Morning Iced Coffee Date: Chicago Edition

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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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Good morning and a happy, happy, HAPPY National Coffee Day to you! I hope you’re celebrating appropriately!

My first iced coffee date was a big hit with you guys, so I thought it might be fun to include it as a regular feature on CNC. I really love hearing from you guys and hope you’ll chime in again this week! 🙂


So, I was in Chicago earlier this week for an event with Star Market to learn more about their organic line, O Organics. It was a great event (recap coming soon), and I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to work with the brand again. (You guys might remember the trip where I met Tiffani Thiessan, the brand’s spokesperson for their Signature line. So cool.) Anyway, I arrived in Chicago with a few hours to spare before the event kicked off, so I took advantage of the beautiful weather and ran along the lakefront.

If we were drinking (iced) coffee together this morning, I would tell you that it was awesome. Like, truly awesome. Like, I haven’t been that happy on a run in awhile. The scenery was, of course, incredible, but I felt really good. Light on my feet. No heavy legs. Didn’t feel like dying. #runhappy for sure.


But what made my run so enjoyable (I think) was the music. I found a new Pandora station, Country Fitness Radio, and I really like it. Although, I’m kind of embarrassed admitting it. I’m SO not a country person. (Or so I thought?) But, recently, I started to kind of like it. Not the sappy, depressing stuff, but the “I want to party and have fun” kind because it reminds me of summer and good times, good friends, and the whole bit. I guess I just have a lot of positive associations with “pop country” music, so it pumps me up and makes me happy when I’m running. (P.S. I haven’t even told Mal about my new love for country music because I’m still kind of embarrassed about it! Ha!)

Moving on…

Ok, this is more for the locals/anyone who flies out of Logan, but if you fly United, there’s an incredible cafe/food station called the Berkshire Farms Market at the very end of the terminal. It had SO MANY delicious and healthy options, I just had to tell you guys about it. I ended up getting a Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with quinoa and then buying some grilled chicken breast for some added protein (loved having this optoin). It was epic and probably the best meal I’ve ever had from an airport!


I enjoyed one of these Super Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Drops at the O Organics event and, to my surprise, they were gluten-free and made with chickpeas! They were so yum, and I totally couldn’t taste the chickpeas!


Some “rumors” I heard while in Chicago (please confirm or deny, if possible):

Any size pumpkin at Trader Joe’s costs $4.99. I’m all over this if it’s true! We need pumpkins!

Swedish Fish Oreos are a thing? What? WHAT. I heard mixed reviews about them, but, really, the people at Nabisco have lost their minds. I don’t understand that flavor combo. Are they any good??

TSA Pre-Check only costs $85 and is valid for 5 years? Again, what? And WHY haven’t I done this?!

The end.

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