Early Bird Special

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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In college, my friend Katey and I often used to hit up the dining hall a little after 5 o’clock for dinner””mostly because we wanted to avoid the crowds, but also because we were old ladies, who enjoyed the early bird special. Nearly a decade later (seriously, how is my 10-year college reunion this May!?), I’m still a big fan of the early bird special.


On the menu for dinner last night: Make-Your-Own Quesadillas.

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In the mix: whole wheat tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese.

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Red and green bell pepper, tomatoes, cabbage, and chicken.

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I added a little of everything (and a lot of cheese) to my quesadilla.

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Yummmmmm! I have to admit the cabbage was sort of a weird addition to my quesadilla. I actually ended up picking it out because it just didn’t jive with the other flavors. Oh, well, it was still fun to give it a try!

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By 5:34 PM, I was sitting down to dinner and Bethenny Ever After. Hooray for the early bird special!

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After dinner, I enjoyed a piece of toast with sunflower butter and butterscotch chips for dessert.

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Question of the Day

What time do you normally eat dinner? Are you a fan of the early bird special?

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  1. I don’t think that I could ever eat dinner earlier than 8 pm. I usually have a snack around 4:30-5:00 to hold me over. I like to relax a little bit after I come home, and then start to cook dinner.

  2. During the weeknights, I like to eat immediately after work. Something about leaving work makes me ravenous!! On the weekends though, I eat absurdly late (9 at the earliest). I should probably come up with a better schedule, right? 🙂

  3. I could eat dinner at 5 or 5:30 every night, but I usually wait until 6. Whenever I go to FL to visit my grandparents, I am ALL OVER the early bird special!

  4. We have always had dinner between 5:30 and 6pm, but I am trying to get in the habit of eating a bit later now. When we eat early, I tend to snack after dinner…not good!

  5. I always eat dinner around 5:30 everyday. I don’t think I could wait any longer to eat. My days start at 5:30am and I normally eat breakfast around 8, Lunch around 12:30 so by 5:30 I’m starved. It’s funny you bring this topic up too. My b/f and I bicker about dinner time a lot. He thinks I’m the only person in the world that eats early and most “normal” people eat around 7 or so. Ha..he was wrong!

  6. Ha! I live in NJ, home of the local diner. My hubs and I used to regularly go for the early bird specials. It was like $10 and their food at the one near us was actually high quality! So we went all the time, around 4:30. Yep, we’re old too.

  7. My husband and I are like an elderly couple already. We frequently go to dinner around 5pm. Last Friday we went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants at 7:30 and it was super packed which kind of sucked. We felt really justified for our early bird special habit!

  8. My husband doesn’t get home from work until 6:30 or 7, and it is a non-negotiable that if he will be eating at this house, we eat as a family (sometimes his work requires him to shmooze other people at dinner). Sadly, because I’m so highly distractable and looney while I make dinner by that time, it can be as late as 7:30 or 8 before we actually sit down. (I much prefer to sit down by 7).

  9. I’m a huge fan of the early bird special – I can’t eat too much after 5:00 or I’ll pay for it with a night of no sleep and stomach pain

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