Cold Soup

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.


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.

For lunch this afternoon, I made myself a delicious bowl of Creamy Broccoli Soup topped with kale chips and walnuts and some Kashi TLC crackers on the side.

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Mmmmm”¦ thick, hot, creamy soup on a chilly January day is simply the best.

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I only ate a few bites of my soup before I was roped into an intense game of Pug-O-War with Murphy. He’s so darn cute, I couldn’t turn him down.

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Playtime started out innocently enough.


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But, then things got a little crazy. (I even broke a sweat!) Murphy showed his stuffed dragon who’s boss!

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In order to prove my pug dominance, I must shake you silly!

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Dragon, you are weak… and flimsy!

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Friend, are you okay? We were just playing, right? I hope I didn’t shake you too hard.

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Ok, Mom, enough with the camera.

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When pug playtime ended, I finally finished my soup. (It needed a quick nuke it the microwave.)

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It seemed like the pug still had some energy to burn, so I took him for a long walk after I ate my lunch (for the second time).

I’m semi-obsessed with NPR (I listen any time I’m in the kitchen or my car), so I searched for an app to listen to it on my iPhone on my walk with Murphy this afternoon. It turns out that NPR has a news app that let’s you listen live or on demand. Cool!

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On our walk, I listen to an interesting piece called Where Is Twitter Taking Us? Apparently, Sweden (as in the Scandinavian country) is giving control of their Twitter account to a different citizen every week of this year. How cool is that? Anyway, it was a really great news piece, so if you’re into Twitter, you’ll definitely like it!


As an afternoon snack, I enjoyed a Maple Scone with peanut butter spread on top. I’ll share the scone recipe soon!

Some serious R & R is on the agenda for this evening. My body is still tired from Monday and Tuesday’s workouts!



  1. Murphy makes me smile every day 🙂 I think about my two crazy dogs and what they are thinking when they are playing and especially when they give that blank and confused stare.

  2. I am also obsessed with WBUR – my husband made a donation for me for a Christmas present.

    We listened to the station – streaming live- in my car on our way back from NJ over the holidays. I was also thinking of trying to find a small sound system (inexpensive) to hook my iphone up so I can listen to WBUR or podcasts while I make dinner…!

  3. My lunch today was interrupted by puppy playtime too- it’s very hard to turn down an itty-bitty, 10 week old puppy! I’m having a hard time putting him in his crate [although they assured us it’s the best way to crate train him] and hearing him whine… I’m a sucker for sweetness 😛

  4. OH, my goodness, how much Murphy reminds me of my Flora when it comes to puggy playtime! We call it “gettin’ puggy” in our house! 😉 He is so freaking cute. I, too, adore NPR, Tina, and am so excited to hear about this app! It will be going onto my iPhone and iPad directly!! Thanks for the tip!
    Question for you–as you increased your mileage/frequency of weekly runs over time, did you find you were more fatigued initially? I have been really exhausted lately (not sure if it’s partly due to the holiday season we just went through!), and am a little concerned as to why… I’ve definitely been running more, so that’s a possible reason. Your soup lunch looked delish!!

    1. Yes, definitely! It gets easier though. Hang in there! If you need to take a rest day, be sure to give yourself a break. I always feel better/stronger after a day off!

  5. I don’t think we will ever see the U.S. giving control of their twitter account to citizens. The Scandinavian countries are much cooler than us about those things!

    I’ve been on a scone kick lately so I can’t wait to see the Maple recipe.

  6. Murphy is so cute! My dachshund does the same things. Shakes her toys and then proceeds to pull all the stuffing and squeaky part out.

    I had a horrible tooth extraction today so I also made broccoli soup and put steamed veggies in it and then used the immersion blender and made mush and added ground flax seeds. It was delicious. Do you grind the nuts?

    I also love NPR. I love to listen to CarTalk when I need a good laugh

  7. mmmm I love Kale Chips! I always pick some up from Whole Foods when I go. I have tried to make them at home before with my dehydrator, but they never seem to turn out tasty like Whole Foods kale chips. Have you ever tried to make them from home?

  8. I have a question about Thai food! What do you believe is the lowest in calorie and most healthy choice when ordering food from a Thai restaurant?

    1. Hmmm… I’d probably order something with a lot of veggies, lean protein (chicken, pork, seafood/fish), and avoid the thick, greasy sauces.

  9. I LOVE murphy pics. Love the “friend, are you okay” one. My toy poodles do the shaking silly thing. Then they get all upset when I have to take a toy away b/c they ripped the stuffing out of it!

  10. Yum! I want to try that soup, it looks great! and yes please give the scone recipe! I LOVE scones..I always make your pumpkin choc chip ones!
    I made some homemade butternut squash soup was amazing and so easy!!

    20 oz peeled and cube butternut squash (i bought the already peeled and cubed cuz im lazy!)
    4 cups of fat free chicken broth
    1/2 onion, sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil
    1 apple chopped
    teaspoon curry
    teaspoon nutmeg
    teaspoon cinnamon

    combine all ingredients in large pot and bring to a boil..reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until squash is very tender!
    carefully pour into blender to blend and make soup! 🙂

    Theres the recipe if you were interested! It was super easy and delicious!

  11. I’ve got kale in my fridge…and a new year’s resolution to try it again (and find a recipe I like for it). Looks yummy when you sneak it in like you did. 🙂

  12. I love NPR too! I grew up listening to it especially on Saturday mornings. Click n Clack and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me were always family favorites. Did you see that Wait Wait went to England to film an episode? It was on BBC America in the last week or so.

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