Sneaking in the Cottage Cheese #BornOnTheFarm

Gay lea cottage cheese Some of the finer things in life that I enjoy include butter, cheese and anything with creamy goodness to it. So when I was invited to be a Gay Lea ambassador for the next year, I licked my lips, rubbed my belly and said “YES”. Over the next year I’ll be sharing some fun recipes and experimenting with some new products. Many may not know that Gay Lea began in 1958 when a group of farmers came together with a common vision – to better the lives of Ontario farming families and co-operatives. Today, Gay Lea is the second largest dairy co-operative in Canada and is owned by over 1,200 dairy farmers.


Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, are totally mine! 


Gay Lea has launched a new product that will blow you away. Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese… you read it right. Smooth. As in all the benefits of regular cottage cheese without the lumps, or “yucky stuff” as Little Monkey likes to call them.  When the kids were young they both LOVED cottage cheese (the lumpy kind) but once they turned two neither of them would go anywhere near it. Given that cottage cheese is a great source of protein, vitamin B-12 and calcium (25% more than Greek yogurt!) I was trying to sneak it into dishes and EVERYONE (the hubs included) would complain about it and not eat the meals. So I gave up….until now that is.

gay lea cottage cheese


Enter Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese! I was able to trick everyone into thinking they were eating yogurt! Available in creamy and delicious Vanilla BeanSalted Caramel and Lemon flavours, Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with your favourite toppings. We haven’t tried all the flavours yet but we have been enjoying the Vanilla Bean cups and each one is packed with 10g of protein and has only 110 calories which makes it a great breakfast for those with a sweet tooth looking to avoid the calories. Little Monkey has been requesting the cottage cheese cups as her daily treat in her lunch box – now that’s a treat I don’t mind giving! 

Gay lea smooth cottage cheese


While I’d love to sneak the 100g cups in my purse for an afternoon pick me up at work, I’ve been saving them for home consumption. If the cheese hating hubs can be tricked into having Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese for breakfast, then surely the kids can be tricked into thinking it’s candy! I’ve been quite lazy and serving the cottage cheese in fancy glassware with a dollop of jam and some crushed cereal and fruit. Doesn’t it look fancy?

It’s also the perfect addition to any smoothie, shake, cake, and muffins for a guilt-free enhancement.There’s plenty of ways to enjoy this innovative new product and I’m eager to try incorporating it into my mom’s walnut carrot loaf over the holidays when I visit their B&B!

Did you know about Gay Lea’s new Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese?

  • {Erica}EverythingMomandBaby
    November 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I’ll have to get this for the twins. They’ll love it!

    • Yashy
      November 25, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      So decadent!

  • Cheryl
    November 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Our family just loves cottage cheese as well!! 🙂

  • kristen visser
    November 25, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    no way!! i had no idea there was such a thing!! this is absolutely amazing. my girls will love it

    • Yashy
      November 25, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      It’s new so keep an eye out for it when you go shopping next!

  • AD
    November 25, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I will have to try this; I normally HATE cottage cheese because of the consistency and texture.

    • Yashy
      November 26, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Let us know how you like it! Great source of protein

  • Jenn
    November 26, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Oh yum! I’d love to try the salted Caramel one!

  • Judy Cowan
    November 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I haven’t seen the lemon one yet but have tried the other two and love them both. I like the texture better than regular cottage cheese.

  • JaimeeM
    November 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    All I can say is “YUM CHEESE”

  • Stacy Scott
    November 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I am truly excited to try this with my family =) What a Great Post =) Thank you for sharing =)

  • George
    November 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I’m not a cottage cheese fan, but I just might have to give this a shot!

    • Yashy
      December 1, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Let us know if you do try it!

  • Amy Lovell
    December 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Ooh …Sounds yummy! Will have to keep my eyes peeled for this nect time im out shopping!

  • Suzie m
    December 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    my guys refuse cottage cheese but perhaps the smooth will go over better

    • Yashy
      December 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Let me know how it works out. I’m shocked by kids are still eating it!

  • Amy Heffernan
    December 13, 2015 at 9:55 am

    WOW! I had no clue about this. I bet my lil guy would love it. Looks good too! 😀

  • Branka Stefanovic
    December 19, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I’m so glad I read your review. I grew up eating everything dairy. Can’t wait to try the smooth version of cottage cheese. What will I do without the lumps??

    • Yashy
      December 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      hahah let me know if you like the lumpless variety!

  • Kimberly
    December 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I have seen these in stores, but wasn’t sure. I will have to try it out now

    • Yashy
      December 20, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Let us know if you end up trying it!

  • Nate
    April 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I want to try this cheese

  • janine a
    February 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    ouu looks good 🙂 i should try 🙂

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I have heard of Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese and that might be for me since I don’t like lumpy foods ie normal cottage cheese. A shame really since I do love cheese per se. I keep hoping that someone will get some and I’ll be able to give it a try – no luck so far 🙂

  • kathy downey
    February 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Still have not been able to finds those in my area yet,would love to try them

    • Yashy
      February 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Oh no Kathy! Is there a loblaws, metro or sobey’s by you

  • Wanda Tracey
    May 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    These really sound delicious. I have tried Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese and I love it.This is a great way to get some nutritious food into our kids.TY 🙂

    • Yashy
      May 20, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Let us know how it goes if you try this trick!

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