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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.

What a lovely day I’ve had! It’s 8 PM on a Monday evening and I’m relaxed! I don’t remember the last time this happened!?

My afternoon snack held me over pretty well, so I kept dinner light with an “everything-but-the” salad.


In the mix:

  • Romaine
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Red pepper
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Roasted turnip
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Leftover Nasoya noodles



I had some free time tonight, so I got busy in the kitchen! 😉

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Challenge Dairy, a dairy company in California, asking if I would be interested in participating in a holiday recipe showdown.

The deal was that Challenge Dairy would send me some free goodies, and then I would use those goodies to create a recipe using Challenge Butter in a category they would choose for me. They picked DESSERT for me. Perfect!


Here’s what I came up with…

Cherry-Coconut Baked Apples

Recipe inspired by Martin Breslin


  • 4 large apples (I used Macoun, but just about any would work)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp Challenge Butter
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2-3 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove core from each apple.
  • Combine all ingredients (minus apples) in a mixing bowl. Blend well.
  • Place apples in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish.
  • Fill center of each apple with mixture.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until apples are tender.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (optional).





Amazing baked apples! :mrgreen:


Carrots ‘N’ Cake on FitSugar

A reader emailed to let me know that she saw an article for Oatmeal, Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins on FitSugar— and she was happy to see that Carrots ‘N’ Cake was referenced as the inspiration! So cool! I love FitSugar!

Campbell’s Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the Campbell’s Giveaway! There was a crazy number of entries!

Stay tuned for more giveaways this week. There are at least a couple on the agenda! 😉

Here’s your random winner: 265

Congrats to #265! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address.



  1. Mmm I have had WHOLE baked apples in forever–only the half-assed micro chopped ones haha. Baked apples were the first dessert I ever cooked on my own when I was like 10; I was so proud! Yours look more sophisticated than my 10 year old version, of course haha

  2. I’m very happy that you are so pleased with your new schedule/life. I think so many people are overworked and constantly stressed, and for those of us who like to live healthy lifestyles, that way of life is not healthy at all. I switched careers a couple years ago because I was miserable behind a desk for long hours. Now, I’m a first grade teacher and I’m off by 3:30 everyday. I enjoy my afternoons by working out & cooking healthy dinners. I’m a much happier person now! Congrats to you for making it happen.

  3. So glad you’re enjoying the new job and life! The baked apples look out of this wold! I have been wanting to make up some apples over the last couple weeks and just have not gotten there!

  4. I’ve stolen your idea of having a big tasty salad as a meal at least once a day, and it’s really helping me to lose weight and stay full! I’ll talk about it more on my FGW post at the end of the week. 😉

  5. You always come up with the best “healther” desserts! I usually have the ingred on hand which is nice 🙂 I’ve never made baked apples but now I so want to!

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