Pug Christmas Stocking

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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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Hello, hello!  :mrgreen:

After lunch yesterday afternoon, I headed out for a run. I put off running all morning because it was chilly outside and I’m a big wuss when it comes to the cold. Eventually, I bucked up, dressed warm, but not too warm (25 degree rule), and ventured out into the cold. Ok, it wasn’t really cold. Really cold is single digits when your boogers freeze when you go outside. Yesterday, it was in the low-to-mid 40’s, which is not cold for this area. I should probably just shut up about it being cold yesterday.

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Even still, I waited on the sun porch while my Timex GPS Watch loaded up outside.

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And then it was time to run! Brrrrr!

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It only took me a few minutes to warm-up, so once I was moving, the cold didn’t bother me at all. I ended up really enjoying myself, so I ran an extra mile (I ran 5 miles instead of 4  like I had originally planned).

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Dinner

After my run, I came home, showered, did a little work, and then started making dinner, which was Chicken & Rice Salad with Peanut Sauce. Instead of ready-to-use grilled chicken breast strips, I used chicken thighs and did my own thing for the peanut sauce. I mixed creamy peanut butter with coconut aminos, sesame oil, brown rice vinegar, and minced garlic. I also added some brown rice to this dish. Mmm! Delicious! It was a big hit with Mal. He could not stop talking about how much he liked it. Yay!

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For dessert, I ate a couple of M&M cookies that I baked over the weekend.

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After dinner, I did a little decorating for Christmas, which included hanging our stockings on the fireplace. Murphy‘s stocking is so adorable (it’s exactly like Mal’s, but smaller), so, of course, I needed to snap a picture for Instagram.

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Health News & Views

Baking during the holiday season is one of my favorite activities this time of year. Sugar cookies in particular are one treat I look forward to all year long, but many are loaded with calories and fat. Some holiday sugar cookies have close to 200 calories each! Enjoying a couple of them won’t affect my healthy habits, but enjoying one too many can really add up. Here’s a lower calorie sugar cookie recipe that keeps the sweet treat’s delicious taste while lowering calories and fat. Each cookie has only 65 calories!

Holiday Sweets: Low-Calorie Sugar Cookies

Question of the Day

Do you hang stockings for your pets? You do buy them gifts?

P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win a $25 gift certificate to BIC Bands. I’ll pick a winner this afternoon!

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