Healthy Eating Ideas from Canyon Ranch

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Canyon Ranch provided me with complimentary accommodations at their resort as well as a spa credit and Discover Your Fitness Age assessment. The opinions expressed are honest and all my own.

Guys, oh my goodness, I had such a nice time at Canyon Ranch. I absolutely loved everything about my time there, but, not surprisingly, one of the highlights for me was the FOOD. Food, glorious food. It was so delicious, fresh, and nutritious, and it inspired a number of healthy eating ideas to bring home with me. I thought you guys might be interested in them too, so here are seven that I especially liked and plan to incorporate into my everyday life!

7 Healthy Eating Ideas from Canyon Ranch

Pumpkin Crunch – This stuff is the bomb-diggity, and I couldn’t get enough of it while I was at Canyon Ranch. I seriously snacked on it all weekend. The base is pumpkin seeds, so it’s naturally gluten-free/Paleo and, well, it is just plain old delicious. I already made a batch of it this morning!


Green smoothies – I was doing great with my smoothie goal for 2015, but recently, I’ve started to slack off. When I was at Canyon Ranch, I drank three (yes, three) orange-mango-kale smoothies and they re-inspired my love for them. Bring on the green smoothies!


Almond butter + carrot sticks – Such a simple snack, but one I totally forgot about. I’m glad Canyon Ranch reminded me of it. I want to add it back to my regular snack rotation.

Eggs + butternut squash + goat cheese – I ordered a breakfast sandwich one morning and, my goodness, it was incredible. Inside was egg wrapped around butternut squash, spinach, and goat cheese with melted cheddar on top. OMGSOGOOD. I loved the flavor combination so much, I plan to take recreate this cheesy, veggie, egg-y goodness at home.



Peanut Butter Delight – The last time I visited Canyon Ranch, I wrote about my love for their Peanut Butter Delight, but I never made it at home. This time, however, I’m all over it, especially since I tend to go overboard on peanut butter, and the Peanut Butter Delight is a great way to cut calories and add more protein to my diet. I made my own version with Greek yogurt instead of ricotta, and it turned out great!

Small plates

On the first night of our visit, our media group enjoyed an amazing 6-course meal, which probably sounds quite indulgent, but each course was a small portion of a Mediterranean-inspired dish, featuring fresh, seasonal, and local foods. The menu was selected by chef Kyle Nottingham, who just happens to be Gina‘s brother. How cool! The small plates were such a fun way to try a bunch of different tastes without overdoing it.


Highlights from the meal”¦

Hearth Roasted Beet Salad with sheep’s blue cheese, kettle-cooked pecans, dragonfruit, and arugula. Everything was incredibly fresh, and it was fun trying dragonfruit for the first time!


Sear Scallops with grilled apple, bresola, and fennel salad. Once again, this dish was super fresh and flavorful. The flavor combination was so delicious together!

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Berry Tart with Zabaglione sauce. INCREDIBLE! The berries, sauce and crust were heavenly together. It was a dessert that I will probably never forget.


Soup – Similar to smoothies, soup is such a great way to add nutrients and volume to your diet. This Apple Parsnip Bisque had so much flavor, and I think it would be pretty easy to recreate at home. I also think Quinn would really like it!

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Question of the Day

How has traveling to a new place inspired a healthy eating habit of yours?



  1. Oh my goodness all of these foods look so yummy!!!! I need to introduce some more green smoothies into my life! I know they are so good for me, but for some reason I just get lazy 🙁 Oh and I have actually never had goat cheese! This is probably a super dumb question, but where can you get it? Any grocery store? Thanks!!!

  2. I’ve always always always wanted to go on a healthy retreat or to a wellness spa of some kind that has food like this. Typically on vacation, I tend to eat worse. I love the look of these meals and snacks!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I remember visiting California about five years ago and seeing fresh juice bars everywhere! It was a total eye opener to this Michigan girl. Not long after I left my corporate PR job and now work in health and wellness!

  4. Adding almond butter and carrot sticks to my list of easy, healthy snacks, thanks for the inspiration! Also, I looked at that smoothie recipe – did they add spinach or greens to it to give it the green color? Love smoothies, always.

  5. Wowza, so much goodness at Canyon Ranch! I am def trying that egg sandwich at home. Thanks for sharing your awesome eats 🙂 I travelled to Spain last year and had so many tapas (small plates) that have inspired much of what I eat at home, as well as what I order at restaurants.

  6. This food all looks so amazing!! I also forgot about how great soups are to fill you up on low cals. They are SO easy to make as well – here’s to some soup re-inspiration!


    1. It’s called Discover Your Fitness Age. A description is linked at the beginning of this post, and I’ll have a post up about it later this week! 😄

  7. Eggs and butternut squash! I never would have guessed that would be a good combination. Maybe I’ll make a quiche of sorts? Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Mouth is watering! So much freshness and deliciousness in one post! I can’t wait to make the pumpkin crunch. It looks like the perfect snack to keep with me on the go.

  9. Everything looks so good! I would love to have someone making healthy meals for me and cleaning up after me for a couple days.

    I actually make a version of peanut butter delight with greek yogurt all the time but I didn’t know it was actually a thing. So good!

  10. Cruises always inspire me to try new, healthy things. I know that sounds crazy because of the buffets, but I’ve always found the seated dinners to be the perfect, balanced portions and a great way to try new things.

  11. Butternut squash + eggs sounds SO yummy. I am going to grocery shop accordingly – Thanks for the inspo! When Tim and I went to Greece I was reminded of how delicious simple ingredients can be when you buy really fresh food. Also, OLIVE OIL on everything 🙂

  12. I love sponsored posts where you travel and show us your experiences. Sponsored posts like Blue Apron, not so much!!

  13. Please recreate the apple parsnip soup and share the recipe with us! Thanks so much and hope you are faring alright in the snow!!

  14. My heavily pregnant wife is all about the green smoothies at the moment :D. The Mango-Orange-Kale smoothie sounds great, might surprise her with one on Sunday morning! Thanks for the write up!

  15. what! that seriously.. come on now, that looks so delicious! I might just have to give this a try..that seriously just look too good to not try. haha. Thanks for this treat!

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