On the Wagon

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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Well, guys, I pretty much feel off the food blogging wagon yesterday. Not that I overate and made bad choices– I just didn’t snap any photos of what I ate. I ended up eating lunch at my desk yesterday, so I was too distracted to take photos and the other meals/snacks took place at inopportune photo moments, such as celebrating an office birthday with chocolate cake, which happened to have an inch-thick layer of vanilla frosting. Holy yum! (It was SO divine, and totally worth the splurge!) But, I’m sure you know what I mean– it just wasn’t the right time to whip-out my camera and start snapping away in front of my new colleagues. So, I apologize for the lack of food photos. 😳 I was a bad blogger, but now I’m back on the wagon!

During my class last night, I was able to take a photo of my Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte, which was made with soy milk and without vanilla syrup. In my opinion, it was the perfect customization— smooth and sweet, but not too sweet.


My morning bowl of oats was berry-delicious! (Come on, I know you guys love the “cheese factor” on CNC! :mrgreen: )

In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup dry oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat berries
  • 3/4 cup frozen berries
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

You may have already known this, but frozen (and dried fruit) are nutritious options in the winter. Although many different types of fruits and vegetables are not currently in season, they don’t lose large amounts of nutritional value in the winter, which makes them a healthy and edible option. Choosing frozen or dried fruits can result in a healthy option during cold months.

Winter Is the Wrong Time to Overlook Fruit’s Frozen Assets

Lunch Preview

Since I’ve been such a bum about photographing my lunches lately, I’ve decided to “preview” my packed lunches during my breakfast post.

This afternoon’s lunch is a roasted veggie salad— a bed of romaine lettuce mixed with grape tomatoes and snap peas, and topped with lightly seasoned (EVOO + S+P) and oven-roasted red peppers, zucchini, squash, and cauliflower that I prepared last night in preparation for today. Holy veggies, right?! :mrgreen:

How To Quickie:

  • To make roasted veggies: preheat oven to 375*F, cut veggies into bite-sizes pieces, toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper, spread veggies face down on a cookie sheet, bake for 12-15 minutes until edges begin to brown.

To accompany my salad, I also have some grapes…

…a berry-flavored SOYJOY bar, and a dark chocolate Adora disk.

Question of the Day

What is your one food “weakness”?

I have two, actually: cake with frosting and nachos!!! I can’t say no to either of them… ever!



  1. My food weakness is ice cream, any kind!! And chocolate chip cookies…actually any kind of cookies. I love sweets!!!

  2. Haha, I can SO see your office’s expression if you were to whip out a camera and start flashing away.

    Are SoyJoys good? I’ve been curious to try them.

    Roasted veggies taste SO good. I love that one can easily “ethnicize” them to one’s liking–cumin and peppers for a Mexican flavor, cumin and curry for Indian…or just have good old-fashioned veggies.

    My biggest food weaknesses: French fries–I haven’t had one in 7 months because I KNOW I’d go crazy. Homemade cookies–a lot of sugary confections I can turn down because I don’t like the taste of sugary things anymore. But warm, chewy cookies? Oh hells YES!

  3. LOVE roasted veggies!!! Almost as much as grilled veggies!

    My weakness has gotta be ice cream … I can’t keep it in the house bc I know I’ll eat the whole carton :/

  4. I would say my biggest weakness is sweets, especially raw cookie dough! YUMMY! I could eat it everyday. I also love carbs, of any kind, crackers, chex mix, cereal, popcorn, ect.

  5. oooh i TOTALLY do the frozen berries in my oatmeal too! I get mine from trader joe’s because they’re cheaper than all the other grocers i’ve been to!!
    My biggest weakness has GOT to be sweet cereal (like PB puffins) and any kind of frozen treat- particularly ice-cream (Fro yo) and frozen fruit! i can polish off a pack of frozen mangoes in one sitting. *sigh*

  6. Is anyone out there west of the Rockies? I love reading everyone’s blogs, but I would like to read someone who lives on the West Coast since stores and product differ and some of what you guys recommend is hard for me to find out here.
    Can anyone recommend someone?

  7. Def tortilla chips (SO GLAD I don’t live in Texas anymore where they were at every restaurant in town), brownies and dark chocolate. Oh and PB, forever and ever.

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