Ricotta, a miracle food obtained from the whey remaining after making cheese, is especially useful for mothers who have just given birth. They offer lots of nutritive substances necessary in the post-partum period, and they also help losing weight accumulated during pregnancy, as they contain the least amount of fat from among all cheeses.
What treasures does ricotta contain?
Good quality proteins in ricottahelp muscles over-solicited in childbirth to strengthen up.
Sulphuric amino acids take care of the health of the liver and the kidneys, two organs which are very important in restoring the body after pregnancy and childbirth.
Calcium help rebuilding the structure of the bones and prevents osteoporosis.
Besides containing the above useful elements, ricotta also has other qualities which make it very suitable for daily consumption:
- It’s very easy to digest – it contains hardly any casein, the problem protein found in milk, which can’t be processed by the digestive tract. Thus, breastfeeding mothers can eat ricotta daily without the risk of it making the baby colicky.
- It has a very low fat content – so it can be used in the weight loss diet;
- It offers a sensation of fullness fast, and it prevents hunger for a prolonged time –which makes it an even more suitable food for weight loss.
Just like other cheeses, ricotta shouldn’t be combined with meat or vegetables containing starch such as potatoes, peas, beans and lentils. Bread, pasta and rice are not a very healthy choice either, as they also make the digestion and absorption of nutrients found in ricotta difficult; instead of losing weight, you will only experience bloating and cramps.
To make ricotta efficient in the weight loss process and in maintaining the health of the body, it is indicated to eat it around 10 a.m. or 5 p.m., as during these times the glycemic levels in the blood drop and you may fall prey to unhealthy snacking.
Here are some healthy combinations of ricotta and other foods
Ricotta with a fresh salad. A salad made from tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, radishes and spinach sprinkled with olive oil, lemon juice and aromatic herbs is a perfect side dish to accompany ricotta.
Ricotta with grilled vegetables. Grilled zucchini, eggplants, onions, peppers and tomatoes along with ricotta make a tasty and healthy lunch.
Ricotta with dill, green onions and peppers. Mix ricotta with finely chopped dill, green onions and peppers for a dinner perfect to regain your silhouette.