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Why, hello there!


Good morning.  It’s going to be a very good day indeed.  Don’t you agree?


You better agree with the Boss Lady.


Today is an exciting day!  Megan is coming to town!  My BFF from Orlando, Megan is joining me in Charlotte for a night and then we’re traveling to the Healthy Living Summit.


Anyone who dresses in all black workout clothes and pretends to be a running ninja is alright by me.




A mix of cooked quinoa, mashed banana, chia seeds, almond butter, and maple syrup.


Simple, but it hit the spot.  Quinoa is my favorite ‘grain,’ I think.


Off we go!



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 11, 2010, 8:36 am

    Today IS a good day! I ran 12miles this morning, I’ve aaalmost finished my ironing for the HLS and I leave tomorrow at 2am!! SOO excited!
    Oh – I got your coffee 😀

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 11, 2010, 8:45 am

    Thanks again for your Bikini Confidence Guest Post on my blog:

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired August 11, 2010, 8:45 am

    Aw! Have fun with Megan! Jealous of the healthy living summit, but it will always come around my anniversary weekend.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 11, 2010, 8:46 am

    I love quinoa, too, though I’ve never eaten it with anything sweet for breakfast. I’m addicted to my morning oatmeal, but maybe it’s time I gave other grains a try. They can’t just be good savory.

  • haya August 11, 2010, 8:47 am

    oh man!!! maggie is so hilariously adorable.
    have fun w/ megan!

    can’t wait till friday

  • sweetersalt August 11, 2010, 8:48 am

    precious pupper!

  • Christie {Honoring Health} August 11, 2010, 8:49 am

    I love quinoa, too. In fact, it is on my dinner menu tonight. For some reason, though, I can’t stomach it for breakfast. I have tried a couple of different ways and something about the texture just turns me off first thing in the morning.

  • Marina August 11, 2010, 8:50 am

    I love that picture of Megan 🙂
    And breakfast quinoa looks amazing, I haven’t had any quinoa for too long now 🙁
    Have a nice day!

  • Gracie (complicated day) August 11, 2010, 8:52 am

    Haha, that puppy is hilarious! Thanks for a smile early in the morning!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 11, 2010, 8:52 am

    I can’t believe I’m admitting this is public… but I’ve never had quinoa before… yikes 🙁

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie) August 11, 2010, 8:56 am

    Awww yay! So glad you guys are finally reuniting. 🙂 Have a great time! See you both tomorrow!!

  • Emily August 11, 2010, 8:59 am

    Hey girl! Love the blog. I hope you have a fabulous time at HLS!

    Random question, what brand of almond butter do you use?

    • Caitlin August 11, 2010, 9:08 am

      That is the Marantha brand!

      • eatmovelove August 11, 2010, 10:10 am

        LOVE Maranatha Roasted – my favorite!

  • Amelia August 11, 2010, 9:01 am

    Quinoa is great! I don’t believe I have met a grain that I didn’t like.

  • allison @ livingoneday August 11, 2010, 9:02 am

    ok everytime i see your toasted quinoa breakfasts, they always make me want to whip up a batch of israeli couscous mixed with yogurt! i think it’ll be like tapioca! haha

  • Stacey August 11, 2010, 9:03 am

    Yay! Have fun with Megan!! 😀

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 11, 2010, 9:05 am

    Pretty lazy pup 🙂

  • katie August 11, 2010, 9:09 am

    I love how you met a lot of your BFFs through blogging. Also, I love your dogs.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 11, 2010, 9:14 am

    Have so much fun!! Wish I could be at the HLS 🙁

  • Little Bookworm August 11, 2010, 9:16 am

    Love the photos of Maggie!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 11, 2010, 9:22 am

    That breakfast sounds so comforting. I adore quinoa as well. See ya ladies soon!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 11, 2010, 9:23 am

    I love quinoa next to oatmeal! Breakfast quinoa is really great fuel for the day!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! August 11, 2010, 9:24 am

    Love to see Meghan again on your blog, I know how much you guys used to hang out a before and you must have missed her a lot…….have fun at the Summit!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 11, 2010, 9:24 am

    Maggie is so cute! What a sweet face 🙂

    I love quinoa for breakfast — it is so good as a replacement for oatmeal.

