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The Easter Bunny Likes Carrots, So Do We

The Easter Bunny Likes Carrots, So Do We


Friday workout:

The longest, slowest run of my life. 12 minute mile pace. Lots of time to think. Lots of time to realize how awesome it is when I can run pain free and how bad I want that back and will never take advantage of it again.


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Saturday Workout:

Taught a boot camp class


Random STUFT happenings:

I went to the doctor yesterday. Lovely HMO. Saw my primary and got a lot of “I don’t know.” Waiting for a referral to a specialist. I love waiting. I’m really good at it. I’m also good at resting. Ha.


I should’ve worked on taxes last night, but my late Friday night looked a little like this instead.


I made my creamy dreamy ice cream and added a packet of dark chocolate CocoaVia (I try to have a packet every day). Caught up on last week’s Dancing With the Stars.


We were up countless times last night with some toddler tummy troubles. Then up bright and early. When all else fails in the early morning hours we prep things for cookie dough ice cream.



We did a mediocre egg dye job the other day. Brown eggs do not color up very well.


We only cracked 3 out of 12. Not bad. I think that’s a little better than last year.

Oh well. We make up for it with our huge jugs of egg whites.

Which reminds me, Egg Whites International is having an Easter sale right now for free shipping.


Here’s the info.

From now until Midnight PST on Easter Sunday, any order you place will be FREE SHIPPING!
4 gallons, (Normally $134 ONLY $112) Coupon Code – ESACLAG
2 gallons, (Normally $72 ONLY $56) Coupon Code – SNOLLAG
6 half gallons, (Normally $118 ONLY $96) Coupon Code – ESACFLAH

A pretty good deal if you like big jugs. He he.

They might just be the perfect Easter present. Here’s the link to order online. (*affiliate link)

Here’s my ultimate pear breakfast salad from this morning (with a Jazz apple instead) made with those egg whites.



Now let’s talk carrots.

We’ve been roasting them up like mad over here. It’s the only way I can get the boys to eat them. They might need to work on their peeling skills, but at the rate we’re going through carrots, they should have it down in just a few days.


The basic way we’ve been roasting them is just tossing the small carrot pieces with a little melted coconut oil, sprinkling them with sea salt and then baking them convention at 375 or 400 for about 30 minutes or so. (I’m not the best judge of time as I usually burn things, so you may have to adjust.)

We call them carrot “fries”.


If we’re feeling a little adventurous we go the Italian route. It takes the whole roasted carrots idea we got from Meredith to a new level.


Italian Carrot “Fries”

thinly sliced carrots (or very thin baby carrots or carrot chips)

olive oil (to toss)

Italian seasoning

garlic salt

garlic powder

parmesan cheese


Toss carrots with a little olive oil. Spread on a pan covered with nonstick spray. Roast at 375-400 convection for 25-30 minutes.


Dip in marinara or light ranch dressing, or both.

I’m telling you, the kiddos will love them (so will the men).


If I’m making them for me sometimes I ditch the oil, parmesan cheese and add a little extra cayenne and other seasoning (garlic salt, crushed red pepper, Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning, paprika, etc.)


Yes, you can bake these carrots without any oil and just use olive oil spray or coconut oil spray instead. They’re a little dry, but I like them that way.


You know what other way I REALLY like them?

Sweet of course.

Prepared exactly like sweet roasted kabocha squash (minus the extra arm workout of cutting the squash and a heck of a lot cheaper).


Mmmm hmm….


Eat up plain just like cinnamon sugar chips.


Or with a few other roasted sweet goodies.


Dip them in peanut butter.

Or make one huge mess of a sweet plate with some Flatout cinnamon crisps, white chocolate protein cookie dough, low calorie peanut butter frosting and a little NuttZo.


Now that is just heavenly.

Talk about impressing the Easter Bunny.



Great, now I have to go make these again after looking at all these pictures.



What’s your favorite way to eat carrots?

Do you leave a carrot out for the Easter Bunny like cookies for Santa?

