Springtime in February

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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It is a gorgeous day in Boston today. It feels like spring! πŸ˜€

We don’t get a lot of nice days like this during the winter, so when we do, you just have to take advantage of them. So, I went outside for a run this afternoon. It’s been so long since I’ve run outdoors, it took me a good 10 minutes to track down my Garmin. But, I finally found it and set out for a 5-mile run. It felt awesome!

  • 8:41
  • 8:52
  • 9:02
  • 9:01
  • 8:44

Total time: 44:22


After my run, I took Murphy for an hour-long walk around our new neighborhood. By the time I got home, I was SO ready for lunch. I whipped up a quick salad, which was piled high with veggies, crumbled blue cheese, and almond slices. I also drizzled a little balsamic vinegar on top.


On the side, I had a serving of kale chips. Love these things!


Veggilicious lunch + H20.



I wanted something sweet to eat for an afternoon snack, so I did a little baking. I made a batch ofΒ Oatmeal Maple Walnut Bars, which turned out pretty good, but they weren’t as maple-y as I had hoped. πŸ˜• But, the bars tasted good enough for me to eat four of them! 😳 Even still, I don’t think they are my best baking creation ever.


Just in case you’re interested, here’s the recipe!

Oatmeal Maple Walnut Bars

Makes 12


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup chick peas
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup barley malt syrup
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350*F
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor
  • Spray 8 X 8 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • Spread batter in pan with a spatula
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes
  • Allow to cool before cutting

I’m considering taking the night off from blogging since I worked almost all day today. I need a serious brain break. Plus, I’m really in the mood to put on my PJs and watch a movie with my boys. Doesn’t that sound nice?

If I don’t see ya tonight, I’ll see ya bright and early tomorrow morning! :mrgreen:



  1. Take a break I say – everyone needs one once in a while πŸ™‚
    Chickpeas in your bars! Awesome idea πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t mind baking them, I keep seeing chickpeas cropping up all over the blog world in recipes at the moment. It makes me feel like I’m missing out!
    Have a good evening πŸ™‚

  2. those maple bars sound so good! i’ve never tried baking with barley malt before, is it like a flour?
    i hope you have a fabulous night off! i love lazy nights!

  3. What a great run! The weather turned nicer here too, and tomorrow should be just as nice! I’m thinking of heading out for my first outdoor run in a long time tomorrow. I can only hope it goes as well as yours did today. πŸ™‚ enjoy the night off! you deserve it.

  4. Good on you for taking a brain break – you deserve it! But when you do get back… do you think the maple flavour could be amplified by switching the barley malt + maple proportions, or would that mess with the consistency of the batter?

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I just stumbled across your blog and I am enjoying it thoroughly. Keep up the great work.

  6. Nothing wrong with a night off! Don’t you hate it when you make something and it doesn’t turn out? That always happens when I’m making something I’m really looking forward to. Like the other day when I went to make kale chips … I was practically dancing in the kitchen, but ended up burning them!

    Enjoy your movie!


  7. Those bars look glorious!! How do you come up with these great recipes?!

    Way to go on your run. 5 miles in 44 minutes is awesome. And what better way to refuel than with tons of veggies =) I wouldn’t worry about eating 4 maple oatmeal bars…with all of the calories you burned on your run your body was probably still needing some more fuel πŸ˜‰

  8. oooh, the sunlight looking in on your food looks wonderful! have a great night of movie watching; I’m in the mood to watch love actually or some other awesome chick flick

  9. Oh my gosh – I love kale chips now too! Just tried some with my dinner and added a little grated Parmesan cheese before putting in over. So good!

  10. It WAS absolutely gorgeous out. If only I knew it was going to be so spring-like. I saw so many runners out and was jealous they were out. Hopefully the weather will be as nice tomorrow morning. I have a 9 miler planned. Eek

  11. Kick your heels up (you deserve to after that awesome 5-mile run+walk) and enjoy your first Saturday night in the new abode!

    You lunch looks incredibly vibrant, filling, and delicious. I think you packed in all of the USDA’s recommended servings of vegetables in that meal as well.

    Also, after reading your breakfast post…I have to get a mop to clean up the drool puddle caused by your incredible baked banana oatmeal. Holy. Yum.

  12. Isn’t running outside absolutely glorious? …Funny how I wasn’t saying that last week when it was -6C and it was snowing while I was running… πŸ™‚ Sometimes you just need to chill on the couch – I actually cancelled plans for last night so I could relax on the couch and watch the Olympics!

  13. Yesterday was gorgeous! John and I went out to dinner, and Newbury St. was packed like it is during the summertime – I guess everyone was taking advantage of the milder temp.

    I’ve discovered pure maple extract as a fantastic addition to baked goods. It has a super strong maple flavor, so you don’t have to use a ton of maple syrup. I think I picked up a bottle at Whole Foods. Check it out!

  14. Even though I live in the South, I’m a big advocate of taking advantage of good weather during January and February…pretty days are few and far between!

    Those are some awesome running paces!

  15. I’ve never heard of barley malt syrup and these bars look/sound great! I hope you enjoyed an evening ‘off.’ Always good to take time to relax and enjoy a movie with your boys once in a while! You definitely deserve it!

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