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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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Somehow it’s almost 6 o’clock, and I haven’t blogged once today. Sorry, guys! 😳 The day has totally gotten away from me– but, it’s not without good reason. Basically, I’ve been on my way out the door all day long.


My morning started with an early Body Pump class at the gym. On my way out the door, I snacked on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread.


When I returned home from Body Pump, I took a quick shower, threw together an iced coffee + chocolate protein powder + vanilla soy milk drink, and drank it on my way out the door to brunch.



For brunch, Mal and I met four of our friends at Zaftig Delicatessen in Coolidge Corner. As usual, there was a huge crowd of people waiting outside the restaurant with the same idea as us.

Zaftigs is a ‘new Jewish’-style restaurant, which offers a number of less traditional dishes, like cheddar-apple omelets, chocolate French Toast, BBQ brisket quesadillas, and granola pancakes. It’s a fun, modern deli with funky artwork on the walls and a hip, young vibe. As Zaftigs says on their website, it’s not your grandma’s deli!

Mal and I have actually tried to visit Zaftigs for brunch a number of times over the years, but we never want to endure the long wait. Today, however, we had four friends waiting with us, so it made the time pass much faster.


Today, there was an hour wait for a table at Zaftigs, so the six of us popped into Starbucks for a round of coffees. I ordered a soy milk misto and sipped it while waiting outside Zaftigs.


A little over an hour passed before our party was finally seated. Not surprisingly, the restaurant was packed inside too!



It was well past lunchtime by the time we sat down to eat, so, of course, I was famished. I immediately dug into the complimentary bagel chips and herb cream cheese. The herb cream cheese was really something special! Delish!


For brunch, I ordered the Banana-stuffed French Toast, which was made in a bourbon-vanilla batter with date butter and served with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top.


It was quite delicious, but the inside was really soggy and even somewhat watery. 😕


I ate the whole thing, but let’s just say it wasn’t a Grilled Banana Sandwich from Mike & Patty’s!


When Mal and I got home from brunch, we immediately went right out the door again to take Murphy for a walk. The poor dog had been in his crate for most of the day, so we wanted to make sure he had plenty of time to stretch his little pug legs and run around like the crazy puppy that he is. We walked for almost an hour, but the rain cut our walk short.


Only a few hours after eating brunch, my stomach started to grumble again. I guess the Banana-stuffed French Toast wasn’t the best option for brunch. I knew that I should have ordered eggs! Oh, well.

To hold me over until dinner, I made the most delicious snack. The smell alone was a-mazing!


Coconut Curry Crackers with melted Gruyere cheese!!!


OMG… delicious!


This snack definitely quieted my stomach and satisfied all of my cravings. (I still can’t get over how delicious it tasted.)


I’m not sure what’s for dinner tonight– perhaps a Green Monster?

Enjoy the night, guys!

P.S. I am SO EXCITED for tomorrow! It’s the Greatest Day of the Year!!! :mrgreen: I feel like a kid on Christmas!

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