Second Dinner

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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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I’m a big fan of Second Breakfast and partake frequently, but I never participated in Second Dinner until last night. I think I like it.

Around 5:00 PM, I ate an early dinner: half of a toasted sandwich with sautéed mushrooms and melted gruyere cheese inside. It was inspired by the Gruyere & Mushroom Pressed Sandwich from Sandwhich in Chapel Hill. Mmm! Gruyere is so amazing.

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On the side: roasted broccoli and arugula with balsamic vinegar drizzled on top.

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A little while later, Mal suggested grabbing a beer and watching the Bruins playoff game at the Abington Ale House. I’m always up for a beer, so I agreed.

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While watching the game, I munched on a bunch of pretzels with pimento cheese dip.

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To drink, I ordered a Long Trail IPA.

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Mal ordered the same beer, but a much larger version of it. Of course, like the nerds we are, we checked to see if the bigger beer was the better deal. It was $0.03 cheaper per ounce. Yep, we’re dorks.

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Then, all of a sudden, I got really hungry again. So, I ordered a side of sweet potato fries. They hit the spot.

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Once we left the Abington Ale House, Mal and I went in search of a couple of magazines that I’m featured in next month: Woman’s Day and People StyleWatch. May is a big month for CNC!

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We didn’t find the May issue of People StyleWatch, but we found the Woman’s Day issue!

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As you may know, I’m working with Woman’s Day and Eggland’s Best on their “Live Well” Challenge, which includes this great two-page spread. Cool, right? I also appeared in the January issue with different healthy living tips.

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The “Live Well” Challenge also includes a Facebook page where you can submit your favorite healthy lifestyle tips. The best ones will be featured in an upcoming issue of Woman’s Day! I know you want to enter!


This morning, I brought back an oldie, but goodie recipe: Oatmeal Pancake! I used to eat Oatmeal Pancakes all of the time… I don’t know what happened! I actually ran out of oats, so I used oat bran instead. It worked just fine!

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I topped my Oat Bran Pancake with peanut butter and banana slices.

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Feel Great Weight

I frequently receive questions about the number of calories I consumed when I was trying to lose weight, and readers are usually surprised when they hear my answer. Check out this week’s post to find out: How Many Calories Do You Need Each Day?

Question of the Day

Are you generally a three-square-meals-a-day person or do you eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day? Have you always eaten this way?

P.S. Bostonians: Pinkberry is opening at the Prudential today!!! To celebrate, they’re offering free froyo from 4:00 – 7:00 PM!

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