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Tears filled my eyes when our plane touched down at Logan airport yesterday afternoon. Last week was a roller coaster ride of emotions for me, and being so far away from family and friends made it even harder. I’m glad my city is safe, and I am so happy to be home.

[image by: Katie Butterfield]

I’m also glad to be reunited with my favorite furry friend. I missed his pug face.



I woke up craving comfort food this morning, so I whipped up a batch of Banana Breakfast Quinoa, which was so, so delicious””warm, gooey, and sweet with chewy and crunchy bites mixed in. Mmm! Loved it.


Banana Breakfast Quinoa


  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot on the stovetop.
  2. Bring to a boil, covered, then reduce the heat to simmer until liquid has cooked off (approximately 10-15 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Makes 1-2 servings


Health News & Views

When I first tried to lose weight, I made a lot of mistakes. One of which was not eating enough during the day. I thought if I kept my breakfast and lunch calories in check, the pounds would come right off. Unfortunately, this strategy didn’t work because I’d end up starving by the end of the day and then overeat at dinner and snack late into the evening.

When I started to add more calories to my daytime meals, I was able to better balance my food choices, so I wasn’t hungry all of the time. But, I didn’t just add any old ingredients to my meals. I made sure they were high in nutrients and volume. By filling up on high-volume foods (ones with few calories per bite), I was able to increase my portion size while cutting calories at the same time. This little (or should I say “big”?) trick was key to me losing 20 pounds and keeping it off. With that said, here are 4 ways to eat more to weigh less!

4 Ways to Eat More to Weigh Less

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaways on CNC last week! Here are your winners:

Favorite Foods Giveaway:


I would definitely go with the coffee-I love coffee and since you rave about it, I would love to try it.

Thanks! Hope you are having a great time.

Reebok Sublite Giveaway


Gravel/Black/Hint Mint/Watery Blue/White/Prospect Purple is my fav! bright but won’t get dirty easily


These look awesome and I love all of the fun color combinations! If I were to win these, I would totally choose the Tin Grey with the green and coral contrast!

Congrats, ladies! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite thing about being home?

P.S. I plan to have a couple of posts about our adventures in Ireland on CNC later this week. It won’t be a full recap because I wasn’t really in blogger mode last week, but I’ll definitely share some highlights with you guys!

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