Hooray! Christmas Stockings!

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Hi, 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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Look what came in the mail this afternoon: our new personalized Christmas stockings! Hooray! How adorable are these?!?

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On Cyber Monday, these Christmas stockings were on sale at Pottery Barn with free shipping, so I bit the bullet and purchased them. (FYI: I just checked and they’re still on sale!)

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Mal and Murphy have matching stockings since they’re both boys and love the color green, but Murphy’s is pug-size. How cute is that?

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What’s your Christmas stocking look like?

My childhood Christmas stocking is green with a cat on it and Mal’s is an electrical tape masterpiece


Today’s lunch was a mix of goodies: a grilled Vegetable Masala Burger with BBQ sauce, some kale chips.

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And Garlic Gold-roasted chickpeas.

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To make the chickpeas: toss chickpeas with olive oil, sprinkle with Garlic Gold (or garlic powder), and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes on 425*F, mixing occasionally.

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My afternoon snack was really something SPECIAL today!

Remember when I was losing my hair like crazy because of an iron deficiency? Well, I’m better now, but I bought some frozen mango chunks awhile back since mango has both iron and vitamin C and these two nutrients work together for better iron absorption. Long story short, I’ve been looking for new ways (besides smoothies) to incorporate mango into my diet””and I came up with a delicious, protein-packed Mango Pudding today. Check it out!

Protein-Packed Mango Pudding


Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth or slightly smooth. (I liked the tiny chunks of mango in mine!)

Makes 2 servings

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Holy yum. This stuff is thick and creamy with a slightly sweet mango-vanilla flavor. It’s delicious, nutritious, and so satisfying. Try this one! Trust me, you’ll love it!


I split my workout into two parts today: Murphy and I went for a 2-mile walk this afternoon, and then Mal and I are going to CrossFit tonight. I think we’re going to sign up! Woohoo!

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My second snack of the day was a banana spread with peanut butter. I sliced it up and ate it with a fork. Much less messy.

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P.S. Have you guys seen this dog video yet? A Twitter friend showed it to me, and I’ve watched it at least a dozen times since. It’s hilarious!!!

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