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Ball of mozzarella = a meal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I tolerate dairy pretty well and consider myself lacto-paleo. One of my favorite on-the-go meal hacks is to simply eat a ball of mozzarella cheese from a grocery store. This provides about 40g of fat and 40g of protein, plus a ton of vitamins & minerals, including vits A and B12, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, selenium, and choline. Plus, its n3-n6 ratio is 1:1. Looks pretty good on paper.

Well, Paleohackers, what do you think? Is this as good as it seems?

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks for the recipe for paneer - had been thinking about palak paneer for a while now but never got around to actually going out and looking for the details.

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on August 15, 2011
at 06:47 AM

akd, thanks for the paneer post! I just read it, so easy to make!! thank you!

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on August 15, 2011
at 06:44 AM

Mmmm I love palak paneer! There's a fairly good frozen indian brand I used to eat from the health food store... can't remember the name but it came in a red box. Not bad when you're in a pinch, haven't eaten it in probably a year though.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on August 10, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Yeah, next time you're in a grocery store, go check out the nutrition stats, which probably seem low prima facie because the serving sizes are set quite small. But it adds up to 40. And you can eat it much more quickly than a steak. I eat em like apples and tell my friends that it's 'nature's apple.' only make that joke to smart people, though, or it inevitably fails bc they think you're confused :)

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Eric - is it really 40g of protein in one fist sized ball? That's like having steak.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Eric - are you sure it's 40g of protein? That's like having steak.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on August 09, 2011
at 10:02 PM

Adam: yeah, I notice that when I splurge for expensive - i.e., 'real' - mozz. That said, the cheap stuff is tasty and fun to eat in a trashy way, in the sense that some people think that beer, pizza, and sex are good even when they're bad :)

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:47 PM

yum! Free Mozz and cherry tomatoes. Best. Food. Ever.

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I add some cumin. Heaven.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Thanks for the answer. Just wanna point out that the numbers are actually from the small ball, smaller than my fist, so long as its a full fat version. That's part of the charm, I think.

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Mozzarella is easy to make at home, and the only downside is that the store bought will be a pale shadow of how good the homemade is....

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:28 PM

Well, I'm probably quite a bit smaller and less active than you are and I don't think in terms of eating 40gms of protein in one sitting much.

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:28 PM

Sounds pretty wonderful to me. Will try it!

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:23 PM

Yes. I have fresh mozzarella, Burrata, and Bocconcini rotating in my fridge at all times. It's a good quick nutritious grab alone, I think, sometimes with a handfull of twee tomatoes or I'll make a quick salad of tomato, basil, the mozz, and chuck into a container w/chopsticks to drag with me if I'm running out the door. I love me my meat, hee hee, but I'm not going to whip out roast beef on the train :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:22 PM

what about a bowl of fresh ricotta? its amazingly delicious and so easy to make you will be embarrassed that you havent been doing it your whole life. or, paneer- also super easy to make and more portable than ricotta.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:56 PM

JCB: I see what you mean here, and its a good point, but there is one important difference. You'd have to drink over 4 cups of kefir to get 40g of protein. That's not crazy, but compared to eating a stringy ball of mozzarella, it sounds a lot less pleasant, at least to me. In short, the mozz is much more concentrated, in terms of both nutrient supply and eating pleasure (though I love kefir and drink it several times a week)

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Yeah, Adam, that was part of the point, but I'm definitely interested in all and any input bc it might point me toward stuff I hadn't previously thought of.

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Sage_, That's true and delicious, but I think part of the point of the questions was about what you could pick up at the store.

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on August 09, 2011
at 07:41 PM

a google search says its not so hard to make at home

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on August 09, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Make it RAW, grass-fed and I'm all over it!

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on August 09, 2011
at 07:05 PM

+1 for expediency that you can tolerate

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on August 09, 2011
at 07:04 PM

If I could have that mozz. ball made of grass-fed milk, I'd be all over it.

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on August 09, 2011
at 07:41 PM

a google search says its not so hard to make at home

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on August 09, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Mozzarella is easy to make at home, and the only downside is that the store bought will be a pale shadow of how good the homemade is....

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 09, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Make it RAW, grass-fed and I'm all over it!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 09, 2011
at 09:22 PM

what about a bowl of fresh ricotta? its amazingly delicious and so easy to make you will be embarrassed that you havent been doing it your whole life. or, paneer- also super easy to make and more portable than ricotta.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on August 09, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Yeah, Adam, that was part of the point, but I'm definitely interested in all and any input bc it might point me toward stuff I hadn't previously thought of.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on August 09, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Sage_, That's true and delicious, but I think part of the point of the questions was about what you could pick up at the store.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on August 09, 2011
at 10:02 PM

Adam: yeah, I notice that when I splurge for expensive - i.e., 'real' - mozz. That said, the cheap stuff is tasty and fun to eat in a trashy way, in the sense that some people think that beer, pizza, and sex are good even when they're bad :)

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:26 PM

i often grab a big wedge of kerrygold cheese for a snack on the go. it works well for me and i tolerate dairy well, too. i think the numbers on the mozzarella look good (thats from one of those BIG balls, i assume?)

but for another option, what about a bowl of fresh ricotta? its amazingly delicious and so easy to make you will be embarrassed that you havent been doing it your whole life. or, paneer- also super easy to make and more portable than ricotta. just to switch it up or whatever.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on August 09, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Thanks for the answer. Just wanna point out that the numbers are actually from the small ball, smaller than my fist, so long as its a full fat version. That's part of the charm, I think.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks for the recipe for paneer - had been thinking about palak paneer for a while now but never got around to actually going out and looking for the details.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on August 15, 2011
at 06:44 AM

Mmmm I love palak paneer! There's a fairly good frozen indian brand I used to eat from the health food store... can't remember the name but it came in a red box. Not bad when you're in a pinch, haven't eaten it in probably a year though.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on August 15, 2011
at 06:47 AM

akd, thanks for the paneer post! I just read it, so easy to make!! thank you!

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on August 10, 2011
at 03:41 AM

I am also lacto-paleo, but I try to eat cheese from goats, sheep, or buffalo in consideration of research on A1/A2 casein. It works for me personally: I tend to break out when I eat predominantly A1 casein, but I'm fine on A2.

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on August 09, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I'll sometimes get hypoglycemia from a snack consisting of only mozzarella or other cheeses. I assume that this is due to the casein. In the context of a meal, however, it wouldn't really make a difference. I should experiment at some point with buffalo mozzarella and see if the same is true, since I'm assuming the casein is at least slightly different.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I think so. As long as you tolerate dairy fine, it doesn't look so bad to me either. Admittedly I don't eat dairy so I don't know anything about the potential downsides of eating conventional pasteurised dairy, but there are many much worse choices you could make for an on-the-go meal from the grocery store.

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E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:02 PM

I don't see how this is much different really than someone having a smoothie made mainly of kefir or yogurt - except maybe for the live beasties in one and not in the other. I agree with the majority - if it's workin' for you, and it's not an everyday thing ...

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

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on August 09, 2011
at 09:28 PM

Well, I'm probably quite a bit smaller and less active than you are and I don't think in terms of eating 40gms of protein in one sitting much.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on August 09, 2011
at 08:56 PM

JCB: I see what you mean here, and its a good point, but there is one important difference. You'd have to drink over 4 cups of kefir to get 40g of protein. That's not crazy, but compared to eating a stringy ball of mozzarella, it sounds a lot less pleasant, at least to me. In short, the mozz is much more concentrated, in terms of both nutrient supply and eating pleasure (though I love kefir and drink it several times a week)

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