What I’m Loving Lately 55 {Healthy Eating Edition}

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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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Hi, friends! Happy New Year!!!

With the new year kicking off today, I decided to write a special healthy eating edition of What I’m Loving Lately. I actually started my “January 1st” the day after Christmas””mostly to put an end to a week-long sugar and booze bender””so I’ve eaten pretty well and tried some new things recently and wanted to share what I’ve been loving lately. Hopefully, it will motivate you in 2016 to do the same! Enjoy!

Hemp seeds – I can’t believe I am just now discovering the awesomeness of hemp hearts. They are nutritional rock stars for sure! Some highlights in one serving (3 tbsp): 180 calories, 10g polyunsaturated fat, 1.5g monounsaturated fat, 10g protein, iron 20% DV, B6 8%, folate 8%, zinc 20%, magnesium 45%, manganese 110%. Impressive, right? I like to add them to oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, and mash with bananas. They’re chewy and taste a little nutty. Big fan over here!

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2-Week Clean Eating Plan – Planning to get back on track? Check out this clean eating plan, which includes recipes, shopping lists, and daily menus with photos of each meal!

Salmon Cesar Salad – Sooooo good! The photo pictured below is from Scarlet Oak Tavern, and I actually ate this same meal three different times last week because I love it so much.

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99 Healthy Breakfasts With 5 Ingredients or Less – Make breakfast simple with these easy and delicious recipes. The Cinnamon Quinoa Bake looks amazing!

SFH Coconut Fuel – Oh my gosh, this stuff tastes incredible. The flavor is perfect””not too sweet and really smooth. I’ve used SFH vanilla Recovery protein for years now, but recently discovered their coconut Fuel, which is a great anytime protein to help you meet your daily protein needs. SFH actually doesn’t recommend Fuel post-workout (their Recovery line is made for that), so I often use it in smoothies, desserts, and oatmeal as a way to add some extra protein to my diet. SFH is offering CNC readers 10% off orders with code CNC10!


Mustard Roasted Potatoes – These look incredibleeeeee! Must make ASAP.

479 Degrees Toasted Caramel Popcorn – Ok, Mal, Quinn, and I finished off almost the entire bag in one night, but one serving (1 cup) is just 110 calories, which is a great option for a sweet treat!


10 Ways Your Kitchen Can Help You Lose Weight – I especially like 2, 3, 4, and 6!

Our new Pyrex storage set – Some of our plastic containers were getting kind of grubby, so I upgraded with a new Pyrex set, which makes Sunday food prep a lot more fun. I love seeing how nice and organized my fridge looks after I make all of that healthy food for the week!

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60+ Healthy Lunches That Help You Lose Weight – Lots of great ideas!

Nutritional yeast – Another nutritional rock star! I love sprinkling this stuff on just about everything lately, especially rice, quinoa, roasted veggies, toast, and eggs. Mmm!


Question of the Day

What healthy eating thing are you loving lately?



  1. Thanks for sharing. I personally appear to have been battling with my weight all my life, even as a teen I was always a little on the chubby side and therefore got picked on consistently. But as an adult woman things changed for even worse as I gained all the more pounds especially after my first pregnancy. However lately I have lost almost 35 lbs, after a close friend of mine shared a weight-loss newsletter from a German diet guru with me, therefore in an effort to give back here is a link to the free newsletter for women: http://bit.ly/1kxNYvM

  2. I’ve been eyeing nutritional yeast for over a year now but something seems so off about it. I think you may have just set me over the edge now. I gotta try it out! Hope you’re having a wonderful New Year’s Day! 🙂

  3. I love hemp hearts! Another great way to eat them is on salads. I like to add some chia seeds and hemp hearts to my salads to kick them up a notch!

  4. Shakeology is my healthy go-to. I’ve had a couple of months here and there lately where I didn’t have is as often, and I always notice feeling better if I have it, especially during a sugary holiday season! Besides that, lots of salads!

  5. Hi Tina,
    I’m a long time reader and thought it was finally time to comment and say THANKS for this blog. I love it! We also have a Pug, Eloise, who is 17 months old so we always look for Murphy photos and news. I’m impressed at how well-behaved he is. Our Pug is so stubborn. Again, thanks for the great blog and all you offer your readers. Most importantly…. Quinn is so so so so cute.
    ps. My family is obsessed with your bang bang cauliflower.YUM!

  6. Thanks for the link to the 2-week clean eating plan. I am getting prepared and starting it on Monday!
    Happy New Year!!

  7. Hi Tina! I too am on a mission to get my eating back in check-tis the season right?! Just wondering how your UC symptoms are recently. I saw the post about participating in the study-thank you for helping other people!- do you think you can post a health update on how you’ve been feeling and how the holidays went?

  8. More posts like this please! I LOVE this post. I don’t need help finding donuts, but Hemp Seeds? I might need a little help there 🙂

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