Refresh Your Summer Workouts

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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 Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  :mrgreen:


This morning’s breakfast might seem a little random, but you’ve gotta trust me on this one. It was de-lic-ious!

Last night, I baked an acorn squash in the oven (45 minutes at 400*F) with coconut oil. This morning, I added some vanilla cake batter coconut butter to one half and then nuked it in the microwave for 90 seconds. OMG, amazing. This is definitely a keeper for breakfast.

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Question of the Day

I recently wrote a post for The Laughing Cow with some ideas for refreshing your summer workouts. Summer is definitely my favorite time of year to try some new activities. On my list for this summer: trail running, a color run, and paddle boarding on the ocean (I did it once on a nice, calm lake, so it wasn’t super challenging).

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What new workouts/outdoor activities/adventures do you want to try this summer?



  1. My new fitness adventure is going to be Crossfit. I made an appointment at a “local” box and am going on Wednesday to check it out. Leaving in rural VA, you have to make an effort to participate in Crossfit but I find anything worth doing takes effort. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. I sometimes have a sweet potato with coconut butter (and cinnamon and ground flax) for breakfast, so I can imagine acorn squash would be good too!

    I’ve always wanted to do paddleboarding. Hopefully I will try it this summer!

  3. I ran my first 10k this past weekend so that was an adventure! When my family goes somewhere on vacation I really want to go walking/running/hiking in the area we go to. I love running and seeing new places!

  4. you and I are on the same coconut kick! My husband thinks I’m going to move to “the islands.” For breakfast three days in a row now, I’ve had warm coconut blueberry flaxseed cereal – gluten free and delish – just 1/2 cup of flaxseed in 1/2 cup coconut milk (from a can, so yummy and healthy) and 1/4 cup coconut flakes – stir together and microwave for 1 minute. So delicious satisfying. I have a hearty appetite, but am full until lunch with this. I think I got the recipe from one of your articles in Health. I use coconut oil in everything – rubbed it all over my salmon last night before baking it, saute my shredded brussel sprouts in it and put it on my face, in my hair and all over my food! And after a work-out, enjoy coconut water to replenish!

  5. I would love to try paddle boarding! I would try it in the river buuut I’m scared of the snakes and gators. I am such a wuss. Now that I think about it, I’d be just as scared in a lake (snakes) or the ocean (SHARKS!). I’ve gotta suck it up! haha

  6. I don’t guess it’s really a workout, but I would love to do some paddleboarding and kayaking this summer. I tried both out last year for the first time and had so much fun 🙂

  7. My new summer activity is biking! My husband got me into it and we’ve been biking every weekend together. I’d love to start going on some harder trails by the end of summer. And, not a new activity but I can’t wait to go water skiing this year. It’s my favorite summer activity 🙂

  8. I have always wanted to try paddle boarding but it seems like a hard sport to find a way to test out here in North Alabama. (We are going on vacation in Maryland in a few weeks maybe I will seek out a place to rent around there w/ my husband).

    We usually just go kayaking – but we want to take that to the next level. Instead of just leisurely floats we’d like to get a bit more rowing in!

  9. Crossfit! I can’t wait to have my beginner session! I also have booked for my husband and I to have our first ever horse riding lesson, something I have always wanted to do.

    Fingers crossed we get some summer weather here in Scotland so I can do more outdoor activities – always a bit of a gamble!

    Hope you manage to do everything on your summer list!

    J x

  10. I want to try a color run too. My friends are trying to encourage me to start training for the tough mudder but I am absolutely terrified of the obstacles and would rather just support them.

  11. What a creative breakfast! I’m a huge fan of squash so I may be trying it sometime.

    I hadn’t thought about refreshing my summer workouts beyond the circuit training I’m trying to incorporate, but now that I think about it, I need to also include some outdoor activities. I hope to get in more hikes this summer and also tackle the kayak! My boyfriend and I went kayaking in the ocean on vacation and with the big waves it was rather…challenging. In other words, he paddled away while I flopped in circles. I’d like to try it on a calmer lake around us with not so much of a current and see how I do.

  12. I have a dumb question. What is coconut butter? Is it like a regular cow butter and used the same way? I am guessing no because I wouldn’t eat butter out of the jar! Is it more like a frosting? Just trying to figure out how to use it. It sounds yummy!

      1. What a great explanation that web-site gave. I understand what coconut butter is now. Thanks!

  13. Stand up paddle boarding, tennis (I LOVE it), kayaking and golf. I’m also hoping to add some daily excuses when you live across the street from the ocean. PS I eat squash often for breakfast! Mine never looks as good as yours does though….

  14. Like many of the commenters here, I’m doing a Color Run next weekend! Being in Dallas, the summers are SO hot that running kind of slows down for me, so it’s important to do things like this to keep it fun! I also LOVE stand-up paddleboarding as a summer activity, though it’s a little tough here in TX!

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