• About

    Welcome to Carrots ‘N’ Cake!

    Hi! My name is Tina. I’m 35 years old, and I live on the South Shore of Massachusetts with my husband, Mal, our son, Quinn, and our adorable pug, Murphy, a therapy dog.

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    I lovvvve food, but my real passion is fitness and exercise. My favorite ways to stay in shape are CrossFit and running, but I also love yoga, spinning, hiking, and barre classes. My love for all things fitness led me to earn a Level 1 CrossFit trainer certification as well as a NASM personal trainer certification.

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    About Carrots ‘N’ Cake

    Carrots ‘N’ Cake  is where I share my love of food, staying fit, and living a healthy life. While I try to pack the most nutrients possible into each meal, I have a number of favorite foods that are not necessarily “healthy,” but are still delicious and fun to eat. If eaten in moderation, I believe that the “bad” foods can be part of a well-balanced diet… hence, Carrots ‘N’ Cake! I also share lots of workouts and randomness from my life, so there’s always something new on CNC!


    This same philosophy and desire to share it with others helped me secure a book deal with Sterling Publishing. In May 2011, my book, Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time, was published. It’s based on my blog, so it’s a fun take on leading a healthy lifestyle– eating your carrots and savoring your cupcakes, too! Instead of restrictive dieting, obsessive calorie counting, and constant hunger, I show readers how they can drop the pounds (and keep them off) by adopting eating habits that are healthy, balanced, and above all, livable. My second book, The Part Time Vegetarian (PTV) Smoothies and Juices: Boost Your Immune System and Increase Your Energy With a Flexitarian Diet was released in July 2014.


    I hope you enjoy Carrots ‘N’ Cake! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at tina@carrotsncake.com.



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    { 32 comments… read them below or add one }

    kalamckala December 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    You’re a rockstar!


    Angela December 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I just found your website and I absolutely love it!! I am a runner as well and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I love that there are so many recipes in your website. Thank you for starting this great blog!


    Rebecca December 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I’m probably the only person who has read your book first before your blog 🙂 I’m in the middle of reading your book now and quite enjoying it.


    Tina December 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    So glad to hear that! Welcome to CNC! 🙂


    Anna December 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve been doing crossfit for 2 years and I feel like I’m in a rut. I’m glad I found your blog, you are truly an inspiration for 2013. Happy New Year!


    Diane @ Life of Di. January 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Tina! I just wanted to let you know that I just read your book (actually, I read it in one day.) 🙂 I have followed your blog a bit in the past but I just added it to my list to regularly follow. I found a lot of your stories really encouraging and can completely relate to your sweet-tooth binges. I’m working through this issue right now and, although I’ve had a few setbacks, keep pushing forward and try not to feel too guilty if it happens. Thanks for sharing your story with us 🙂


    rebecca @ blueberry smiles January 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    very cute! i love old navy….it’s so affordable and lately, they’ve had very cute things


    Chelsea Shibe January 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hey there! I just stumbled upon your website and love it. I live in Quincy, MA and noticed that you live in the South Shore too. Where do you do CrossFit? I currently work out at the BSC downtown because that’s where I work, but am always up for evening workouts (or someone to motivate me to workout before work) Let me know if you would ever want to meet up! PS- I just started going to Secret Physique Barre classes and love them! You should check them out! (www.secretphysique.com). Hope to talk to you soon! Chelsea Shibe


    Tina January 29, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I go to CrossFit 781 in Weymouth. It’s a great box!

    I love Secret Physique! I need to get my butt back there soon!


    MrsSoppeland February 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Love your website! Stumbled upon it when I googled Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower. Are you on Facebook?


    Tina February 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I am, but I don’t use it often. I’m more active on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


    Anneli March 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I completely agree with your philosophy. To be as healthy and fit as possible, but, still enjoy life is my motto! I’m quite a bit older then you. I work as an ER nurse and I plan on being healthy and fit for a very long time. Love your blog!


    Chelsea April 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    For me the challenge is setting the right push-yourself goal. One that is going to make you improve but not injure you. That’s the sweet spot I’m trying to find right now with my running. But I always try and remind myself that I can always pull back if I need to, so go hard 🙂


    Dalena April 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    So glad I found your blog. You’re going to help me change my body and my life. Thank you.


    Iman April 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    It’s soo nice to find a blog that I about healthy eating, fitness and great recipes!! Great blog and beautiful layout 🙂 x Imzie


    Erin H. April 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I absolutely love your blog. I look forward to every evening when your new post shows up in my mailbox! It’s a great ending to my day. Thank you! AND I have a slight obession with Murhpy 🙂


    Ani June 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Your blog is so inspiring for all the healthy tips and wonderful recipes you post! I have nominated you for the Shine On award, which can be found here http://milesforthought.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/shine-on-award/ Thank you for your great posts!


    Mariah November 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Wow! You’re blog is awesome! Thank you for sharing so many workouts, recipes, and lots of motivation. God bless you always! 🙂



    Sarah Grace November 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Tina! I’m so happy I was able to meet you through the blogger world and even able to appear on here myself 🙂 I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 I know you’re busy so you don’t have to feel the need to participate, but I just wanted to let you know that I did 🙂

    Sarah Grace



    Tina November 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Aww, thanks so much! 😄


    Fitness Gal Sara December 1, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I just found your blog and I have to say I’m little a bit obsessed! I’m really looking forward to trying out some of your recipes, Since I’m a breakfast nut I think I’ll start there (the french toast scramble caught my eye).

    Thanks for creating such interesting content!


    Pampered Latina January 11, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Hi I came across your blog and its simply inspiring. I started a weight loss blog recently to keep me accountable. Its been so much fun meeting knew people who are in the same weight loss wagon. I read and saw your transformation and feel very motivated. I am enjoying reading your blog. Check mine out when you get a chance and please let me know how I can better it. Thanks so much!
    The Pampered Latina


    Harry Ching February 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    So I was wondering. Does your husband really eat pugs? Can you share any recipes? I tried to fry and salt my pugs cheeks but they were too chewy. Help! Any hints would be appreciated.



    Abby April 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Love your blog – you have an amazing body too lady! x


    Steph April 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Is Mal short for something?


    leanrunnerbean June 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Tina – love your blog, I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time reading and learning! Thanks for being such an inspiration. Peace & love – Kate 🙂


    Paisley August 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Hi Tina,

    I managed to pick up a copy of your book. I’m loving it so far.

    After having two daughters, I’m looking to get back in shape. I’m sure your book will help me pull it off.

    You have an amazing bod and I can’t wait to start looking like you!


    Tina August 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I’m so glad you like it so far! 😄


    Kathleen Iacobacci, BCTMB July 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    A new massage client came in today noting your blog as the referral source. Thank you for mentioning Muscle Medics Therapeutic & Sports Massage.

    Best wishes,


    Tina July 30, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    That’s great!


    Reviewyu January 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Nice little blog!


    Gleckman March 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I have made this recipe many times, always in a double batch to allow for freezing of extras. I use oat flour instead of almond flour which allows for a denser muffin. I understand the idea is to have a Paleo muffin, but it is another option since walnuts are already in the muffin. I also add apples instead of raisins to cut back on the sugar and use Trader Joe’s unsweeted coconut for even less sugar. Try using a little less honey too. A great muffin that everyone loves!


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