Getting Stuck in the Sand at Duxbury Beach

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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Quinn and I had quite the fun morning at the beach yesterday! And we didn’t get stuck in the sand, so it was a definitely a WIN for us! More on this in a second…

My day kicked off with a tasting plate full of veggies, lentils, and a scoop of a new Jalapeno Lime Almond Dip from Trader Joe’s, which added some serious flavor and heat! And I love that the ingredients are super simple – just almonds, water, lime juice, jalapenos, EVOO, salt, and potassium chloride.

Ok, so about the lentils… I know I’m so not a lentil person (how many times have you seen them on this blog?), but Mal and I recently chatted about how much meat we consume, and, well, it’s a lot, especially with regard to the environment, our budget, etc. Our family is NOT going vegetarian any time soon, but we want to cut back on how much meat we eat, so we’re incorporating more beans, lentils, and Banza pasta for added protein. We’ll see how it goes! 🙂

After breakfast, Quinn and I headed to CrossFit for a “gym day.” On the agenda was a fun, quick workout. I scaled the KB to #26 pounds since my back was a little wonky after doing approximately 1 million on Saturday. Ain’t too proud to scale! 😉

After CrossFit, I refueled with an Atlas Bar, which are my newest obsession. They’re so darn delicious with simple ingredients and more protein, less fat, and just the right amount of carbs compared to a lot of other bars on the market. I’m a big fan!

Then, we swung by Coffee Shack for a donut and iced coffee – I just couldn’t say no when Qman asked! 🙂

After that, we drove down to Duxbury Beach to meet some frioends. We were actually there the day before and my poor Subaru got stuck in the sand a couple of times. Thankfully, Mal was with me, so we were able to get out without much issue, but, man, I was nervous about driving on the beach by myself. There are lots of nice people at the beach to help you if you get stuck, but I just didn’t want to be THAT PERSON chewing up the beach for everyone else. It’s hard enough drive without the sand being a mess! Long story short, it all worked out fine, we didn’t get stuck, and Quinn and I had a fun morning at the beach!

Quinn was absolutely obsessed with this crane and played with it forever! I actually got a ton of questions about it on Instagram, so I wanted to share the details here too. It would definitely make an awesome gift for a kid!

At the beach, I drank my iced coffee and snacked on a banana. I’m really trying to practice better post-workout nutrition. It’s actually semi-stressful for your body (and hormones) NOT to eat after a workout – you gotta feed your body!

Good times with my sweet boy! I’m so happy to spend more time with him!

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Questions of the Day

Does anything about driving make you nervous? 

What are your favorite high-protein vegetarian foods/recipes? 



  1. As someone who eats primarily plant based, I am always happy to hear about swapping out meat, even every once in a while. If everyone went meatless just some of the time it would have a huge impact on our environment. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!
    Anyways, I digress. Plenty of great ways to get veg protein- beans, nuts, tofu, tempeh. Trader Joe’s has the best and cheapest tempeh I have found! This is a go to recipe for my house:

  2. I just tried a lentils taco recipe with a carrot/jicama/cucumber slaw. Delish! Found it in a great vegan cookbook that you might enjoy, Tina (it’s called Thug Kitchen). Simple and tasty recipes.

  3. I am a vegetarian/almost vegan and I eat a lot of lentils. I don’t tolerate many types of beans, but lentils are one I do. I have found you can put them into any recipe calling for any type of bean with great success! I have a chipotle lentil sloppy joe that I eat often because it is one of my favorite things. I have found a lot of luck checking out vegetarian and vegan cookbooks from our library. There are so many good new ones right now! Check out Chloe Coscarelli’s books and my old standby “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone” by Deborah Madison.

  4. I have been making vegetarian “lasagna” using grilled eggplant or grilled zuccini instead of noodles and a homemade bean puree for extra protein and less cheese. (Basically “one pot” refried white or black beans) Then depending on the flavor of the beans and the type of cheese, it’s either Mexican flavored, Italian or even Thai.
    Plus, Thai lentil stuffed peppers – make red lentils with Thai curry paste and coconut or almond milk. They’re much creamier and more satisfying than green lentils 🙂

    I have been mostly vegetarian most of my life, and I eat plant based around 70/30 but with plenty of fish and the occasional burger and wings!

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