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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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I slept through my alarm again this morning! 😕 But, this time I didn’t manage to squeeze in a workout. I slept well past my alarm and into the morning. I didn’t wake up until 6:35 when Mal woke me before he left the apartment for work. I guess my body was telling me that it needed sleep! Now, I am rushin’ around the apartment eating breakfast, blogging, and getting ready for work. Gah!


I ate a very yummy breakfast this morning: Oats + granola + Barney Butter.

The nice guys at MixMyGranola recently sent me a packet of their “Enhancer Sample Mix” to test out. The ingredients in this mix included Organic Granola, Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, and Roasted Almonds with the enhancers of Caffeine and Lucuma.

About the Enhancers:

Caffeine: Skip you Starbucks and have your caffeinated granola instead. A great way to get your morning started! We are adding 100mg of caffeine which is the equivalent of an 8 ounce cup of coffee.

Lucuma: Lucuma is an excellent source of fiber and beta carotene. Peruvians also use it to flavor ice cream. Healthy and great flavor! Lucuma is considered a healthy alternative sweetener as it lends a sweet taste to recipes, but is very low in sugars. With naturally occurring beta-carotene, niacin, and iron, lucuma powder is a welcome antidote to notorious “empty calorie” sweeteners.

The MixMyGranola Enhancers are a really cool idea for “souping-up” your granola mixes. I don’t think caffeine would be my first choice since I drink at least a cup of coffee per day, but there are a number of enhancers that seem pretty great, such as Spirulina Powder, Bee Pollen PowderMangosteen Powder, Green Tea Powder and a bunch that I’ve never heard of, but sound interesting and beneficial. (FYI: There are 16 different enhancers from which to chose.)

Taste-wise, the sample of MixMyGranola with the enhancers was just as delicious as their regular granola mixes. These two enhancers, in particular, didn’t add any weird flavors or aftertaste, and the mix was fantastic blended into my oatmeal this morning!

I’ve resorted to “packets ONLY” as far as having Barney Butter in my house, and the automatic portion control has helped with my BB addiction quite a bit. I can’t be trusted around a jar of this stuff, but I’ve been able to stick to 2 packets with my oats each morning.

I also helps that it’s a pain-in-the-butt to squeeze the almond butter out of those BB packets! It deters me from going back for a third (or forth) packet! 😉

Question of the Day

This morning’s post title inspired today’s Question of the Day…

What is your heritage?

If you’re curious, I am mostly Irish and Italian (possibly Sicilian?) with some French mixed in. I guess this is why I get a sweet tan in the summer, but with freckles all over my face!

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