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 recipes from on:

Daytime Simcoe, Daytime York Region and CHCH Morning Live.

Recipes will include:


Vanilla Berry Dutch Babies: a simple souffle-like pancake topped with Vanilla Bean Nordica Smooth and fresh fruit. Click here for the recipe.


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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