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  1. 1
    Ren says:

    poor lady, I hope you’re better soon. I’m sidelined with an ankle injury and can’t run at all, so I feel your pain. Have you considered seeing a physiotherapist right away? That’s usually what I do, even as I see my regular doc for things like specialists/xrays/MRIs. Physios are experts in body mechanics and know our running bodies better than a GP does (most of the time) and can help rehab you much quicker. Good luck!

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I’m waiting on a referral. I’m so sorry Ren that you have an ankle injury. I hope you get better soon. What happened?

      • Ren says:

        No stinking idea what caused it, because I hadn’t even been running the week before the pain came, grrr. I wrote more about it over on my blog. In Canada, we don’t need referrals to see physiotherapists, so I have an appointment with one later today. We’ll see what he says about cause and treatment. Do you have to have a referral there? Sucks if you do 🙁 Physiotherapists are so wonderful.

  2. 2
    Janine says:

    Not sure if you have access to a pool, but if you do, you could try deep water running. I know a few people who did nothing but “pool miles” for weeks before races, and they said it was running-specific enough to carry them through. It can be really boring (I once did 2 hours–not fun!), but adding lots of intervals makes it manageable. Plus, if you don’t wear a flotation belt, you build core/hip muscles you didn’t know existed!

  3. 3

    Sending you get well vibes!! What worked best for me when I was in your situation was to just rest it. I took about three weeks off from running and used the bike to cross train and I am finally up & running again. Not high mileage, but any run is good right now compared to that painful groin/inner thigh tightness. Hopefully you get referred to a good sports MD – mine was awesome!

  4. 4

    i use so many carrots around here, I like the shredded ones in my oatmeal or mixed with pb for a snack. but this is a super duper new way!!

  5. 5
    Jennifer mykytiuk says:

    Your brown egg picture reminded me to buy white eggs! Thanks I really hope you are able to rest your injury! Most of the time all it takes is two weeks of no running. At all. To get better. But the more you run now the longer it will take. I had to take two very difficult weeks off for my foot but was able to come back running! You will be great in Boston even if you rest now. You have enough miles under your belt your body will remember! Take it easy! Hope you find something put soon. I wonder if there is a physical therapist you can go to one time to learn stretches, etc… Happy Easter!

  6. 6
    sarah says:

    If you keep trying to run on an injury it is most likely going to get worse…you aren’t really giving your body a chance to recover at all, and you could be setting yourself up for a much longer recovery by not resting.
    I know it is hard, TRUST ME, I know. I put myself in crutches for 11 weeks by trying to run through injury.
    But you don’t need to worry, your fitness won’t magically disappear with a week or 2 of no running, especially if you continue to cross train. Many top professional runners take weeks at a time off throughout the year, to recuperate.
    I’m really not trying to be rude at all, but it kinda seems like you’ve been running your body into the ground, for a while .
    Truly wishing you all the best 🙂

    • 6.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Not rude at all Sarah- sometimes i need to hear it over and over again. Good point about the top athletes taking time off. I was totally thinking about that today. Thank you!!!!

  7. 7
    Chelsea says:

    Sorry about still being waylaid, that can be the toughest thing sometimes, mentally :/ speaking of mental, you have totally blown my mind with this crazy idea of sweet carrots?! With peanut butter? Surely you lie! Lol. But I will definitely be trying them soon, as you’ve gotten me very intrigued!

  8. 8

    bah! sorry about the bad run! still praying that God will speak to you during this time!!

  9. 9
    Elizabeth says:

    12 minute miles is slow?? Girl, that would be a dream run for me at this point:(. I’m so sorry you are injured and wish you the very best and gees–sorry bout HMO! I just go see whomever I want whenever I want–I can be pushy and kind of demanding about my HC–I also can be demanding about MRIs, bone scans, etc. I always try to be nice though. Screw injuries!! E

  10. 10
    Holly says:

    Shoot…sorry to hear things just aren’t feeling better. I can sooo empathize with the impatience and working out combo. Hang in there. I’m loving the idea of the roasted carrot fries. You haven’t steered me wrong yet…microwave muffins, kobacha, frozen chocolate frosting, PB2 combos…the list goes on and on of all the stuft recipes I’ve tried. Carrot fries…comin’ up! Happy Easter!

