The Skull Returns

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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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Hi, friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

Right now, I’m sitting on the Acela train to New York City for a special trip, which I will tell you all about soon, but, first, let’s recap Monday!


Yesterday morning started bright and early with a healthy breakfast: a brown rice wrap with peanut butter and sliced banana inside and a glass of freshly pressed green juice made with kale, apple, lemon, cucumber, celery, carrot, and ginger. Love. This. Breakfast.

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After breakfast, I headed to Secret Physique for a barre class with Kerrie. That’s right, I recruited my CrossFit buddy for a barre class. And I am happy to report: she liked it! She also did really well and managed to push through the muscle burn””a lot better than I did during my first barre class!



After class, I said goobye to Kerrie and then ran a few quick errands, which included a stop at Whole Foods, which, of course, included a stop by the trail mix bar. I’m a tad obsessed with it lately.


I also swung by Marylou’s for an iced coffee. I’m always a tad obsessed with Marylou’s.

Blogger + iced coffee pic? You bet!

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After running errands, I arrived home to a sad sight on our front steps: wilted plants.

I’m the worst at keeping plants alive. You’d think it would be fairly simple to care for a plant””water, sunlight, you don’t even need to walk it””but I always manage to kill our plants. As soon as I saw these sorry-looking plants, I watered the crap out of them, and, thankfully, they came back to life. Hopefully, Mal will remember to water them while I am away for the next few days. (He’s not great keeping plants alive either.)



A little while later, I made lunch, which was Cheesy Garlic & Herb Brussels Sprouts with Chicken Sausage. I grocery shopped at Trader Joe’s this week, so I made sure to buy some shredded Brussels sprouts, which then went into this super easy and tasty meal (along with some Laughing Cow cheese and chicken sausage).


I love this dish!


A few hours later, I headed to my second acupuncture appointment. This time, the acupuncturist used quite a few more needles, including four in my stomach, which actually sort of hurt””not painful, but a couple of them definitely made me jump. I haven’t noticed any changes in my UC symptoms yet, but I’m going to keep trucking along with appointments.


When I got home from acupuncture, the skull made its return. (If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can read about the skull here.) Mal is quite clever.

So, I walk in the door of my house and immediately hear sports talk radio blaring from the bathroom. I had just talked to Mal on the phone, and he told me he quickly stopped home to change for CrossFit and that he didn’t have time to feed Murphy, so if the pug said he hadn’t eaten dinner yet, he wasn’t lying about it. I knew Mal probably whizzed in and out of the house, so I assumed he probably forgot to shut off the radio. No big deal, so I walked into the bathroom to turn it off. As soon as I opened the door, the skull came crashing down and fell into our bedroom. (Mal had it balancing on the door.) It scared Murphy more than it scared me, but, I have to admit, it was a pretty clever hiding place. Plus 1 for Mal.



Dinner ended up being a bunch of snacks and randomness from the fridge. We had some leftovers after both of our Mother’s Day celebrations this past weekend, so I finished them off and ate some Cheesy Garlic & Herb Brussels Sprouts with Chicken Sausage. I ended the night with a handful of butterscotch chips and some serious pug cuddling on the couch. I’ll be in NYC until Thursday afternoon, so I made sure to get some pug lovin’ in.


Health News & Views

I love a good protein pancake for breakfast. It’s a quick and easy breakfast that is both nutritious and delicious and satisfies me until lunchtime. Long story short, a protein pancake is a great way to start the day!

I have a bunch of recipes for protein pancakes that I make time and time again, but I wanted to mix it up a little, so I asked some of my blog buddies for their favorite recipes. All of them sound delicious and the extra protein and whole ingredients are guaranteed to start your day off on a healthy note!

5 Protein Pancake Recipes from Food and Fitness Bloggers

Questions of the Day

Do you have a green thumb? Yay or nay?

How many living plants do you have in your home right now?

More importantly: Where should I hide the skull next?

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