Packing Light & Crockpot Coconut-Curry Beef

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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! Happy Thursday! I’m off to New York City again this morning, which means I finally earned my free ride on the Bolt Bus! After a certain number of ticket purchases, you get one free! Woohoo!

I’ll be in the Big Apple for less than 24 hours, so I decided to pack light and just take a backpack and a bag full of food (obviously). Any time I go somewhere, I usually have so much crap stuff with me, I’m actually looking forward to traveling with a lighter load today.



Fall is here, so I broke out the crockpot to make last night’s dinner!

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On the menu: Coconut-Curry Beef. I found this recipe online a couple of weeks ago, and it sounded so delicious and easy to make, I just had to give it a try. I made a number of changes to the ingredients and instructions, so my recipe is below.

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The Coconut-Curry Beef turned out great””nice and tender with tons of flavor. I have a feeling it’ll make awesome leftovers, too!


Coconut-Curry Beef


  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 1 12-ounce can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper and then place in crockpot.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together onion, garlic, ginger powder, coconut milk, honey, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Then, pour over beef in crockpot.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat until meat is fork-tender, about 4 hours.
  4. Cut beef into chunks and serve.

I really wanted some vanilla cake batter coconut butter for dessert, but I refrained since I did such a number on the jar yesterday afternoon. Instead, I had a bowl of cantaloupe and blueberries with almond butter. It was almost as delicious.

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Well Fed Cookbook Giveaway

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FitFluential Interview with Chris Froio of Reebok

And for the CrossFit and Reebok fans”¦

At the CrossFit Games back in July, Heather, Kelly, and I had the opportunity to interview Chris Froio of Reebok. It was really neat chatting with him. In our interview, he talks about:

  • How the Reebok-CrossFit relationship developed
  • How long he’s been doing CrossFit and his “Fran” time
  • What he’d say to someone who’s never done CrossFit, but wants to try it
  • How CrossFit has changed the working environment at Reebok HQ
  • How education fits in with Reebok apparel and products

Question of the Day

Are you a over-packer, under-packer, or a just right-packer? What are your tips for traveling light?

If you’re a CrossFit/Reebok fan, what would you have asked Chris Froio?

I’m off to New York City to see Madonna! AHHHH! So psyched!



  1. Have a wonderful time seeing Ms Madge! I’m looking forward to an update!

    Pssht, don’t ask me about traveling light, we’re the people having to weigh our luggage to make sure we’re not over the limit. The Mr is the WORST overpacking offender!

  2. I usually pack a TON of things that I don’t need and forget a ton of things I do. I am not a good traveler. I guess it’s good that I don’t get the opportunity very often!

  3. I’m packed right now to leave for a week. I started out with way too much stuff. Trying to fit all that will be needed in a carry-on bag can be challenging.

  4. I’m a weird kind of packer — I’ll fill whatever space I’m allotted. If you say I can only bring a backpack, I’m fine. But if you give me a larger duffel bag for that same trip, I’ll fill it. (I’m the same way about meeting deadlines though … I’ll work to the deadline and pace myself accordingly.) Apparently I work well with boundaries? haha. It’s all about prioritizing the essentials for me for sure. And wearing the bulkier clothes if possible!

  5. I’m definitely working on my packing skills. But I’m not sure in the right way…Instead I’m now able to make all of my crap fit in smaller spaces (smaller backpacks or suitcases). This seems like a good thing but it’s just as heavy and then leaves no room for anything that has to come back with me! 😉

  6. I am such an overpacker. I’m scared to death of forgetting something or wishing I had brought a certain item, so when in doubt, I pack it! This means I usually have to conduct several “elimination rounds” to determine which items absolutely need to come and which can stay at home. It’s kind of like my own March Madness for clothes, accessories, and food. 😉 Have a great time in NYC!

  7. For years I traveled constantly with a ministry team. I was so good at packing light and packing tight! Now that I don’t travel as often I have the ‘what-ifs.’ Like ‘what if I need this?’ So now I pack way too much. But I still feel like I could travel light if I tried.

  8. Well until I met my current partner I was always an over packer, better to have more than less. I use to travel at least 2 weeks out of every month alas I needed outfit choices! Now I tend to pack lighter, more room to bring things back, like cool new vitamins, superfoods and skincare! Plus the cost these days when your luggage is overweight is crazy! Nicole <3

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