Cha Cha Chia

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.

Chia pug? So ridiculous, but I love it.


Here are some more photos of chia dogs!


I often receive questions from readers about chia seeds, which I eat almost every day”” just like today in my smoothie that I drank for lunch. In the mix: half of a frozen banana, raspberries, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, and a scoop of almond butter.

IMG_0001 (480x640)

I also ate a bowl of leftover roasted broccoli for lunch.

IMG_0001 (640x480)

Ok, back to the chia seeds.

So, I’m in the middle of reading Born to Run, which I like so far. I haven’t gotten to the barefoot running stuff yet, but the background info is really interesting. Anyway, the author sums up the awesomeness of chia seeds quite well:

In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re superpacked with omega-3s, omega-6s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber, and antioxidants. If you had to pick just one desert-island food, you wouldn’t do much better than chia, at least if you were interested in building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease; after a few months on the chia diet, you could probably swim home.

So, that’s what chia seeds are all about! If that doesn’t sell you on them, I don’t know what will!

Speaking of Born to Run, if you’re in town for the Boston Marathon, Christopher McDougall is hosting a Naked Run Around Back Bay on Saturday, April 16th at noon!

Ice Cream Truck Battle

For the locals:

Ben & Jerry’s and b.good will be in Harvard Square TODAY to give out free treats in an “Ice Cream Truck Battle” to decide who has the greatest ice cream truck in Boston and raise money for Back on My Feet!


The event takes place from 4:00 – 6:00 PM outside b.good’s Harvard Square location at 24 Dunster Street.

Off to take Murphy for a hike. He has a lot of pug energy today!



  1. Wow, that’s a pretty glowing endorsement of chia seeds!! I’ve been eating them for awhile now (sprinkled on oatmeal or mixed into my smoothies like you!), but I didn’t know they were so good for me. 🙂 Score!

  2. How would you compare chia seeds to flax seeds in terms of nutrition? I don’t really like the flavor of chia seeds but love flax seeds. Am I missing out on anything by using only flax?

  3. I love chia seeds, especially in oatmeal. It’s crazy how much nutrition they pack in! I think I’d have to disagree with that author though… as awesome as chia seeds are, I think I’d want something a little more filling if I were stuck on a dessert island. 😛

  4. Okay, I’m giong to sprinkle chia seeds on my dinner tonight! I’ve got a tofu curry dish planned. Chia will provide a nice crunch 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for providing info. about chia seeds. Although I’ve wanted to add them to my diet for quite awhile, I’m now convinced I need to – now. I’m also convinced I need to read “Born to Run.” Where do you buy your chia seeds? I feel like when I do a search for them on-line I come up with chia seeds to grow. I know they’re probably the same, but buying a bag of chia seeds for a garden just feels weird to me. My grocery stores do not carry them as I’ve checked already earlier this week.


  6. Wish I had an ice cream truck battle where I live. 🙁 Wow…didn’t realize chia seeds had that much going for them….not sure if I’ll jump on the bandwagon yet though!

  7. Wow chia seed is powerful stuff! I knew it was good but I can’t believe that “a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone”. I’m glad that I finally got my hands on it!

  8. Born to Run was a fantastic book – although Christopher McDougall spends a lot of time with some seriously wacky runners. It’s definitely entertaining and informative, and the amount of research he put into the perks of barefoot running had me go out and try it. Still, my favorite running book is The Long Run.

  9. I can’t find the other blog where you mentioned “Born to Run” but wanted to tell you I picked up a copy after seeing it here (and then stumbling on it at Target) and couldn’t put it down! I had been on the fence about barefoot running and have decided to make the leap and get a pair of Vibrams in the near future. I am sure I will feel silly the first few runs but I am excited to try it. Anyway, thanks for mentioning the book! Definitely one of my favorite in a while!

  10. I have never tried or heard about chia seeds until reading your blog. Can you eat them sprinkled on sugar free pudding? Also what do they taste like?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Join the community!

Get recipes, workouts. and discounts straight to your inbox for FREE!
© 2022 Carrots ‘N’ Cake. All Rights Reserved | An Elite CafeMedia Food Publisher | Funnel Build & Design by: Maria Filipina Co.