Snack Fail, Breakfast Win {Re-Purposing Recipes}

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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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Good morning!

This morning’s breakfast was especially delicious, which was a nice surprise because it was previously a major snack fail.

As you might remember, I am developing some recipes for the Almond Board of California. One of the recipes on my list is a healthy “energy” bar of sorts. Well, I attempted the new recipe yesterday afternoon, but it failed miserably. The bars were edible, but kind of bland and boring””almost too healthy. I absolutely hate wasting foods, so I re-purposed the bars and turned them into oatmeal this morning with a big scoop of almond butter. I’m so glad I was able to “save” the bars!

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Just now, I whipped up a smoothie with banana, rolled oats, pitted dates, and almond milk to take with me as I drive into Boston to go to a doctor’s appointment. (It’s a Hematology appointment to see what’s going on with my low platelets. Fun fun.) The smoothie is delicious and really filling. A banana + oats = super satisfying!

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Health News & Views

Go ahead and splurge! It’s the holidays after all. You might think you need to deprive yourself of all of the deliciousness of the season to stay fit and trim, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, you can actually enjoy all kinds of holiday food-even the ones you love most at this time of year-without packing on the pounds.

With these tricks below, you can eat what you want and still lose weight during the holidays!

How to Cheat on Your Diet During the Holidays


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Question of the Day

What do you do with failed recipes? Toss them? Re-purpose them into another meal? Feed them to your dog? Any especially creative re-purposing that you’re proud of? 

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