What I Ate Tuesday & The Saddest Pug Face Ever

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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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Hello, hello!

I haven’t done a daily eats post in ages now, so I decided to put one together for you guys this afternoon. I love seeing what other people eat and getting ideas for my own meals, so I hope you find these kinds of posts helpful too. If so, I’ll be sure to include them in CNC’s regular rotation in the future.


Yesterday’s breakfast was quick and easy: a warm almond butter, marmalade, and banana breakfast tortilla with a decaf almond milk latte. Mmm, it was a nice way to start the day.

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After breakfast, I did a little work and then took Murphy for his morning walk. After that, I met Kerrie and Marisa for a spin class at CycleLife Studio. We tried out a new instructor yesterday morning, and she was really great””awesome music, motivating, and her instruction was a nice mix of hill climbs, sprints, and tempos.

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After class, the three of us swung by Marylou’s for some iced coffee. I went with the weekly special: Coconut Mocha Fudge. Obviously, it was delicious.

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When I got home, I took a quick shower and then threw together lunch, which was a turkey burger with Light Garlic & Herb Cheese from The Laughing Cow, leftover risotto, and a sliced apple. (Only some of the apple is pictured because I snacked on the rest while I was waiting for lunch to cook. I was so hungry!)

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I spent the rest of the afternoon working and eventually took a break for a snack, which ended up being so, so, so delicious. Listen to this: I had roasted acorn squash with cinnamon, melted butter, Nikki’s macadamia nut coconut butter, and chopped walnuts inside. Holy yum!

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I loved the gooey coconut butter mixture so much, I went back for a second serving of it, so I could eat it with the rest of my acorn squash.

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I felt bad ignoring Murphy while I was working (I could tell he was itching to play), so I gave him his treat ball to entertain him.

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About 10 minutes later, I heard panicked whining coming from outside of my office. The pug had gotten his treat ball stuck behind some furniture.

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And what made him even more upset was the loose treats that he couldn’t get to. Oh, the horror!

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Isn’t this the saddest pug face you have ever seen?! I felt so bad for him.

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Of course, I helped Murphy get his ball and then gave him all of the loose treats. He was happy after that and continued to run all over the house (like a freak) chasing his toy.


Before dinner, I started to get a little hungry, so I snacked on some pitted dates and walnuts to hold me over.

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For dinner, I made Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta from PaleOMG, and it was awesome. I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this recipe, and, boy, were they right. (I de-Paleo-fied the meal by adding grated Parmesan on top, and I highly recommend it!)

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Right before bed, I started to get my usual morning sickness/nausea/empty stomach feeling, so I ate a container of black cherry Greek yogurt with chocolate sprinkles, which is my new favorite treat.

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Question of the Day

If you had a human treat ball, what food would you put inside it?

I’d go with peanut M&Ms.

What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to read?

I love day-in-the-life posts, easy recipes, CrossFit-related posts, and funny/dog/pug posts.

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  1. I actually really miss you posting all your meals–I’ve been meaning to go back and find a few of these types of posts to get ideas for myself lately! Maybe once a week or so you could bring them back? Thanks Tina!

  2. Murphy is the cutest! Did you make the turkey burger or did you purchase it form the grocery store? I am tying to find a good recipe to make turkey burgers.

    1. Actually, if you read the comments on this post, some people are interested in what I ate.

      Please take your misery elsewhere. It’s not welcome on CNC.

        1. @Melisa: For the record, Tina…reading your blog is one of the highlights of my day to day gring. I wait for a lull in my work just so I can see if you’ve posted something new. Also…you and pbfingers have helped me to become so much healthier than i have ever been before. I started reading in January 2013, and have since lost 15 pounds of the ever-lingering college and desk-life weight, and have SUCH a better handle on what i am putting in my body…BECAUSE of your posts on food.

          So put that in your pipe, and smoke it, “Cara.”

          *end rant*

      1. @Tina: I wish there was a “like” button on here because I agree Tina. I LOVE your blog and everything you post. When you asked “What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to read?” I would say this blog in its entirety.

