Cottage cheese isn't vegetarian in the strictest sense of the word, and it's definitely not vegan. However, it IS one of the best meat-free sources of protein, so it's definitely worth adding to your diet. The delicious white cheese contains about 26 grams of protein per cup, the same amount of protein you get from regular cheese. However, the good thing about cottage cheese it's much lower in fat than regular cheese, not to mention a bit lower in calories as well. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="616"] Source: foodnetwork.com[/caption] Some of the health benefits of cottage cheese include: Rich in minerals -- Cottage cheese contains minerals like zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, and many more vital minerals. Loaded with Vitamin D -- Dairy products contain Vitamin D, which works with calcium to reduce the risk of breast cancer, burn fat, and improve bone health. Contains B Vitamins -- Cottage cheese is one of the many foods that contain B-complex vitamins that improve brain function, convert carbs into energy, synthesize proteins, enhance digestive health, and so much more! Whether you eat it with fruit salad or as a savory dish, it's absolutely delicious.