I Started My Day With an Iced Coffee Date & Barre Class {Friday}

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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Hello, hello! Happy Friday, friends!

Let’s get right to it with a recap of my eats and happenings from the day! (I’m publishing this post a little earlier than usual because I have a hot date with Mal, Q, and Murphy on our back porch with some apps and adult beverages””for the human adults, of course!)


Whole wheat toast with almond butter, banana, and Fage Greek yogurt


After breakfast, I swung by Marylou’s to grab a couple of iced coffees (Hawaiian Chocolate Nut) for myself and my friend Chrissy, who I was meeting later that morning. I hadn’t seen her since I was pregnant, so it was nice to catch up and talk about new mom stuff.

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After some girl talk with Chrissy, she kicked my butt in her barre class. Oh my goodness, that ish hurts!!! Those little hand weights get me every time! Haha!

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Open-face egg sandwich on whole wheat with Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle from The Laughing Cow

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And almonds and dark chocolate x 2


After lunch, I went to the park with my favorite guys!

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After the park, I was hungry again, so I cooked dinner early and ate some of it for lunch. It turned out great, so I wanted to share the recipe with you guys!

Sautéed Kale with Chicken Sausage, Broccoli & Feta


  • 12 ounces chicken sausage, sliced
  • 6 ounces feta crumbles
  • big bunch of kale, chopped
  • broccoli florets
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic powder, salt + pepper to taste


Directions: Cook sausage as directed. Sauté broccoli and kale in olive oil and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.


Add everything to a big bowl along with the feta and mix together. EAT!


Questions of the Day

How did you start your day today?

What’s on the agenda for your Friday night?



  1. I actually started my day with one of your HIIT workouts as I’m traveling right now (one you can do anywhere – planks, burbees, lunges, squats…) and it kicked my booty big-time, so thanks!

    I love using chicken sausage for anything and everything – it’s so easy to throw in! Great recipe!

  2. My best friend is currently in the hospital in labor!!!! My Friday night consists of sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for updates!!!

  3. Curious what park you guys take Murphy to? We are always looking for a new place to take our very energetic pup in and around the city.

  4. I started my day with a Smoothie-Bowl (tofu, a banana, two apricots, gojiberries and a carrot).
    Tonight I’m staying at home and preparing food for my birthday party tomorrow. The glutenfree chocolate cake in the oven already smells amazing!

  5. I love coffee dates in the mornings with friends! It’s nice to get out of the house early in the day, especially for something fun. This morning I started the way I do every day: morning walk with my pup for some iced coffee 🙂

  6. This morning was sleep in day! My husband, our friend, and i kayaked around yesterday so i was all for sleeping in! Friday night consists of homework (summer school…blah!) and getting ready for my work weekend.

  7. I started my day off with a run. It was a gorgeous morning — 64 degrees and sunny!

    Tonight, my husband and I are going to visit my parents along the way to Cincinnati (and to drop off the pup). We’re taking a weekend trip there to catch Norm Macdonald standup and take in a Reds-Pirates game.

  8. I went to the gym this morning for strength training. It was leg day and I hate legs. I also popped into a step class randomly to see if they’re still like I remembered. Then I bought my first juicer EVER. I’m so excited to get my juice on!!!

  9. Oh my gosh, I love Marylou’s! I have family that lives in Cohasset and we went there last time I visited. It was amazing!

  10. Wow! You are super women! I didn’t do too much right after I had my baby girl, I wish I had had half of your energy 🙂 Are you able to just pump between your classes and other activities when your baby isn’t with you? I feel like my baby girl nursed every hour and a half or so in the beginning ha, I was always nursing! Your dinner looks so good!

  11. I couldn’t help but noticing a few mentions of cocktails lately, and the breastfeeding. I’m a first time with a two month old and have yet to indulge in my first drink back yet (the HORROR!). Do you pump and dump? How long do you wait between your drink and letting him nurse? Inquiring minds (that need a damn glass of wine or a margarita) want to know 😉

    1. I’m no expert but an alcoholic or caffeinated drink once in a while will not harm your baby if you are breastfeeding. But it’s up to you. I breastfed my daughter and did not sweat having a glass of wine or a beer.

  12. That lunch/dinner sounds good! I think I need to try sautéed kale again because I only did it once and it came out kinda dried out almost like kale chips. I typically enjoy it as a salad now.

    I usually enjoy chocolate chips, but I’m liking the way your chocolate chunks. Waiting for the kids to wake up so I can go visit hubby at work for coffee and something sweet. 🙂

  13. Random comment here!! When is your juicing book coming out? I just bought a juicer too and have no idea what to do with it!

  14. I actually started my day with coffee, whole wheat toast and earth balance, and Pure Barre! It was the best start to a Friday though I wish I had some of that Hawaiian Chocolate Nut Coffee! That sounds amazing!

  15. Not much of anything! Had a busy day of preparing the menu plan for next week and the grocery list, did my workout, showered…relaxing a bit before time to make dinner and then probably catch up on some tv shows from this week. Have a great Friday night!

  16. I started my day with some overnight oats and catching up on the news online. Later this evening I will be teaching a BODYPUMP class and then going out for a casual sushi dindin with my husband. A great Friday in my book.

  17. I worked till 3pm today then hit up the grocery store straight from work. Now I’m going to have an early dinner before body pump (crossing my fingers for the new release tonight!!) then blizzards from DQ on the way home. Sounds like a great Friday to me 🙂

  18. My dad started with a run along the beach! I have no idea how long we will live in Cali, so I try and go as often as possible. Seeing the sunrise over the waves NEVER gets old!!!

  19. The almonds and dark chocolate sounds so good right about now. I love chicken sausage and lately I have just been throwing it on the grill with asparagus, peppers, onion, tomato, zucchini, etc and letting it get all blackened. So good!

  20. Love the photo of Murphy, he looks so happy in the water! Friday started with sunflower butter on gluten free toast and a workout on the treadmill and finished with early Bastille Day celebrations (macarons and lots of cheese!)

  21. If it’s not too personal, I’d love to know more about your nursing supply/pumping. Seems like you must have an oversupply to do everything you’re doing. It fascinates me since I had an under supply. Are you doing anything or did you do anything while pregnant to support that? I’m pregnant again and considering giving it another go with nursing. You make it seem manageable.

  22. I was never brave enough to drink during the day I was always scared my son would need to nurse before I could pump! Lol are you still nursing?

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