My potato chip obsession has turned into a nachos obsession.  SO GOOD.


This is my favorite nacho combination, so I thought I’d share!


Blue corn chips



Black beans (drained and rinsed)

Scrambled tofu

Shredded cheese


You can go a bit easier on the shredded cheese when you’re also using hummus – the hummus adds to that creamy, ooey, gooey awesomeness that you expect from nachos.


The secret is spreading the nachos out before adding the toppings.  Dry chips at the bottom of a pile of nachos are seriously THE WORST.




Happy Operation Beautiful Day!

I started Operation Beautiful by writing a simple, positive message on a scrap of paper and leaving it on a public bathroom mirror.  Five years later, I’ve received about 20,000 notes written by people all over the world – and I’d guess that hundreds of thousands of notes have been posted.


Yesterday, I spoke at a local elementary school about the movement.  The group was both guys and girls, and they all seemed to love the concept.  Before I left the school, I popped my head into the bathroom and saw THIS!


The girls went nuts posting notes almost immediately.  One of the boys told me that he was trying to ‘catch up’ in the boys’ bathroom!

To celebrate our movement of kindness and hope, I declared Valentine’s Day is International Operation Beautiful Day.  Seemed like a good day to spread the love!


We encourage you to JOIN US as we cover the world in positive thoughts!  Post an Operation Beautiful note THIS Friday (Valentine’s Day) and share your notes our on Facebook or Twitter pages.  Use the hashtags #operationbeautiful and #ILoveMe.


Join our Facebook Event, too!

To celebrate International Operation Beautiful Day, we’re giving away a PRIZE PACK of the Operation Beautiful: One Note at a Time book for girls.  This prize pack is perfect for teachers, youth group leaders, coaches, or any adult who works with a group of young girls (ideally age 8 – 14 years old).  Fellow Girls on the Run coaches – this is for YOU!  This book pack would also be an amazing prize for a group of girls who want to form an Operation Beautiful club at their school!


To enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends on Friday at noon.  If you’re curious, you can read a preview chapter of my girls’ book right here.

Two questions:  What is your favorite nacho topping?  And what is your favorite holiday?



  • Maggie February 11, 2014, 8:06 am

    I am not afraid of what others think of my style. It describes me perfectly, but it’s not the “cool” look and I am perfectly ok with that 🙂

    • Caitlin February 11, 2014, 9:31 am

      Be sure to enter using the raffle copter widget in the post!

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health February 11, 2014, 10:10 am

    My favorite nacho topping is hands-down guacamole! And my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, because I feel it’s the one holiday celebrated nation-wide with people of all different backgrounds and cultures 🙂 I love that.

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change February 11, 2014, 10:17 am

    I love this! I can’t wait for Friday now! I am going to post a bunch in the bathroom at work!
    I love a fried egg on my nachos and Christmas!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork February 11, 2014, 12:32 pm

    I would never think to put hummus on nachos! That sounds so yummy! Nachos are all about the cheese to me. I could eat “nachos” with just the chips and cheese!

    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Delicious food, fun times with family, and no pressure for gift-giving!

  • Catherine February 11, 2014, 6:36 pm

    You are an inspiration to me in so many ways! I’ve been a lurking follower of your blogs for a couple years. I am a first year fifth grade teacher, and my students (boys and girls) would benefit from this book so much, both my current students and all those I have in the future. Thank you for the wonderful work you do!

  • Eliza February 11, 2014, 6:40 pm

    I read this post this morning, and just now as I was trying to scrounge for a delicious but healthy dinner in my empty to kitchen–it occurred to me–I don’t have chips, but I do have parsnips. I’m roasted some parsnip fries in the oven right now, to soon be topped with black beans, hummus, salsa, and cheese. The best of your two posts!

  • Karlee February 11, 2014, 7:32 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that my cousin in law’s son was at your presentation I believe. He posted a note on his dad’s mirror, “your going to have a great day, your tuff, your smart, you can do anything you put your heart to”. How sweet is that!!!!

  • Cate February 11, 2014, 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the special giveaway. As a teacher, I appreciate the positive messages that Operation Beautiful inspires.

  • Amelia February 11, 2014, 9:33 pm

    I must have guacamole and jalapeños! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I look forward to it every year.

    Btw, is that real cheese on your nachos or vegan cheese? 🙂

    • Caitlin February 12, 2014, 8:11 am

      REAL! I have never found a well-melting vegan cheese.

  • Kathy February 11, 2014, 10:40 pm

    Favourite nacho topping (after cheese of course) is jalapeños and favourite holiday is Christmas..although I’ve never actually combined the two! Your lunch has made me crave parsnips now!

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