        I love hearing about what you’re doing, what you’re eating (I’m going to have to go buy an acorn squash now), Murphy, Baby Haupert, Mal, and Crossfit. As @Britani Sidwell said I wait for a work lull too and check out what you post for the day (and am sad when I’ve read the post(s) for the day)

        There are thousands of blogs on the internet that people who aren’t interested can go read. Go there instead of complaining here.

  3. Hi Tina! Your decaf almond latte looks delicious! I’m also pregnanat and trying to cut out caffeine but I’m having a hard time finding good decaf espresso beans…. where’d you buy yours? Thanks!

  4. awwww! that face! he’s so sad! lol. My dogs used to get equally as upset when their toys got stuck. I guess it’s frustrating when you don’t got no hands

  5. Oh my goodness Murphy, that face!! I just want to squeeze him!! I love food blogs. Like you , I always get ideas from them. For instance, I’m dying to try that tortilla roll. Yum! I also like anything pet related. 🙂 If I had a treat ball I would have walnuts!! It would be a weird shaped treat ball , but delicious nonetheless!

  6. For some reason your human treat ball idea really cracked me up…visualizing myself smacking it against the furniture…because that is what my 2 punks do..hoping to get more out at a time. Well actually the pit/lab mix lets the basenji do all the work. It depends on my cravings but at this point in time it would be the cadbury mini eggs that I would have stuffed into my ball. I like your mix of blog posts..I do miss the “what I ate” but I certainly see where that could be irritating to do all the time.

  7. I love these types of posts! Definitely gives me wonderful inspiration, especially right now while I’m in such a recipe rut!

    I would have to fill my treat ball with some mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s 🙂

  8. omg Marylou’s!!!! My in-laws live in Hull and I always bee-line it to Marylou’s before a day at Gunrock!
    My favorite type of blog are fitness blogs (like yours and mine!) and I would probably fill my treat-ball with peanut butter…just like a dog 😉

  9. I love that idea of putting sprinkles (or Jimmys as we who grew up with Friendlys Ice Cream in Massachusetts say?) in your yogurt! I’m totally going to try that to make yogurt feel more like a decadent dessert!

  10. I love it when you post your eats for the day. Also, your weekly menu plan. Basically for me, it’s all about the food. (I really like your workout posts also)

  11. So I ended up buying my pug puppy, Rory, the same treat ball you bought Murphy! And you are so right, it’s hilarious and keeps them so occupied! Rory has gotten it stuck under the couch, behind the chair, and any other crooks and gives me that sad pug face when it’s stuck. And then whines until I help her. It’s hilarious!! I always love your Murphy posts. They make me so happy 🙂

  12. I love that you include meals/food that you’ve created and eaten! I am always looking for new ideas! How do you make your latte? I have been trying out a few recipes and would love to hear what exactly you put in yours! Also, I would probably put dark chocolate almonds in my treat ball haha

    Random, but the other day I saw on some animal channel that Pugs are one of the best dog breeds to travel with! Made me think of Murphy!

  13. Mine would be filled with date pieces and pecan nuts! Yum!

    I love reading your ‘what I ate’ posts and other bloggers ones too. I also love crossfit and paleo blog posts.

    Oh and that squash looks so tasty – totally going to try it out (minus the coconut butter as we can’t get that in the UK 🙁 )

  14. That face is ADORABLE! I wonder if he realizes just how powerful it is; he could use it to get anything he wants.
    My favorite posts to read are workout posts and dog posts. What can I say, they’re two of my main passions!

  15. Since I’m a dog-mama, I absolutely love posts like these where Murphy gets his ball stuck! True life problems, right there 😉

    I’m a newbie to CrossFit so I am obsessed with anything and everything CrossFit related right now.

    I have to agree with you on the peanut M&Ms”¦ so perfect!

  16. THAT PUGFACE! Also the sprinkles in yogurt is a great idea. I usually throw in peanuts/cashews because I hate the actual texture of yogurt, but that makes it a super calorie-packed snack (which is definitely okay under some circumstances).

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