  11. 11
    Tess says:

    Happy EASTER!!!! Lurve the eggs 😉 I eat so many carrots that I have tinted my skin orange, really! I will be trying this recipe A.S.A.P.

  12. 12
    meredith says:

    Your carrots look absolutely amazing! I am so glad I was able to introduce them to you and thank you so much for always remembering me for it! I am going to try dipping them in marinara sauce for my son – he gets finicky sometimes even though he really does like carrots (he sometimes forgets and turns them down)…I also need to try with the cocoa powder! .I hope you are feeling better soon. Absolutely the worst when you can’t run like you want to and the doctors are useless with the I don’t know’s and referring to someone else. Ugh!

  13. 13
    Christina says:

    I really need to try that idea of parmesan on the carrots – I often do it with other veggies but never thought to try with carrots! Hope you start feeling better soon with your runs. I’ve always noticed a general “3 week window” with most annoying runner injuries so hopefully you’ll be fine by Boston 🙂

  14. 14
    Becca says:

    Hey I have a ransom question. 🙂 I’m training for my first marathon and have yet to get a running belt. Is there one you would suggest? Also I’m skeptical of buying one with built in water bottles, just because I don’t want to have the extra bulk during race day. They also have aid stands every 2-3 miles. Do you run with water during a race? I’m think it may only be handy when training outside during long runs.



    • 14.1

      I know you’re not asking me but I thought I’d respond. Most run belts have built in water bottles in them. However, the flip belt is a new option people are liking (I haven’t tried it) http://www.flipbelt.com/ and the k-pack is another option: http://www.k-packfitness.com/

      Like most runners- I will never run a race with a belt. Like you mentioned there are plenty of aid stations so you don’t need to have water bottles on you. However, something like a flipbelt may be nice to have for your gu, other fuels, and needs during a run.

      I’m sure Kristin will have more for you, just thought I’d give some feedback. 🙂

    • 14.2
      STUFT Mama says:

      Hi Becca! I never run with water during a race. I do have this belt though for long training runs. I love it. It’s not too bulky, but hold all my necessities. 🙂 http://astore.amazon.com/sm0aed-20/detail/B000NHLHFW

  15. 15

    I will take one of all of those dishes of food and then a smile back on your face. Thanks 🙂

  16. 16
    Kathy says:

    General doc would give a lot of “I don’t knows”….bummer on the HMO…you would think ZOO insurance would be awesome…I mean YOU could get eaten by a TIGER!!! With threats like that the insurance should be superb!! 😉

    Hopefully you can go straight to the Orthopedics and or a Groin specialist asap.

    We have had a touch of the flu going through our house since Thursday…very low key weekend around here…but, it is the first flu of the year for us so I can’t complain. Happy Easter Girlie!!

  17. 17

    I’m so sorry you are still dealing with the pain! I’m praying for you, and I hope that you draw close to God during this time and He uses it in a very special way. I’m not good at waiting or resting either!
    As far as those carrot fries… I need them! I’m thinking we will have them for dinner. 🙂

  18. 18

    I’m not going to lie, I’m skeptical of this whole roasted carrots business, but I think it’s something I’m going to NEED to try sooner than later 🙂

  19. 19

    Friend, you’re making me sad. I know after I had surgery…twice…I was down in the dumps getting back to myself. You have to take care of yourself now. I know it sucks, but you have to heal. I’m here if you need to talk. Call me if you want to. Seriously!

    The carrots look amazing! I LOVE roasted carrots. I normally leave them whole and roast them that way. I need to try your way next time! Big hugs my friend! xoxo

  20. 20
    Jody says:

    This may be your funniest post yet. The carrot placement had me laughing out loud at my desk!


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