At the start of every year, I find myself making a renewed commitment to simplify my life. This year I’ve been decluttering our home like never before, and I love my newly tidied space! Isn’t it funny how organizing and simplifying one area of your life causes you to want to organize and simplify other areas as well?
This has definitely been true for me this year. I’ve lost 5 pounds since the holidays, and I truly believe I owe that in large part to the process of simplifying our home. I don’t want the junk so much anymore — not in my house, and not in my body.
When you get the junk out, you make more room for the good stuff — both in your home AND in your diet, so I’m partnering with Friendship Dairies to bring you another healthy recipe with their delicious, protein-packed cottage cheese.
You may remember this Sweet & Crunchy Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl and this decadent Mediterranean Cottage Cheese Party Dip. This time we used their Superfood Generator to come up with this luscious Roasted Strawberry Smoothie recipe!
Friendship Dairies cottage cheese is The Original Superfood. It has been around since 1917, and it’s super high in protein — their 1% cottage cheese has 15g of protein per serving, and the 4% has 14g — making it a good source of long-lasting energy.
Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get more good stuff into our bodies because they’re easy and delicious, and my kids love them. Berry smoothies are my go-to. For this smoothie, we used roasted strawberries, raw honey, a banana, and Friendship Dairies cottage cheese to create a protein-packed smoothie that even the kids will want to devour.
Roasting the strawberries, especially in the off season, makes them a little more delicious, and it helps them break down easier in the smoothie as well.
The cottage cheese adds protein, raw honey is a natural sweetener with nutritional benefits, and the banana helps thicken it up. This combination of ingredients packs quite a nutritional and protein punch!
If you want to get creative with cottage cheese, go to the Friendship Dairies website and check out their innovative Superfood Generator. You will discover an endless variety of cottage cheese mix-ins along with information on their nutritional benefits to jazz up your cottage cheese. In fact, take it a step further and take a picture of your cottage cheese smoothie creation, then share it on my Facebook Page! I’d love to get more ideas for creative cottage cheese smoothies!
If you’re not feeling creative, try this recipe and let me know what you think!
- 16 oz whole strawberries
- 2 TBS sugar
- 1 cup whipped Friendship cottage cheese
- 2 TBS Honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup water
- ½ large banana or 1 small banana
- 1 cup Ice
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Clean and hull the strawberries. Place them in a small oven-safe dish, toss with the sugar, and roast for 30 minutes or until done, tossing once during cooking time. If your strawberries are large, halve them.
- Allow the berries to cool.
- To make the smoothie, combine the roasted berries, their juice, cottage cheese, honey, vanilla, water, banana, and ice in your blender; blend until smooth.
- Taste, adjust for sweetness preference as well as thickness. See notes.
The banana adds thickness, flavor, and nutrients. If smoothie is too thick, add a bit more water.
Roasted berries can be prepared a day ahead and kept sealed with their juices in the refrigerator.
I wrote this post in partnership with Friendship Dairies. All opinions and editorial decisions are 100% my own.