Happy Monday, Friends! You may have seen me mention across my social media platforms over the weekend that TotalBeauty included my advice as expert nutritionist in an article on Quark! So many of my friends reached out to me after reading the article saying that they had never even heard of Quark so I decided to dedicate today’s blog post to sharing this totally informative article with all of you.

I was thrilled to be included in the article as I love TotalBeauty but also because it was such a great fit for me. I’ve been enjoying Quark for years! Long before I moved to the United States, Quark was a diet staple of mine in London! As you’ll see me mention in the complete article I’m including below, Quark reminds me most of Greek yogurt and/or sour cream, delicious and creamy but without all the fat and calories–much healthier. It’s high in protein and calcium and low in salt and fat and sugar and works as an excellent replacement for high fat cheeses and/or sour cream. I used to eat it daily in London for breakfast mixed with fruit and granola for a filling, satisfying, healthy meal.

Below, I’m including the whole article on Quark that appeared on TotalBeauty. I encourage you to check it out and to give Quark a try. I’m honored to be included and over the moon that Quark seems to be making its way “over” the pond! xx Janine

Have you heard of quark? Nope, we’re not talking subatomic particles here — we’re talking superfoods. Though quark is widely available, it’s not as trendy as, say Greek yogurt, so not everyone is familiar with the stuff. But you know what? It’s well-worth getting to know.

“Quark is a high protein, fat-free, fresh soft cheese that has a similar creamy texture to sour cream without all the fat and calories,” explains nutritionist Janine Whiteson, MS. “While it draws similarities to cream cheese, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, it’s much healthier!” She notes that it’s higher in protein and calcium and much lower in fat than cream cheese, lower in salt than cottage cheese and much lower in sugar than yogurt. It has twice the protein than Greek yogurt while also including the gut-friendly probiotics that yogurt does. “Quark is also a great source of vitamin K, which is essential to healthy living, but not talked about often enough — it helps keep calcium in the bones where it’s needed and out of the blood vessels where it can cause stiffness.”

And in addition to all those benefits, quark is quite the versatile ingredient: “Being similar in texture to yogurt and cream cheese, quark can be mixed with fresh fruits, granola, nuts and honey, salads, spreads, dips and more and many recipes can substitute regular cheese or sour cream for quark,” says Dr. Luiza Petre, a weight loss and management specialist and cardiologist.

What type of quark should you try? Popular in Scandinavian, German and Eastern European countries, Dr. Petre notes that quark originally was equivalent to homemade additive-free cheese, but as it has infiltrated the U.S. market, different brands have popped up with sweetened and “flavors added” versions. That said, quark should have no added sugars or salts and Dr. Petre recommends only buying brands that are using organic or grass-fed cows with little to no additives.

Whiteson singles out Vermont Creamery as one of her favorite brands. “If you’re looking for flavored, no sugar added quark, a company that you can trust is Elli Quark; their products are sweetened with stevia, which is very rare to find in the U.S. diary market today.”

Any downsides to quark? “I really see no downsides at all,” says Whiteson. “I guess if you’re lactose intolerant or for someone that finds that dairy bothers them, they should stay away from quark. Also, vegans of course, because they can’t eat dairy.”

That said, according to Dr. Petre, quark is considered a low lactose and low FODMAP (aka Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols), which means it’s easy to digest and safe to eat for anyone who suffers from irritable or sensitive bowels. And since it has less lactose than yogurt or milk, some lactose intolerants may be able to give it a try.

How do you eat quark? With all that in mind, we turned to none other than the The Queen of Quark and asked her to share four of her favorite quark-based recipes. Born and raised in Bavaria, Germany, she has made it her mission to introduce this superfood to the rest of the world and teach people about its benefits.

To read the complete article and for Quark recipes, visit: https://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/superfood-quark-190307