Today Ended with Caramel Pears

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Happy Hump Day, bloggies! The first half of this work week flew by, didn’t it? Let’s hope the final two days do the same! I’m ready for the week-end!!! Anyone have exciting plans that they are looking forward to already?


I did it again! I totally forgot to snap a pic of my lunch! I was really hungry at lunchtime today, so maybe my extreme hunger clouded my food blogger brain? 😳 I did, however, manage to snap the very last bite of lunch, which was a huge “Everything But The…” salad. In the mix was lettuce, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks, mushrooms, spaghetti squash, risotto, asparagus, and pumpkin seeds. 

I finished lunch with a Chocolate Chip Z Bar, which was delish as always. 

My lunch didn’t hold me over at all today, so I ended up eating two snacks over the course of the afternoon: Stonyfield yogurt + Peanut Butter Puffins and Maple Brown Sugar instant oatmeal


Surprise, surprise, dinner was a homemade pizza on a Boboli pizza crust. Mal and I love our homemade pizza! It’s so quick and easy to make, and generally, it’s a healthy meal. Tonight’s toppings included red peppers, onions, mushrooms, marinara, and shredded mozzarella. On the side, I had some spaghetti squash with Parmesan sprinkled on top. 

Sweet Treat

I found this recipe for Caramel Pears on the Fitness magazine website the other day. I’ve been anxiously waiting to make it, and this evening, I finally had the time (and motivation) to do so!  :mrgreen: (FYI: I modified the original recipe a tiny bit.)

1 serving

1 tbs. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 Bartlett pear, cut into chunks 
Small sprinkle of ground cinnamon


  • Cut pear into bit-sized chunks;, discard core.

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and lemon juice, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the pear wedges; cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

This recipe was SO easy to make and it turned out delicious! However, the pears didn’t really taste like caramel at all. They were sweet and wonderful, but I didn’t taste a caramel flavor. I’d still recommend trying this recipe. I liked it a whole lot!! :mrgreen:

I want to try this recipe with apples and raisins next! 😉

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#137 Ashley C.  

those are so cool- I would love to win, but never do 

I am a total stove-top oatmeal person all the way. It’s such a difference. You should try cooking the blueberries in the oatmeal. I love to get them warm and squishy and then use your spoon to squeeze the juice out of them and mix it around. Not only does it taste delicious, it adds a purdy purple to your bowl

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Good morning! I workout in my living room so these cards would be fun!

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  1. I have a lunchbox with that same Vera Bradley design that you have under the Zbar. So cute!

    I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend! It’s the beginning of my Spring Break 🙂 I haven’t been home since Christmas!

  2. How do you ever stick to just one piece of pizza? Even when I eat my veggies first (for a fiber fill up) and eat the pizza s-l-ooo-w-l-y, I still cannot help but going back for more. Especially when my man is chowing down on his 4th piece!

  3. I was just thinking as I was reading the recipe for the pears that “I bet it would be good with apples”. Great minds think alike 😀

  4. That looks like an interesting recipe. I picked up a bunch of pears at the grocery store as they were the same variety I had with my boyfriend at a fancy dinner out (Salts in Cambridge). The restaurant had poached them and they were so good I’ve been wanting to recreate them. Yours look yummy and probably much healthier.

  5. @Oh She Glows: Foodbuzz just sent them to me. Unfortunately, my blog url and last name have changed since they sent the cards to me, so I had to order new ones. I used to order my new batch of biz cards. They came out very cute and they were cheap– just an option!

  6. Oatmeal fills me up so well too! I like to also spread the cooked oatmeal into a baking dish and stick in the fridge overnight, cut into triangles, and bake until crispy in the morning to make oatmeal triangles served with cottage cheese and greek yogurt for extra protein and satiety (I posted about this a little while ago). A nice omelet filled in a high fiber bread or wrap always fills me up well too.


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