We all know the importance of a balanced diet and how it helps you to maintain good health and reduces the risk of disease. Every day we need a certain amount of nutrients and calories to stay healthy. A balanced diet helps to keep our eating habits nourishing without overeating (more than what our body requires).
A balanced diet doesn’t mean you completely stop eating carbohydrates; it’s about balancing the right foods that contain the necessary nutrients.
Dairy products contain essential nutrients like protein and calcium, that you should always include in your diet.
Many think that adding dairy products into your meals could harm a balanced diet, but it will actually help to balance it. One of my favourite dairy products for a balanced diet is cheese curds.
Although cheese curds have cheese in their name, they are a pre-stage of the cheese before it forms into blocks, and aged. They have many health benefits and are full of nutritional value.
These protein-packed curds are also a versatile ingredient which can be used to make various delicious and healthy recipes. Here are five ways that cheese curds can be added into your balanced diet:
Cheese Curds Salad
Salad is something that when done right can be delicious. A regular salad might be boring to eat, but with the twist of including cheese curds in your salad, this salad will be super delicious and healthy.
To make cheese curd salad, you can add whatever fruits and vegetables you would like. I mostly like to use seasonal fruits like grapes, celery, and apple. Mostly I prefer to add apples into my salad because of the crunchiness and texture. It’s the perfect combination for cheese curds. You can also make this recipe more delicious by adding some walnuts and seasoning with few drops of lemon. A great salad with lots of flavour and balanced ingredients.
Baked Cheese Curds
Another healthy recipe that you can add into your diet is baked cheese curds. The most popular way to eat cheese curds is by deep-frying them, but this isn’t always the healthiest option. So, baked cheese curds can be a great option for a snack or appetizer.
They are very quick and easy to make; all you need is flour, eggs, and cheese curds. Beating 2-3 eggs in the bowl, add cheese curds and give it a good mix. Once the cheese curds are finely coated in egg, coat them with flour and bake for 5 minutes.
Cheese Curd Roll
No, it’s not a spring roll or a chicken roll, it’s a healthy cheese curd roll.
Take some fresh cheese curds and scramble them. Then season with finely chopped ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. Heat a pan, add tomato, cashews, ginger, garlic, and mix thoroughly. Cook on low heat and finally, add your seasoned and scrambled cheese curds. Now take a tortilla and put your scramble on and roll it up.
Bacon-wrapped Cheese Curds
This recipe combines squeaky cheese curds and bacon into a gooey appetizer that will leave you wanting more!
The recipe is very simple; all you need is bacon and cheese curds. Then wrap a piece of bacon around the cheese curd and put a toothpick through it so it doesn’t fall apart while cooking. Bake them for 10 minutes, and remove the tooth pick carefully, they might be hot, and now you are ready to eat.
Cheese Curds Cookies
If you have a sweet tooth, but you are trying to eat healthier, then this is the best dish for you. No unhealthy fats and sugar, all you get is protein. There are few things to remember when making these cookies – use natural sugar and unsweetened cookie dough.
To make the cheese curd cookies, you have to the cut cheese curds into small pieces and mix them with fruits, or dates (anything sweet). Wrap them in a cookie dough of your choice and then bake for 15 minutes.