A Cupcake Surprise

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Thank God for cupcakes!

Look what my wonderful and amazing husband brought home to me this afternoon: Babycakes cupcakes! :mrgreen: They totally made my day!


Mal chose two really yummy cupcakes: German Chocolate and Banana Chocolate. Of course, I stole a bite of each before dinner. 😉



I tried something new for dinner tonight: gardein Bqq Pulled Shreds. A few weeks ago, the gardein folks sent me a few coupons to try some of their products.

So, what is gardein?

gardeinâ„¢ is a wholesome range of tasty plant-based foods with a meaty texture. it’s made from soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut). gardeinâ„¢ is easy to digest and free of cholesterol, trans and saturated fats. the majority of gardeinâ„¢ foods are a good source of fiber and low fat too. gardeinâ„¢ is also animal and dairy free.


The ingredient list on the package was long, but nothing looked too scary, and I could pronounce all of the words.


Verdict: I was pleasantly surprised! 😀


I’m always wary of meat substitutes. Usually, they’re a complete disaster– weird textures, fake-tasting flavors, and hard-to-pronounce ingredients. But, this was not the case for the gardein Bbq Pulled Shreds. They were surprisingly close to the real thing. The shreds were tender and chewy, the smell was bold and authentic, and the bbq sauce was the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.


The Bbq Pulled Shreds even looked like the real thing!


If I hadn’t known already, I would have thought it was a real bbq pulled pork sandwich. I’m a big fan of this product. Mal loved it, too!


For dessert, Mal and I plowed through the Babycake cupcakes. They had no chance! 😉



For accountability’s sake, I ate a small bowl of Uncle Sam’s cereal with walnuts and raisins before dinner.


I was supposed to go out with friends for drinks tonight, but I decided to stay home and be a bum. Mentally, I am just spent. 🙁 Hopefully, an easy night at home will recharge me. I have a busy weekend ahead!

Happy weekend, all! 😀



  1. don’t worry, I let my honey go out on boys nights while I catch up on american idol or oprah…yes, I tivo oprah and the view daily. Great faux bbq sandwich and once again GREAT JOB MAL! those cupcakes look almost TOO good to eat!

  2. That pulled pork BBQ looks like the real thing, and that is coming from an NC native! I just sent your review of the products to a friend who is a pescetarian and a Boston transplant living in NC. It’s high time she tried NC barbecue….well as close as she’s going to get. 🙂

  3. Oooh, I’ve tried some of the gardein products, but just the fake chicken ones. I quite liked them too! Now, I really need to find me a man who’ll bring home cupcakes… 😛

  4. My dad recommended I might like this web site. He was entirely right. This article actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this info! Many thanks,

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