Snow Day

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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Yowsahs. I had no idea that we were suppose to get so much snow last night! 😯

Ok, bad choice of words. “So much” in Boston does not mean a few inches of snow. “So much” means, like, a foot or more. Even still, I was surprised to wake up to a Winter Wonderland this morning.

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Reason #575 why I don’t like snow:

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It actually didn’t take me very long to dig out my car (thanks to light, fluffy snow) and get to Body Pump on time.


Today’s Body Pump class was really fun because the instructor mixed up the music and played a bunch of songs from old releases. I like Body Pump 75 just fine, but I am SO ready for the new one! (My gym is debuting 76 the weekend of our marathon!)

Track highlights from this morning’s class:

  • Back: What Do You Want from Me – Cascada (BP 68)
  • Triceps: Hooke Me Up – Veronicas (BP 68)
  • Shoulders: Thunderstruck – Hinder (BP 70)
  • Abs: Sweet Home Al (Main Version) – BAMA (BP 59)

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As soon as I got home, I broke out the next cookbook in my Cookbook Challenge and started to make lunch.

I received the Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Entertaining cookbook for our wedding more than two years ago and have yet to make a single recipe from it. But, that’s exactly the point of my Cookbook Challenge, isn’t it? 😉

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Flipping through the cookbook, a recipe for Chickpea Salad with Mint immediately caught my attention. It sounded tasty and easy to make, but (as usual) I did my own thing and came up with a different version of the recipe.

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Chickpea Salad with Mint


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
  • Refrigerate and serve cold.

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So many interesting flavors! Love it!

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I paired my Chickpea Salad with some Sweet Potato Friestossed in olive oil, ground flaxseed meal, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

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De-lic-ious meal!

Busy afternoon ahead, but most of it is fun stuff! :mrgreen:



  1. Not a flake here in Western Mass. although we keep hearing that it’s coming. My four year old would love to see snow for Christmas. Your chickpea salad looks great. Enjoy!

  2. Yumm your lunch looks amazing!! I hear ya on the snow shoveling. I have to scrape my car when i head to the gym at 5am and that’s half the workout right there!! Have a great afternoon Tina!

  3. I’m so glad to hear you found a recipe you enjoyed in that cookbook. I just bought one of the cookbooks from that same series for my boyfriend’s sister for Christmas. Enjoy your snow, we have gotten lots of it here in Chicago! It’s definitely going to be a white Christmas.

  4. Do they not mix up the bodypump tracks very often at your gym? When we do a new launch we teach the new release for about 2 weeks and then we have free reign to mix & match from any release we own. I like that. 🙂

    I haven’t watched the video for 76 yet, but I’ve looked through the choreography notes & it looks intense, especially for the small muscle groups! The music is pretty awesome too!

  5. I love your cookbook challenge–I feel guilty walking by my bookshelf where I keep cookbooks. They look so lonely, I might have to do something like this soon enough.

  6. You should come up to Alaska to see what “so much” snow really means! We get about an average of 70 inches in one winter in Anchorage, AK.

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