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First things first, I updated the Puppy Page with a new picture! I’ve been slacking on cute puppy pictures.  :)  But Maggie and James are as cute as ever, I promise.  More to come!


Secondly, Pumpkin Yogurt, I love thee.


Let me count the ways…


1) You have protein… loads of protein!

2) You have fruit (pumpkin is technically a fruit!)

3) You have staying power (granola or cereal keeps me full for hours)

4) You taste amazing as a mid-afternoon snack.




Corn on the cob, roasted small yellow potatoes (+ ketchup), and BBQ baked tofu.


Oh and a handful of dried blueberries for dessert.  🙂


If you hate making tofu because it’s time consuming and messy to press it out, get the Nasoya pre-cubed extra firm kind.  I just peel back the foil on top, drain, pour BBQ in, mix up, let stand for a few minutes, and bake at 425 for 20 minutes.  So much easier and it doesn’t mess up the entire kitchen!


Bum Foot Update


My foot still hurts. 🙁 If it still hurts like this in 2 more days, I’m going to call my trusted orthopedic doctor if my new insurance covers him.  I’m guessing its a stress fracture or tendonitis, and although there’s not much they can do, I think I need some sort of sexy air boot.  Marathons are brutal!  Ah well, at least there is swimming.



  • Mandy @ University Cooking January 13, 2010, 7:39 pm

    Mmmm pumpkin anything is fantastic 🙂
    And your puppies are so cute!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances January 13, 2010, 7:40 pm

    Thanks so much for updating the Puppies page! I may or may not check daily for new pictures….. 😀

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 13, 2010, 7:45 pm

    yeah I’m pretty into pumpkin this week as well, oatmeal, pancakes . . .

  • Karla January 13, 2010, 7:45 pm

    Puppy pictures! I’m a fan 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 13, 2010, 7:45 pm

    Hopefully your foot is okay!

    Love the puppy page 🙂

  • Sara January 13, 2010, 7:46 pm

    I love the puppy pics!! I’ve been dyng to get another one. I never understood the corn on the cob plates that go on top of dinner plates… interesting.

    Hope your foot gets better.

  • Allison January 13, 2010, 7:51 pm

    I got tendonitis in my ankle after my first half marathon, but it only hurt to walk for a day, and went away completely in 2 weeks. I hope it’s not a stress fracture- those can take 4-8 weeks to heal! I think you can buy those boots at places other than the doctor, but they are $$$.

  • Evan Thomas January 13, 2010, 7:51 pm

    You are so badass for breaking your foot running 😉
    And I loove tofu, but for some reason the precut doesn’t do it for me. I go with the soft texture. I think it’s funkier

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 13, 2010, 7:52 pm

    i’ve been really scared to try tofu, but this sounds really great! especially since i like to make my own bbq sauce 🙂

    ADORE the puppy pics! so sweet!

  • Annamarina (Running Tails) January 13, 2010, 7:53 pm

    I’m so sorry your foot still hurts. From what it sounds like I had a very similar injury about a month before my marathon. It happened during my 18 mile training run and I didn’t notice anything during the run but the next morning I had a big bruise on the outside of my foot near the 5th metatarsal and couldn’t put any weight on it. I went to the doctor for an x-ray and they couldn’t see a fracture, but stress fractures often don’t show up on regular x-rays until they start to heal. I borrowed a big cast boot from my mother-in-law and wore it non-stop for 3 weeks and miraculously the week before my marathon my foot was fine!! I was so worried it would start hurting during the race, but it was totally fine.

    Just thought I would share my story with you, since it sounds so similar to yours. The boot definitely worked miracles, so if you can get your hands on one I highly suggest it! I hope you are feeling much better soon!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 13, 2010, 7:56 pm

    Bummer about your foot! Hoping it will look better in the morning!

  • Danielle @ ECGWCW January 13, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Your pup is so cute!! 🙂

  • katherine January 13, 2010, 7:59 pm

    Hope everything is okay with your foot! Glad you’ve got someone you trust to check it out.