  • Lexie August 11, 2010, 9:24 am

    I have a new found love for quinoa and that recipe right there looks DELICIOUS! I will be borrowing it 🙂

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini August 11, 2010, 9:25 am

    Your life has been a whirlwind lately, but seems like you’re having a blast!

  • Rachel August 11, 2010, 9:31 am

    How exciting that Megan is coming into town! I look forward to reading about what you guys do today/tonight!!

  • Beth @ Will Run for Books August 11, 2010, 9:38 am

    I NEED to eat that! See you at HLS!

  • Michelle August 11, 2010, 9:50 am

    omg. your dogs are just beyond adorable! That first picture is basically what I wake up to every day with my pupper!

  • Laurie August 11, 2010, 9:51 am

    Love, love the pictures of Maggie! She is such a character! Have fun with Megan and at the HLS!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 11, 2010, 9:54 am

    I haven’t tried quinoa as a breakfast yet, but I LOVE the stuff so I need to do that soon! Have an awesome trip, I wish I could be there!! Next year. 🙁

  • jassy August 11, 2010, 10:00 am

    megan seems funny! 🙂

  • tanyasdaily August 11, 2010, 10:05 am

    I like the cobblestone road..pic of dog..cute!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 11, 2010, 10:06 am

    Can’t wait to read everyone’s recaps of HLS 🙂

    Have fuN!

  • Wei-Wei August 11, 2010, 10:11 am

    I’m trying to convince my mom to get a dog, and I showed her that photo of Maggie. Hopefully that helped! 😀


  • eatmovelove August 11, 2010, 10:11 am

    LOL at that picture, it’s great!

    Went to the store yesterday to see if your book was in late after work – I chose that instead of the sun! – not in here yet (I’m in Canada) – but they said to expect it sometime this week! 🙂

  • Camille August 11, 2010, 10:12 am

    Did you know that you have a whole page in Glamour magazine this month!? I screamed when I saw it 🙂

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 10:42 am

      heheh yes i do 🙂 its very exciting!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 11, 2010, 10:22 am

    I think Megan is my new favorite person. I must do act like a ninja wearing all black when I’m back at my college! haha

  • JenATX August 11, 2010, 10:22 am

    I put quinoa in my scrambled eggs this morning.. is that weird? i thought it would make the eggs fluffier. idk if it worked but at least i got some extra nutrients

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 10:43 am

      Did you put raw or cooked quinoa in? Sounds interesting!

  • Tina August 11, 2010, 10:46 am

    Have so much fun!!!!

    And those puppy eyes are too adorable.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 11, 2010, 10:48 am

    Have fun!!!!! I’m quite upset that I can’t make it this weekend.. I am going to the Can Fit Pro fitness conference (which is still very awesome!), but I hope to be at HLS next year! 🙂

  • Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries August 11, 2010, 10:48 am

    Aww puppy eyes! So cute. And today will be a good day because we are going to Luna’s for dinner! I can’t wait to get my hands on their veggie burger. =D

  • Kristina August 11, 2010, 10:49 am

    ah, Maggie.

    what a cutie

  • Joanne August 11, 2010, 10:50 am

    Oh how cute! You’re going to miss those puppy dog eyes.
    Have a great time and much success at the Summit.

  • Stephanie Norton August 11, 2010, 10:51 am

    Will you come cook for me? Not like your busy at all! Haha j/k You always have the best looking meals!!!

    Good luck in Chicago with the Summit! 🙂

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) August 11, 2010, 11:01 am

    When did you add the banana to the mix? Did you stir it in while the quinoa was cooking? Looks good!

    Can’t wait to see you on Friday!

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 11:10 am

      At the very end but in the pot so it would melt.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 11, 2010, 11:04 am

    i can’t wait for hot breakfasts in the fall! yours looks SO GOOD!

  • Rachel August 11, 2010, 11:11 am

    The pictures of Maggie make my DAY!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 11, 2010, 11:14 am

    Mmmm, that quinoa breakfast bowl looks almost as delicous as a bowl of traditional oats. I must try it!

