Warming Up

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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Brrrrr! I’m so cold! It’s 40 degrees outside, but a serious chill has plagued my body all day long. πŸ˜• Thankfully, however, I’ve enjoyed a number of foods and drinks that have helped warm me up. Aren’t comfort foods and hot tea some of the benefits of winter? πŸ˜‰


We all know that I have a cookie “problem,” but now I’m starting to think that I have a chili problem, too. I’ve eaten so much of it this past week, but I’m not sick of it at all. It’s just the perfect food for warming-up in the middle of the winter. I love it!

I enjoyed a hearty bowl of leftover chili with lunch today.


With my chili, I had some Triscuit Quatto Formaggio Thin Crisps, which were the perfect compliment.


For some extra nutrients, I also had a salad with lunch.




For “dessert,” I made a 3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie with Vega Smoothie Infusion instead of flour.


Speaking of the 3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie…

A reader, who works for Griffin Hospital (where the NuVal scores were born!) calculated the nutritional information for my 3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. If you’re curious, I added it to the original post.

I’ve also continued to improve upon my original recipe:

If you’ve made a yummy 3-Minute Cookie creation, please let me know and I’ll add it to my list!


Mid-afternoon, I took a quick break from working to make myself a snack. The nice people at Wiseman Tea sent me a bunch of goodies to try out, so I decided to incorporate some tea into my afternoon snack.



So true, right!?! πŸ˜‰




I received four different kids of tea from Wiseman Teas, but the Sencha Orange Passion immediately grabbed my attention.

The incomparable aroma of fresh squeezed orange juice is exuded by this tea, creating impressions of freshness, sweetness, and sun. What better way to start your day than a combination of three morning essentials. The collaboration of orange blossoms, apple pieces, and sencha green tea leaves, creates a complexed infusion with three sources of antioxidants. This composition is equally as energizing and refreshing as it is healthy.


The Sencha Orange Passion was so good– slightly sweet, orange-y, and energizing.


My big mug of tea warmed me right up!


With my tea, I snacked on another handful of Triscuits. They’re addicting!


A little while later, I took another break from working to take Murphy for a long walk around the neighborhood. Even though it was a cold, gray day, it was still nice to get a little exercise, fresh air and, of course, spend some quality time with my favorite guys.


Hi, Mal!



Hi, Murphy!



On our walk, we took a pit-stop to pick up a special ingredient for tonight’s dinner. πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to making the recipe. It seems like a good one!


Back to work I go!Β See ya for our Budweiser dinner!



  1. Yum…nothing warms me up more than peppermint tea, my fave thing to reach for when I’m chilled. And chili is the perfect winter food! I will be making some in the crockpot this week for sure.
    adventures in tri-ing

  2. Beer for dinner?!! Oooh, I bet it’s gonna be a good one -yum!

    Love the saying on that tea! I was just saying last week, after opening up a can of soup that was yucky, that “Life’s too short to eat bad soup!”

  3. What a bummer about the cold! I hate to tell you this.. but I was at the beach yesterday, here in Florida. I’m a native Floridian, have never seen snow and don’t know how you handle the cold! Whew… I’ll take the blistering hot Florida summers over cold weather, any day. Hopefully it’ll start warming up for you guys soon! Until then… keep up the chili. :o)

  4. I love that flavor of Triscuits, and it is true, they are so good!

    I am very intrigued about your dinner, can’t wait to find out what it is!

  5. I hate when I can’t get warm! And it happens a lot! I find myself drinking hot water because I’m not that into tea and I can’t imagine drinking coffee all day long! That would be a bad idea!

  6. I made a 3-minute Oatmeal Cookies this morning! The mix was pretty similar to yours except…I use 1 Stevia packet (in place of brown sugar), 1T chocolate protein powder, and add 1 tsp chia seed. SO GOOD!!

  7. I cannot keep any variety of Trisuits in the house because I will eat the whole box in one day. That tea looks great, but at that price, I’ll stick with drinking ‘bad tea’, or I’ll mention it to my sister in the hopes I get it for my birthday.

  8. Murphy is such a handsome boy! I’ve been making protein cookies with applesauce or pumpkin puree as the base with oats, ground flax seed, and 1/2 scoop protein powder. It’s delish!

  9. hey! i keep noticing your purple bowls and how it looks like they have a serving line built into them….? where did you buy them from?

  10. I have been LOVING these 3-minute cookies – you’re genius! I prefer them more crispy/crunchy than cake-y though, and use equal parts oats & wheat bran, and no flour. I love it with poppyseeds and lime zest, with some applesauce on the side πŸ™‚ Sounds weird, but hey, I never said I was completely normal. And a REALLY easy one is equal parts peanut butter and wheat bran, sugar & cocoa powder to taste, and then the egg beaters. So good!
    Love it when you post “city life” pictures – makes me miss Boston.

  11. Today I was having a serious sweet tooth and was about to try your microwave cookie but overcame it by drinking tea! Tea is my miracle worker!

  12. Tea always looks so good but I just don’t like it for some reason. I have tried all kinds…I have finally just accepted the fact that I am not a tea lover. πŸ™‚

  13. I’m really interested – I’ve been seeing Wiseman Tea everywhere and it looks so good! Did you contact them asking for samples? I’m considering doing that because I dislike buying tea without knowing what I’m getting…

  14. I’m in Florida too – and spent yesterday sitting poolside. But I am actually originally from Boston so I feel your pain dealing with the cold. I always used to walk around, cursing under my breath. HA! Everybody wants me to move back but hmmm . . . not so keen on dealing with winter again.

    And love Murphy to death!!! He is too cute.

  15. There is no such thing as a “chili problem” !! It’s just not possible to eat too much chili! πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see what you made with the Bud!

  16. There’s something about chili that makes it the ultimate comfort food! I too have been making it a go-to meal almost once a week and it is so delicious with a slice of cornbread! mmm…. you def. do not have a problem! πŸ™‚

  17. I was inspired by your 3-minute cookie, so I made my own version last week. But, it’s more of a cake than a cookie. I call mine the Fee-Fi-Faux-Yum! Pumpkin Cake πŸ™‚ I used 1/4 cup of oatmeal (finely ground), 1/4 cup of egg whites, 1/4 cup of pumpkin, 1 TBSP of ww flour, 1/2 TSP of baking powder, sprinkles of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and cocoa powder and then I microwaved for 2 1/2 minutes. And of course, I drizzled mine with agave nectar! You can check out my post here: http://healthychow.com/2010/01/22/once-twice-three-times/

    Thanks for being my inspiration! The 3-minute cookie is amazing!

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