  • Marissa January 13, 2010, 7:59 pm

    Yay for puppy pictures!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner January 13, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I’m sorry your foot still hurts! Pumpkin yogurt is always good though 🙂

  • Erin January 13, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I made BBQ tofu last night and had leftovers today for lunch — it was okay but just can’t compare to meat. The one thing I miss most… 🙁

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans January 13, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your foot! I had a couple of foot stress fractures in college and I definitely had to rock the boot! I was still good to bike and swim though!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal January 13, 2010, 8:11 pm

    Eeek..I hope you wake up feeling better!

    Thanks for the tofu rec. I hate pressing and waiting, too!

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) January 13, 2010, 8:13 pm

    I really want to try pumpkin yogurt – yum!

    One way to look at the hurt foot – it’s giving you lots of time to focus on swimming for the triathlon! You know you can rock the bike/run, and now with the swimming time, you’ll rock the swim too 🙂

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) January 13, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Thanks for the tofu tip! I have some NaSoya coupons to use, so I will be eager to try this!

  • Brittany January 13, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Your pumpkin yogurt combo looks delicious. I love making my own pumpkin pie yogurt with canned pumpkin!!

    I know I’m super late on this but CONGRATS on your marathon!!! It’s quite the accomplishment! Best of the luck with your foot- I hope it will end up being something that heals quickly.

  • Jenna January 13, 2010, 8:20 pm

    You are genius for coming up with pumpkin yogurt. Now I just need to try it since everyone is braggin about it 😉
    hope the foot feels better!

  • Abby January 13, 2010, 8:36 pm

    My stress fracture only hurt when it was exasperated. Like during the half that broke it.. but the next day it was ok untl I was on it for too long. Unfortunately, I was still in a really hot boot for about 3 weeks. And I rocked a cast for 4! I didn’t mind it so much when I said “It happened during a half-marathon”, so yours is so much cooler!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 13, 2010, 8:37 pm

    Great looking yoghurt!
    Here’s hoping your foot feels better soon!!!

  • Jessica January 13, 2010, 8:50 pm

    praying for that foot of yours, but the fact that you are now a marathoner makes that just about to coolest injury ever.

    my tofu is turning out super crunchy….any thoughts?

    • Caitlin January 13, 2010, 9:07 pm

      bake it less… you cant really undercook tofu (you can eat it raw). so do whatever works for you.

  • BridgetP January 13, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I can’t find that pre-cubed tofu where I live 🙁 It looks so convenient!

    Hope your foot feels better soon!

  • Hangry Pants January 13, 2010, 8:59 pm

    I will send you that boot. It’s shaped for my left foot. Let me know and I will check with the doctor to see if I have to give it back (I had to give the crutches back).

  • Nicole January 13, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Pumpkin yogurt, yummm! I hope that foot gets to feeling better! 🙁 There is always swimming : ) …and swimming is a great workout, of course!

  • Teacherwoman January 13, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I am going to try the pumpkin yogurt tomorrow! Can’t wait!

    I hope your foot starts feeling better, and soon. Yes, there always is swimming; a great workout that is low impact.

  • Jessie January 13, 2010, 9:24 pm

    I had a hard time with tofu. Think I pressed it too much and from there the texture just went down hill. Can you get tofu crispy? Because I really have a hard time with it mushy.

    • Jessica January 14, 2010, 7:45 am

      cut it into little squares and bake it WAY too long…haha

      • caitlin January 14, 2010, 7:59 am

        haha yes, exactly.

  • Andrea @ For the Love of the Run January 13, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Seriously, where do you find all of these cute plates?

    • caitlin January 14, 2010, 8:00 am

      I got most of them at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. We seriously dont have any matching dishes.

  • Amber K January 13, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Your food always looks SO good! It inspires me to start cooking more naturally.

  • Christy January 13, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Ooo la la, sexy air boots hahaha.. hope your foot feels better!!

  • Katharine January 13, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I’ve been hesitant to eat tofu ever since I had it at my aunt’s when I was 11 years old. I developed a queasiness about it and haven’t had any since. But this recipe sounds like a good start – I do loooove BBQ. And thanks for the tip about the already cubed kind, anything that’s faster and less messy!

  • Sara January 13, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Your puppies are adorable! I hope your foot feels better soon!

  • Ali@ Food, FItness, Fashion January 13, 2010, 10:07 pm

    I hope your foot gets better lady!!!! I need to try this pumpkin yogurt you are raving about!

