Here Fishy Fishy

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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It’s the final day of February, which means it’s the last day of my 30 Healthiest Foods Challenge. For the most part, incorporating these foods into my diet really wasn’t that difficult. I already enjoy most of them, but there were a couple that I just didn’t jump for joy about and waited until the last day to eat: lentils and sardines.

I like lentils, so planning them into my menu for the day was easy: I’m making Winter Lentil Soup for dinner tonight. (The last time I made Winter Lentil Soup, I loved it, but I ate it for days and days and days, so I plan to make a much smaller batch today.)

The sardines were a lot more difficult to plan into my diet. Canned sardines, in particular, really bug me out– mostly because of the way they look– so I opted for fresh ones from the Whole Foods fish counter. I ended up buying a few sardines fillets (with their heads cut off), which were marinated in basil-flavored oil.

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See, they’re not so scary.

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I added the sardine fillets to a salad with leftover roasted veggies and greens. (That big black orb is a roasted onion. It sort of looks gross, huh? Sorry about that. )

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I’m not going to lie and tell you that I like sardines now, but they were a lot better than expected. The fillets were butterflied and the heads were removed, so they didn’t look gross and weird like the canned kind. The basil flavor also helped cut the super strong fishiness.

To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever buy sardines again, but I’m glad that I gave them a fair chance. I also not as afraid of them now. So, for instance, if they were in a recipe or a dish at a restaurant, I wouldn’t completely avoid them like I have in the the past.

Are there any foods that you are ”˜afraid’ to eat? If given the chance, would you try them?

Back on My Feet

Remember when I went to the Boston chapter’s launch of Back on My Feet (BOMF)? Well, since last May, Back on My Feet has grown by leaps and bounds in Boston!


After a strong start with three initial teams (Boston Rescue Mission, Hope House and St. Francis House), BOMF expanded to Father Bill’s Place in Quincy as well as the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Now, with five thriving teams, BOMF is extending it’s reach across the river to Somerville. On March 14, they will officially launch the chapter’s sixth team with the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

If you’re interested in joining a BOMF team, you can find out more here! It’s such an amazing organization and they have chapters in other areas of the country too. I’m seriously considering joining a team now that BOMF has expanded to my area!



  1. I used to have a coworker who ate sardines in the lunch room. So offputting! I have not been interested in trying them since! I like anchovies ok as long as they’re all ground up and in caesar salad!

  2. I really, really want to like sardines, but I’m just not there yet. There aren’t any foods that I’m afraid to try – I’d probably try anything – but there are some things that I just can’t stomach, like cottage cheese, whey protein powder and chicken liver. Yuck!

  3. Not that any of these have nutritional value, but I’m literally afraid of cow brains, marrow, stomach etc.; any of those foods you’d see on No Reservations or Bizzare foods. I mean, EW!

    1. Jenna,
      I’m with you! I see those things in the meat case and cringe! Another gross thing is tripe. It looks nasty!

  4. Any kind of fish is a total gross-out food to me b/c my parents I used to go fishing with my dad. I saw fish flap around in the boat, get their heads chopped off, and then later served on a platter. No wonder I’m a vegetarian!

  5. I don’t think I could eat sardines — and I had canned salmon for the first time a few weeks ago and that was too much for me as well! The bones just creeped me out.

    I watched an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker where they ate something like duck embryos? No thank you. I also wouldn’t want to eat anything too “Fear Factor-y” like bull testicles.

  6. You’re brave! I’m certainly in no hurry to try them but I suppose if they were in a restaurant dish that sounded good I’d be open minded. I hate tuna fish (in a can, fresh is good) and salmon and I feel like sardines would be along those lines. Ick.

  7. This is the only food on the 30 day challenge that I haven’t had yet! With one day left, I don’t think it is going to happen!! I’m mad at myself for not meeting this goal, but I just couldn’t do it. I doubled up on salmon to make up for it! 🙂 Now that I know about these less creepy sardines at Whole Foods maybe I will give them a shot soon!

  8. I like sardines but only on my pizza. I can only eat a small amount. This week at my house we’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’s B-day with healthy foods inspired by his books & characters. I’m kinda laughing while I’m reading your post b/c my boys would freak out if I served sardines at their reading party. I think they’d prefer goldfish crackers or swedish fish when reading the book, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish! LOL 🙂

  9. Congrats on eating sardines! After looking at that picture they really don’t look so bad. I’ve never eaten them before but I think I would be ok with giving it a try just to say that I’ve done it!

  10. OooOO that loooks sooo good! I love fish, and the wangier smell, the better. haha! To be truthful, I’m not sure if I have any foods I wouldn’t try or that I’m afraid of. I love to try very exotic foods or new-to-me ones, but I’m sure there’s something out there. Well! If you consider caramelized roaches (in some countries) food, then I’d be afraid to death to try that!!! Sorry tmi lol

  11. They actually look pretty good!

    If it were me, I would make a caesar dressing out of them (instead of anchovies) so that I wouldnt have to actually eat the flesh the way it looks.

    I think its a texture/smell thing with me.

    They are amazing for you though so good for you for getting it done!! 😀

  12. I don’t think there’s a food I’m afraid to eat. I usually try everything once. Proud of you for eating the sardines. I personally would have probably disguised them in a sauce or something and blended it up so I couldn’t see them but you went all out!! 🙂

  13. I’m afraid of liver. The thought of eating a liver totally grosses me out! i think I would only try it if it was dressed up REALLY nicely. Or if someone tricked me into eating it, which wouldnt be the first time someone tricked me into eating something questionable!

  14. Well, you’ve inspired me. I think I’ll approach the 30 healthiest foods next month. Although happily I already eat a lot of them, so it’ll be easier! Sardines…wow…I probably will leave them until last too. Although approaching them first might be better…

  15. Although I am a really picky eater in my everyday life, I will try ANYTHING once! I recently just tried sweetbreads (pancreas, and sometimes thymus gland, of a young calf). It was prepared REALLY well but I don’t think I would get it again.

  16. Sardines, not for me. However, they always seemed to be recommended in prenatal books and magazines and I remember when I was pregnant, they were always touted as good sources of protein and iron. Never tried them though.

    Lentils. The past couple weeks, I have made sooo many recipes with lentils. Including just the other day a Sloppy “Bean & Lentil” Joes recipe.

    Have a great day, Tina!

  17. I consider myself pretty adventurous when it comes to weird foods…however my hubby and I are moving to Seoul, South Korea…and I realized upon going to my first Korean restaurant that I have “fear” towards food that looks like what it really is! Like a fish with head and eyeballs looking at me, or a steamed baby octopus, tentacles, suckers and all! Aahhh…major food nightmare for me. Don’t even get me started on the chicken feet!

  18. i do like my sardines; i guess i was never weirded out to begin with since i like a cheap, sustainable option. i am a little scared to try squid ink, only because i’m afraid i’ll order it and hate it and it’s expensive.

  19. i don’t think i’ve ever had sardines (except in caesar dressing) but i hear they’re very good for you! hmm…i’m not really ‘afriaid’ of any foods, although i don’t eat meat or dairy so i’m not exactly a “foodie” either.

  20. Eek, I’m just not sure I can do the sardines thing… I am afraid of olives. And I know what your thinking….olives are nothing to be afraid of, but I just can’t stand them. I’m sure they aren’t as bad as I think they are but there is just something so wrong about them! Maybe I had a bad experience as a child or something….I am also afraid of McDonalds, I wouldn’t eat it if somebody paid me (unless it was a lot….)

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