From the Heights to Harlem

Is there anything better than a sunny Saturday morning? I started mine off with a HUGE bowl of yogurt goodness

  • sliced banana
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt (whole foods brand)
  • 1 cup Heritage Grains cereal
  • 1 Tbs PB2 (mixed in the yogurt)
  • dollop of almond butter, dollop of peach jam

This bowl had a lot of volume and made me feel quite full!

Saturday breakfast

Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided to walk to Target and back (about 3 miles round trip). I went with the intention of only getting a new Swiffer vacuum, but of course, you can never leave Target with just one thing! I picked up a cute pair of black capris and then stopped at Starbucks for a mocha Frappuccino (lite). I used to drink these wayyyy too often, but now that I limit myself to every once in awhile, I think I enjoy them more. The icy cold drink was perfect for the warm, sunny weather.

My frapp and reusable bags 🙂Frappuccino

I stopped at the Farmer’s Market on the walk back and picked up a ginormous zucchini and a bunch of basil.

Basil and zucchini

My stomach was feeling a tiny bit hungry, so I snacked on some Trader Joe’s trail mix – almonds, peanuts, dried raspberries, and dark chocolate chips. Yum!

trail mix

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but my doc doesn’t want me to run until I see him again (on August 6!!). I’m really trying to be a good patient and listen to him this time. Spinning, long walks, and easy elliptical are OK, but I shouldn’t run. I hope by announcing it on my blog, I’ll be more likely to follow through 🙂 I didn’t feel like going to the gym on such a nice day and since I had dinner plans with Alma, I decided to walk to her place! If you’re unfamilar with the layout of Manhattan, the island is long and skinny (about 13 miles long, 2 miles wide). I live in Washington Heights/Inwood (very top) and Alma lives in the southern part of Harlem (middle-ish). It was about a 5 mile walk and took me 1 hour, 40 minutes. It was surprisingly pleasant! I enjoyed the nice weather and chatted on the phone with Hannah (miss you!). When I arrived at Alma’s, she greeted me with a cold, juicy nectarine. Perfect! I didn’t take a photo, but here’s a stand-in image 🙂


Alma and I decided to make a chicken-pasta-sauce dish roughly based on Jenna’s shrimp scampi. However, we improvised A LOT and our end result was quite different. It tasted pretty amazing though. Perhaps we should copyright this recipe? 🙂

Alma and Megan’s Mediterranean Chicken Scampi


  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Tb Spanish olive oil
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes (ours had jalepenos added)
  • Glug of red wine (we used a Spanish Tempranillo)
  • 1 1/2 large chicken breasts, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 roasted red peppers, chopped
  • ~10 pitted green olives, halved
  • 1 sprig of fresh basil, leaves chopped
  • 1/2 box whole grain spaghetti or angel hair (we used Barilla plus)
  • big handful of feta cheese
  • cracked black pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute garlic until soft
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add dry spaghetti, and cook pasta until al dente
  • Pour diced tomatoes (do not drain) and wine into skillet, allow to cook for a few minutes
  • Add chicken, red pepper, olives, and lemon juice to skillet
  • Cook everything in skillet over medium-high heat until chicken is cooked through
  • A few minutes before the chicken/sauce is finished, add the basil, feta, and cracked black pepper
  • Serve over pasta and add some extra feta on top! Enjoy with wine 🙂



Barilla plus pasta

Megan and Alma's creation



This dish was really yummy AND it’s great pre or post run fuel. You’re getting protein from the chicken, complex carbs from the pasta, tons of veggies, heart healthy garlic, wine, and olive oil, and a bit of salt from the feta. Don’t forget – runners need more sodium in the summer months due to the warmer temps and sweatier runs! The only thing we would change next time is the wine. The high alcohol content of the Tempranillo didn’t really pair well with the lemon and tomatoes in our dish. Too acidic?

I left Alma’s and walked to the subway around 9pm – I think this extra bit of walking brings my total to about 9 miles of walking today! Yikes, my legs are definitely feeling a bit tired. When I returned to my apartment, I did some much needed cleaning and of course had to end the night with some mint chocolate chip ice cream. Mmm…

ice cream, of course

I got in bed around midnight and dozed off fairly quickly. However, about 30 minutes later I woke up super hungry! I guess it was all the walking I did today – I needed a snack ASAP or I wasn’t going to be able to fall asleep. I decided on a peanut butter & jelly Clif Mojo bar that I’ve had in my stash for awhile. This bar was really delicious! Almonds and peanuts were mixed together with a fruit flavored jelly and the whole bar was dipped in a vanilla yogurt coating. My only complaint? It was quite small! Luckily the satiating nuts quelled my hunger and I was able to sleep for a solid 9 hours. Yay!

Clif Mojo

  • That’s weird I feel like the Mojo bars I’ve tried are pretty large (and delicious!)

    It’s always a hard thing to get told not to run (I took 6 whole weeks off during the middle of my marathon training a couple years ago, talk about frustrating!) but I’ve found spinning to be a great substitute – it’s the only way I can work up a good sweat as much (usually more!) than by running!

  • That pasta looks fantastic! Tempranillo is my favorite wine. Too bad it didn’t pare well with the other ingredients. I’m sure it was great on the side though!

  • roseyrebecca

    Your chicken scampi looks amazing!! Yay for walking!!

    I bought a humongous zucchini at the Farmer’s Market yesterday too!!

  • You live around Inwood?? How cool, I love it up there! Inwood Park hosts the best raspberry bushes;) I attend Columbia, so I kinda near your hood.

    I’m the same way about frappucinos. I was trying to cut back but now that they have the whole “two dollar fraps after 2PM” deal, it’s quite difficult!

    That shrimp scampi looks great, I’m definitely going to give it a try!!!

  • Katie

    Pshaw, you can rock time off until August 6th. Think long-term awesomeness over short-term pain. Plus, more time for by-donation yoga. And if you ever want to try a spin class at David Barton Gym, let me know – I have guest passes. 🙂

  • 9 hours sleep sounds absolutely dreamy!! I love all your walking around Manhattan (I’m also totally jealous you live there!!) It’s such a good alternative exercise and doesn’t even feel like you’re exercising! You still burn major calories though since you’re still lugging the same amount of bodyweight over whatever distance you would be running. Hooray!

  • I love your whole Sunday!

    I love your walk to Target and Starbucks… those are 3 of my favorite things 🙂

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