  • skinnyrunner January 13, 2010, 10:23 pm

    ok you’ve convinced me to go try the pumpkin yogurt right now!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 13, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Take care of yourself! You only get two feet and you need both of them to run.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 13, 2010, 10:48 pm

    I hope your foot gets better soon!! Rest for a few days, and watch movies 🙂 That will help!

  • Whit January 13, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Tendonitis is what struck me. Some odd weeks later it is just now getting better. I literally had a bruise [like you did, right] which I found weird because I have never had a bruise from tendonitis. Then again I never ran a marathon before then either.

    • caitlin January 14, 2010, 8:01 am

      Hahah. Yea, I’m hoping its tendinitis, but I figure whether its a fracture or tendinitis, the treatment is the same (don’t run). Bah.

  • Christa January 14, 2010, 12:30 am

    I only made it to my first 1/2 marathon race (of a marathon training program) when my aching foot started killing me! I thought it was a stress fracture too. Found out I hyperextended the ligaments in my foot. I was told to try a foot strengthening exercise. Kinda like using a squeezy ball to strengthen your hand muscles. Put a piece of cloth on the floor and pick it up with your foot. Then release and let the cloth drop. Same sort of concept of the squeezy ball but making your foot grab objects. Just a good general ligament strengthener. If it is ligaments or muscles, soaking it in Epsom salts could also help. Good luck!

  • Jessica January 14, 2010, 6:14 am

    if you really want one, they do sell air casts at places like Walgreens and CVS (at least around here). you can get them online, too. might be worth the peace-of-mind.

    • caitlin January 14, 2010, 8:03 am

      bah i checked my walgreens and they didnt have it. maybe i’ll trek to cvs later… thank you for the tip!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 14, 2010, 7:34 am

    I tried pumpkin yogurt for breakfast yesterday and it was amazing!

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 14, 2010, 8:01 am

    oooh that’s a good tofu idea! I normally NEVER buy it unless it’s smoked (then it’d delcious) but I’m gradually building up some confidence after reading so many bloggy posts about it!!
    I think it’d be a good idea to see a doctor person – at least if you know for definite what’s wrong with your foot, you can have a progosis/know how long it’ll take to recover. Better than nothing! Have a good day 🙂

  • Aynsley - WrenLife.com January 14, 2010, 9:41 am

    I have never tried tofu before. Would you recommend my first experience be the way you instruct above, baking with BBQ sauce?

  • Jenny @ nutmegger January 14, 2010, 10:00 am

    Wow I never have made tofo luke that. Question though, when you say “mix it up” what exactly do you mean?

    • caitlin January 14, 2010, 10:03 am

      i literally just dump BBQ sauce into the tofu package (after draining) and stir. ta-da!

  • alli January 14, 2010, 10:09 am

    okay, i am adding pumpkin to my yogurt tonight!
    good luck with the foot! when i went for my xrays for my stress fracture they tried giving me a boot that would have cost me $450 (my deductable hadn’t been met, so it would have been out of pocket) i said there was no way i could do that unless it was a gucci boot 😉
    they gave me a wodden sole ‘surgical’ boot instead which worked just fine. i felt so relieved that i only had to pay $25 vs. $450.
    be careful! yes, we should take care of ourselves and treat injuries the right way, but it shouldn’t have to cost a fortune! 🙂

  • Rachel January 14, 2010, 10:32 am

    Oh good! I’ve been hoping for more puppy pictures!

  • Danielle January 14, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I am just recovering from two stress fractures in my foot (1st metatarsal and cuboid bone). Mine occurred from too much running (I guess I shouldn’t run every day!), hard surfaces, and very very worn out shoes.

    Anyway, I had a walking boot for about a month, and have taken almost two months off of running so far. Swimming, cycling, elliptical and pool running are great options for cross-training (depending on what your foot can handle without pain)!

    I would recommend talking with your insurance company several times about any tests/boots they give you. My MRI and walking boot are setting me back several hundred dollars, not to mention copays on doctor’s visits.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 14, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Your puppies are adorable!!!

    And you’re right about swimming, and it’s soo incredibly good for you!

  • Jessica January 14, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing you “babies” with us! I have a mini long haired daschund, named Sultan, who I absolutely adore!

    He watches me run on the treadmill like I’m a crazy person. ;-P You gotta love ’em!

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