My Love for Coffee Finally Paid Off

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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Hey, hey! Happy Friday, friends!

I’m so glad that the weekend is just about here! We’re celebrating Mal’s birthday this weekend, and I cannot wait. I love birthdays so much! Well, ok, I’m just meh about my own, but I love celebrating other people’s birthdays! 🙂

So, recently, I’m on the hunt for the perfect protein oatmeal combo that I can make in the microwave. I’m coming close to an awesome recipe, but I haven’t nailed it down yet. Will report back. Side note: I recently switched the type of collagen that I use to a marine one because I have a sensitivity to beef. I knowwwwww. With summer and barbecues right around the corner, it’s going to be so sad saying no to burgers right off the grill!

After breakfast, I got to work on a “live” photo shoot that I did with the National Honey Board. I photographed four recipes on Monday, but then ran out of sunlight, so we bumped the final one. And, guys, I seriously can’t wait to share this collection of recipes with you!! So much deliciousness!

Poor Murphy is always SO HUNGRY.

Once I wrapped up the photo shoot, I snacked on a rice cake with some Honey White Bean Hummus on top (aka “cookie dough” to Quinn).

I ate the rice cake while cleaning up the house after the photo shoot, and I made such a mess. The rice cake basically exploded in my hand, but, of course, Murphy was on clean-up duty in 2 seconds!

After that, I headed out for a quick run. My legs felt like a million pounds, and I stopped to walk at one point, but I had NO HIP PAIN and it was the farthest I’ve run in 2017! 🙂

After my run, I quickly showered and then grabbed my lunch to go. I met Kerrie at KFIT to talk about a few DTFN things and ate my lunch.

And raspberries!

Then, it was time to record a podcast for Fit Bottomed Girls! We chatted about all things Designed to Fit Nutrition, and we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s live! 🙂

After that, we stopped by the Capital One Cafe for a meeting with a marketing company that we’re hiring for DTFN. We finalized some details, and we can’t wait to get started with them! Kerrie and I have had our noses in our computers for months now, so we’re excited to finally amp things up and spread the word about DTFN!

Before I left Derby Street, I swung by Barnes & Noble to grab the June issue of Runner’s World.

My love for coffee finally paid off! Check out my ideas for “quick bites” that pair well with coffee! So cool!

After that, I picked Qman up from school and headed home. He was hungry and asked me for what sounded like “Thomas and milk,” which I soon realized was HUMMUS and milk. Haha! I was hungry too, so Qman and I had a little happy hour on the porch while we waited for Dada to get home.

When Mal got home, we took Murphy for a family walk around the neighborhood. Qman decided to wear his Batman rain boots, which wasn’t the best decision considering it was 90 degrees outside.

His feet were “so hot” when we got home. Poor kid, but he learned an important life lesson! 🙂

Questions of the Day

When it comes to food, which one(s) do you consider yourself an “expert”?

What’s up for the weekend?



  1. Your lunch looks fantastic!! And that white bean hummus? Say what? Can you send me some?

    I consider myself an expert with peanut butter and with flavor combos.. I have a unique sense of taste, so I’m good at putting weird combos together and making it work!

  2. I’d say cereal. I’m a big fan of cereal and am always trying new brands and varieties. It’s been my favorite since childhood and one food I feel know I quite well.

  3. My son loves hummus as well to the point that he’ll eat it straight. I guess there could be worse things! We have a birthday celebration this weekend as well along with a visitor and a few fun activities!

  4. Love your blog! hah, I think i do that every time I eat a rice cake!! And I don’t consider myself an expert in any food, NOT my thing. But I try! HAH. This weekend is full of graduation party’s and time outside 🙂 And relaxation, of course!

  5. I cannot wait to check out these recipes! I would consider myself a salad expert, for sure. I can whip up a mean salad. Smoothies and oatmeal comes in for a close second.

  6. One of the best things about having a dog is the clean up duty! Especially with a 13 month old around… fur baby has saved me so much time! =)

  7. Hummus is one of my favorite snacks and side dishes, but I have never heard of ‘Honey White Bean Hummus’ – can’t imagine what that tastes like! I would try it out if only I had some white beans.

    Suggestion: add some cinnamon!

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