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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I slept through my alarm again this morning! 😕 But, this time I didn’t manage to squeeze in a workout. I slept well past my alarm and into the morning. I didn’t wake up until 6:35 when Mal woke me before he left the apartment for work. I guess my body was telling me that it needed sleep! Now, I am rushin’ around the apartment eating breakfast, blogging, and getting ready for work. Gah!


I ate a very yummy breakfast this morning: Oats + granola + Barney Butter.

The nice guys at MixMyGranola recently sent me a packet of their “Enhancer Sample Mix” to test out. The ingredients in this mix included Organic Granola, Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, and Roasted Almonds with the enhancers of Caffeine and Lucuma.

About the Enhancers:

Caffeine: Skip you Starbucks and have your caffeinated granola instead. A great way to get your morning started! We are adding 100mg of caffeine which is the equivalent of an 8 ounce cup of coffee.

Lucuma: Lucuma is an excellent source of fiber and beta carotene. Peruvians also use it to flavor ice cream. Healthy and great flavor! Lucuma is considered a healthy alternative sweetener as it lends a sweet taste to recipes, but is very low in sugars. With naturally occurring beta-carotene, niacin, and iron, lucuma powder is a welcome antidote to notorious “empty calorie” sweeteners.

The MixMyGranola Enhancers are a really cool idea for “souping-up” your granola mixes. I don’t think caffeine would be my first choice since I drink at least a cup of coffee per day, but there are a number of enhancers that seem pretty great, such as Spirulina Powder, Bee Pollen PowderMangosteen Powder, Green Tea Powder and a bunch that I’ve never heard of, but sound interesting and beneficial. (FYI: There are 16 different enhancers from which to chose.)

Taste-wise, the sample of MixMyGranola with the enhancers was just as delicious as their regular granola mixes. These two enhancers, in particular, didn’t add any weird flavors or aftertaste, and the mix was fantastic blended into my oatmeal this morning!

I’ve resorted to “packets ONLY” as far as having Barney Butter in my house, and the automatic portion control has helped with my BB addiction quite a bit. I can’t be trusted around a jar of this stuff, but I’ve been able to stick to 2 packets with my oats each morning.

I also helps that it’s a pain-in-the-butt to squeeze the almond butter out of those BB packets! It deters me from going back for a third (or forth) packet! 😉

Question of the Day

This morning’s post title inspired today’s Question of the Day…

What is your heritage?

If you’re curious, I am mostly Irish and Italian (possibly Sicilian?) with some French mixed in. I guess this is why I get a sweet tan in the summer, but with freckles all over my face!



  1. My mom was from Northern Italy and my dad from Jordan. I was born here though (they moved here after they got married).

    People always guess that I am of Italian heritage but I really look NOTHING like my mom did. She had blonde hair, blue eyes, and very fair skin and, well, you KNOW how dark I am! My eyes are so dark I can barely see my pupils (YUCK!).

  2. Hmmm…I’m not totally sure but I know I have Irish, Italian, and English. Kind of boring and makes for dark hair and a white/pink complexion!

  3. My dad is from Naples, Italy, and my mom’s family is completely German. What’s cool is my sisters and I all look totally different: I’ve got my dad’s almost-black hair and dark eyes but I’m built like my mom; my older sister is blonde-ish and blue-eyed but short like my dad; and my little sister somehow got reddish brown hair and she’s in between on the height scale.

    Have a great Friday!

  4. eeep! this question is a good one! lets see.. i am Italian, German, English, and Irish. hence the reason i have beautiful blue eyes and dark hair. white skin in the winter and tan tan tan in the summer. but lots of freckles too.

    my daughter?? holy crapola! Cape Verdean, French Canadian, and a little bit of Nigerian. plus all of my mix. needless to say she is one gorgeous little peanut.
    for my next child.. lol.. he/she will be puerto rican and all of my mix. i cant wait to see what she/he will look like!

  5. Love the question because I love to hear about other people’s heritages. I’m 75% Irish and 25% German so as a result I burn and get freckles!

  6. tina – i rememebr a while ago you had to have people change their reader subscritions…now im having the same issue. how come my old google reader link doesnt work. even though my website is the same, for some reason, now the subscription has to be changed to

    how did you spread the world? any advice on how to make sure i dont lose readers?

  7. I wanted to sleep in today so badly but I am doing a challenge this week, to make sure I workout atleast for 45 mins every day before heading to work. My family is from Dominican Republic and great grand fathers were from Spain.

  8. Tough question… with a bit of genealogy this might be easier to answer. Black, possibly German, and Cherokee Native American

  9. I’m half Irish, half European Jew (from Belgium and Hungary). I definitely got the Irish pale skin, that’s for sure. No tan for me!

  10. I have a love-hate relationship with this question. haha! My dad is adopted and doesn’t know the heritage of his birth parents so I always pester him to get a DNA test or look into it further because I get my tan skin from him. People are always asking me if I’m spanish, greek, italian, etc. and I have no clue!

    One day I’ll know and I’ll prob just randomly tell people just cause I’m so excited to finally know. =)

  11. Funny how our bodies let us know exactly what they need…we just need to listen. Glad you slept in a bit.

    I am dutch, through and through

  12. I’m Irish/German. My maiden name is Hommel(Hummel Figurines) and my mom’s maiden name is Bailey 😀 I LOVE your blog especially the workouts you post! I love trying new things!

  13. I’m addicted to caffeine (bad…especially considering my very young age) so that granola sounds amazing!!!
    I’m a mix of Colombian, German, Spanish, Lebanese, and French. So foreign. Hahah.

  14. I love family geneology. 🙂 I’m 1/2 Greek Cypriot, 1/4 Slovak and 1/4 Croatian.

    Love all the fun personalized granola- so fun!

    I don’t have nut butter habit, but I do have something not so healthy- a dessert addiction to rainbow sprinkles. I guess they make me feel child-like and carefree. LOL

  15. i’m 1/2 irish and 1/2 armenian – so i get the EXACT SAME tan and freckle combo!! love it!! your oats always make my mouth water 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. I am 100% of Puerto Rican decent. My parents were born here but both sets of grandparents were born and raised in Puerto Rico. We also found out that my mom’s side of the family originated in the Canary Islands of Spain. I thought that was pretty cool.
    I really need to get some of those Barney Butter packets…

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