! Next time I go to Costco I am picking up the big tub and will start adding some of these meals into my usual routine. Can’t wait…thanks for sharing!

  28. It’s MONSTER COOKIE DAY!!!

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