    PS: Your dog is too cute.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat August 11, 2010, 11:28 am

    Hehe, awesome that you put almond butter on the quinoa! I remember the days when you used to not like the idea of warm nut butters 🙂

  • Jo @ SeekingHealthyBalance August 11, 2010, 11:34 am

    I’ve never tried quinoa and would never have thought of it for brekkie (or sweet!)

  • Kelly August 11, 2010, 11:37 am

    Haha Maggie is adorable. Anyone who would pretend to be a running ninja is fine by me as well

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 11, 2010, 11:39 am

    What a cute pup! Looking forward to the recap on the HLS 🙂
    Have a great day!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 11, 2010, 11:44 am

    HLS is getting so close! Can’t wait until tomorrow!

  • Amber K August 11, 2010, 11:56 am

    Running ninja = awesome!

  • Laurel August 11, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I had some leftover quinoa from dinner last night and just totally copied your breakfast. It was delish! Thanks for the idea.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 11, 2010, 12:04 pm

    I really need to get to making some quinoa. I have had a box in my pantry all summer and have not touched it! I think I’ll probably put it with the tofu that your other post made me need to make, haha.

  • Lisa August 11, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Cool looking bowls! Where did you get them? IKEA?

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 1:34 pm


  • Stacey August 11, 2010, 12:30 pm

    I never would have thought of having quinoa cold and sweet. It sounds good though.

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well August 11, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Nothing like a cute animal face to start the morning off right! Hope today is less stressful for you HLS organizers! Enjoy your run. 🙂

  • Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 11, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Your breakfast looks really appetizing. I never thought of having quinoa for breakfast!

  • christina cadden August 11, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Love the photos! Have fun!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 11, 2010, 2:05 pm

    lol. running ninja! How fun to have your best friend come visit! I wish I could go to HLS. I hear Blogher is coming to my town next year, so I plan to make an appearance. Woot!!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 11, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Cute pup pic!!

    Have fun!!

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) August 11, 2010, 2:32 pm

    i really need to give quinoa a try as a b-fast food… i love the texture, but just haven’t found the right way to enjoy it…perhaps this is it. =0)

  • Laurie August 11, 2010, 2:40 pm

    I have to tell you, I keep telling everyone about your book. Call me your Publicist in Northern VA.
    Anyhow, I was telling a client (I’m a therapist) about it yesterday who was doing “fat talk” during her session and in my head I was about to say “a friend of mine wrote this book”….and I smiled to myself. I feel like you are a friend!

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 2:49 pm

      <3 thank you so much!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 11, 2010, 4:53 pm

    Aww your boss lady gives me the same look mine does first thing in the morning. The “who do you think you are…but I love you” look 🙂

  • Lisa August 11, 2010, 6:39 pm

    Operation Beautiful seems to have made it to Portland, oregon. I posted a picture I saw on my blog! 😉

  • Pure2raw twins August 11, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Maggie is so cute! Hope you guys had a great time tonight!

    Quinoa is one of our favorite grains too!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 11, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Maggie is just the CUTEST! Off.the.charts. I have YET to try quinoa…I keep meaning to. The almond butter on top makes it look extra-tasty 🙂

  • Maureen @ Notes on a Visual Life August 12, 2010, 2:20 am

    Maggie rocks my socks. I want a little clone of her! This is completely random but I came across the link on a friend’s FB page and thought I’d share. My heart sunk a little after watching this and reading the article so I think I need to counter it with a little OB.

    • caitlin August 12, 2010, 8:04 am

      I would say that’s totally a marketing stunt…. ugh!

  • Jac August 12, 2010, 3:51 am

    what a great twist! quinoa! and your dog, is SO CUTE! CUTER Than mine, dare i say!

  • Heather August 12, 2010, 10:07 pm

    your pup looks so evil in the second pic haha!

  • Dominique August 17, 2010, 8:01 pm

    The BF and I saw a couple of Dachshund puppies at the local pet store over the weekend. They were grey/black (dappled?) and oh so cute! I tried convincing him to buy me one…or two…or the husky puppy but it was a no-go since we have cats.

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