Live Well On Less

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.

I receive a lot of questions from readers about how to save money and stretch a dollar. I actually write another blog devoted to this topic, but after receiving so many requests and questions, I’ve decided to feature a “financial series” on Carrots ‘N’ Cake. So, in the next week or so, be sure to keep a look out for some posts devoted to living well on less.

But, first, let’s do to lunch! 😀


It’s Restaurant Week here in Boston, so Lauren kindly offered to arrange lunch for Shannon, Elina, herself, and me at Post 390 this afternoon. In the past, I’ve enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at Post 390, but never a meal, so I was psyched to give it a whirl today.


Post 390 offered an awesome Restaurant Week menu!! Usually, restaurants only give you a choice of 2 or 3 dishes, but Post 390 had a ton of options. In fact, they had 10 different entrees to chose from. The restauarnt offered a 3-course meal for just $20.10, which is a steal in Boston!

For my starter, I chose the Arugula Salad with shaved parmesan and lemon-olive oil. It was nothing fancy, but I could tell that it was made with high-quality ingredients. The salad was so fresh and flavorful; it didn’t need a lot of ingredients to taste good.


For my entree, I ordered the Goat Cheese and Kalamata Flatbread with caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, and arugula on top.


Oh, how I love flatbread pizza! I could probably eat it everyday.


This one was great! I loved the goat cheese! 😀


Dessert was my favorite part of the meal. Obviously.


From the 5 dessert options, I picked the Cupcake Trio, which included carrot cake, key lime, and chocolate-espresso cupcakes. Holy yummm!


I totally devoured the cupcake tops. What can I say, I’m a frosting gal, not a cake gal! 😉


So, taking advantage of Restaurant Week is just one way that I live well on less. I also have a game plan for dining out as well as other ways to save money at restaurants.

Tomorrow, I plan to blog about how I managed to have fun in college (and the years that followed) without going into debt. If you have any last-minute questions, please let me know. I’ll be sure to answer them in tomorrow’s post.

Heading to hot yoga in a bit! I’m hooked!



  1. I totally understand only eating the cupcake tops (the frosted part), I do that with muffins as well, just because the tops taste better! Couple that with frosting and there really is no reason to eat the rest of the cake. Oooh, cake. I only eat the parts touching frosting as well, but the frosting has to be good! Not even the most awesome frosting in the world can save a stale, gross-tasting cake/cupcake.

  2. I love mini cupcakes! We went to several restaurant for Restaurant Week in NYC last summer and agree that it’s a great way to have a fun dining experience for a reasonable price.

  3. Love Restaurant Week! Great way to check out restos in big cities that are usually a lot more expensive. The cupcakes and arugula salad look fabulous! As some other readers have said, I LOVE Groupon and use it often to save money!

  4. yesyesyes, advice for frugal college students. My biggest problem is that I don’t have the room to buy things in bulk, so I always have the tiny, more expensive things.

  5. Since I am about to be broke as my own boss I really need the advice on stretching a dollar. Can’t wait to hear more of what you have to say! 🙂

  6. Great photos of lunch! I want another one of those carrot cake cupcakes 🙂

    I’m glad we could all meet up for a mid-week get-together. Let’s do it again sometime soon!

  7. It didn’t take long for me to get addicted the feeling hot yoga gives you-love it so much I would go daily if it were more affordable.
    Love to hear where you are joining and how you like it/how often you go/type of hot yoga etc.
    My very fave is Baron Baptiste power flow(hot)yoga…hope you get to try it soon 🙂

  8. Hey Tina! I am finally commenting after reading you blog since the beginning … So glad you like hot yoga … i’ve been going to prana power yoga for many years now and love it! They have multiple locations and it is definitely an intense work out. Was excited to learn that you finally got to try the cookies from Levain Bakery, they are my most favorite cookies in the world … i was lucky enough to work around the corner from there for 3 months! I had been meaning to tell you about them. Glad to see things are going so well for you! Reuey

  9. I am all about stretching my dollars! (I’m also all about frosting so with you there too!)
    Budgeting is such a hard part of “grown up” life that I’m so glad you’re doing this series. We could all use some tips and tricks!

  10. AHH I just had an AMAZING meal there when I visited Boston a few weeks ago and got the arugula salad and cupcake trio as well!! The cupcakes were different except for the carrot cake and well that one was my fav anyways!!

    with love and cupcakes,

  11. Holy amazing! It’s also restaurant week here in Shanghai, and I think I’ll definitely be wanting to go to one of the fancy-pants restaurants that I wouldn’t be able to go otherwise. 🙂

  12. I’m moving into my first apartment soon (friday!) and am a sophomore in college. What are some cheap, healthy meal ideas that are quick? (I’m also a vegetarian..)

  13. i am such a frosting girl too hehe. love flat breads too!! yummy. love to hear about your balancing of money… especially with drinks out.. i am finding this to be a challenge

  14. Teehee, I love the denuded cupcakes! I’ve always thought of myself as not a frosting girl, but maybe I’ve just never had the good American kind…

  15. I love flatbread pizza too. More than I should 😉

    That Restaurant Week lineup looks great. Especially the cupcakes! (love your eating technique!)

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