As the mom of two active and hungry teenage boys, I’m always looking for healthy and delicious snacks that can be served on-the-go.  Gay Lea Nordica Smooth cottage cheese is low in fat and sodium, and is packed with protein.  Because of its silky smooth texture (that’s right, no lumps!!) I love using Nordica smooth as an ingredient in many of my favourite breakfast dishes and snacks/desserts.

Flavours include (click on each title to learn more):

Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean and Lemon

I’m excited to share some of my favourite Gay Lea recipes on CTV Morning Live Ottawa and Rogers Daytime Ottawa!

Recipes will include:

Salted Caramel Parfait

Easter Dessert made easy! Salted Caramel and Chocolate Parfait. Click here for the recipe.

Caramelized Apple and Salted Caramel Muesli

This might be the easiest, and most delicious hotel/spa inspired breakfast you will ever prepare.  Start your day off on the right foot with this make ahead muesli featuring Ontario apples, maple syrup and Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Salted Caramel Cottage Cheese.  Morning oats never tasted so good!

2 tbsp. (30 mL) Gay Lea Salted Butter

3 McIntosh apples, cored, and thinly sliced (about 3 cups (750 mL) sliced apples) *I prefer the skin on, but you can peel apples if you like.

1 tbsp. (15 mL) brown sugar + pinch cinnamon

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; cook apples, stirring occasionally, until very tender and light golden, about 5 minutes.  Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cook for an additional minute or two, until sugar has melted.  Transfer to bowl.

1 cup (250 mL) large flake oats

1 McIntosh apple, cored and diced (*skin can be left on)

2 tbsp. (30 mL) each; ground flaxseed and chia seeds

½ cup (125 mL) dried blueberries (*or dried cranberries)

1/2 tsp (2 mL) each; ground cinnamon and ground ginger

2 (100 g containers) Gay Lea Nordica Smooth Salted Caramel Smooth Cottage Cheese

¾ cup (175 mL) orange juice

2 tbsp. (30 mL) Canadian maple syrup (*or to taste)

2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest

¼ cup (60 mL) shelled sunflower seeds

Garnish: fresh raspberries

Place all ingredients (*except for seeds and raspberries) in a large mixing bowl with caramelized apples.  Stir to combine.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  When ready to serve, stir in seeds. Garnish each portion with raspberries.   Yields 4 cups (1 L).  Makes 8, ½ cup (125 mL) servings.


Lemon Cheese Fritters: moist, lemony mini pancakes that can be served as breakfast or dessert (my boys enjoy these as an afternoon snack). Click here for the recipe.


Cookie Caramel Cheesecake For one (or more): satisfy your sweet tooth with this single serve recipe, or quadruple it for a family size serving. Click here for the recipe.

Click here to learn what Registered Dietitian Stacey Stein has to say about Gay Lea Nordica Smooth cottage cheese.

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Charmaine is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, CHCH Morning Live, Canada AM & Breakfast Television and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing DSC_1081her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and running.

Charmaine is a proud ambassador of Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon: a celebration of Women & Fitness, come join in the FUN June 6th, 2016.  Hope to see many of you at the start line in 2016!  Click here to register.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind. For more tasty recipes visit

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