The Donkey

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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There are a half dozen loops around our neighborhood where I walk Murphy. Now that we’ve lived in this area for 4 months now, I didn’t think there would be too many surprises on our walks. I mean, Murphy goes for 3 walks a day, every day, so we cover a lot of the same ground again and again.

Well, both yesterday and today, Murphy has been totally bugged-out by this donkey planter in one of the yards that we frequently pass by. We’ve walked by this yard a hundred times, so I find it pretty amusing that he suddenly noticed it. I’m not sure if Murphy is scared or just intrigued? Maybe he thinks it’s another dog? He doesn’t bark at the donkey; he just stares and stares until I pull him away.


Yikes! 😯


Poor guy. I think he’s more afraid of the donkey than interested in becoming friends. (I still think it’s pretty funny! 😆 )


Ok, you guys are going to think I am crazy, but trust me on this one! 😉

For lunch today, I ate maple yogurt with roasted chickpeas and granola. I know, I know. It sounds gross, but I SWEAR it wasn’t! I used Mama Pea’s recipe for Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas (minus the apple cider vinegar), added them to maple-flavored yogurt, and threw in some Vanilla Almond Galaxy Granola just for fun.


Roasting chickpeas gives them a nice, firm texture, so it was like eating little chewy balls, which were mixed into my yogurt. I swear, it was tasty! 😉


Mid-afternoon, I had the urge to do some baking. After my Lentil Brownie experiment, I was determined to bake something delicious using lentils. I came with Whole Wheat Banana-Walnut Muffins, which I enjoyed with melted butter and peanut butter just a little while ago.

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These babies taste just like regular ol’ banana muffins, but you get an extra fiber and protein boost from the lentils.


Whole Wheat Banana-Walnut Muffins

Makes 6 muffins


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Coat muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour batter evenly into muffin cups.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until muffins are cooked through.
  • Allow to cool before eating.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Healthy Eating and Living Seminar

I thought some of the locals might be interested in this event at the end of the month: Healthy Eating and Living Seminar with Best-selling Author Brett Blumenthal.


I’m thinking about attending myself, so if there’s some interest, maybe we can turn it into a blogger meet-up? Email me if you might want to go!

P.S. I finally updated my recipe page!! :mrgreen:



  1. Pumpkin spice roasted chickpeas and maple yogurt together sound delicious!

    Dogs are so cute; my boy is terrified of this one drainage sewer that we’ve passed on our walks everyday for the past 9 years. All of the other ones he’s okay with… but this one FREAKS him out! He’ll run clear across the street to get away from it!

  2. Murphy staring at the donkey reminds me of my old lab Indy growling at a black lab statue my grandparents got my dad for Christmas one year. He growled at it for weeks, and we finally had to move it to a room that he couldn’t go into so he’d stop freaking out!! Too funny, I love dogs and the silly things they do 🙂

    Roasted chickpeas in yogurt sounds just crazy enough to work…the things we bloggers come up with sometimes!! Hope you have a great night!

  3. Aww that event at Gordons looks fun but I have plans with some work friends that night- its kind of like my work bachelorette party haha. Oh well 🙂

  4. For a healthier version of the muffins, replace brown sugar with CANE SUGAR and Canola oil with Olive!
    Ensure walnuts are organic (along with most other ingredients)!
    For added touch and flavor, perhaps adding some CAROB chips would be lovely!

    If anyone tries this alternate version, let me know how you like it! 🙂

  5. I don’t think that combination is gross at all! I love roasted chickpeas, and have had chocolate with raosted edamame before, so I completely get this!

    Also, maybe you should tell Murphy to stop being an ass? 😀 😀

  6. that donkey planter reminds me of that ‘smoking donkey’ ellen used to have on her show, on the coffee table. remember…the little thing released a cigarette out its butt? thought if anyone remember that, itd be you tina…since we are both obsessed w/ ellen 🙂

  7. OMG Murph’s face is priceless there!

    OKAY… question about the roasted chick peas. I’m not normally a chick pea fan, mainly because of texture. When you roast them do they get “hard” and not mushy? or do they bake softer? Just curious. The recipe sounded really neat but I can’t stand the mushiness of a chick pea & it’s texture. However, hummus is just fine? LOL I dunno, don’t ask me to explain my weirdness!


  8. Just wondering. Doesn’t flax seed have Omega 3’s? Because don’t you already use that almost daily? What are your thoughts?

  9. I dont want to creep you out, but… THIS CHICKPEA IN YOGURT THING IS A M A Z I N G. I am going to try it today!! It looks so delicious. You mind = genius

  10. Cute pup! Don’t forget to join us for the Fat Swap and convince your readers to do the same. So many chances to win some more Galaxy Granola. 😉

  11. I really like your blog, but i LOVE Murphy. He is the best! We have a BT, Fygg, very big much (vbm) like Murphy. He has his own language, huge balls (eyeballs), and many of the same mannerisms and looks. One day Fygg would like to to go on a DAT (date) wyss Murphy. Would you like to show Murphy a picture of Fygg?

    Mother of Fyggdog

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