Indian Summer

The recent weather in NYC has been unbelievably sunny and warm (remind me of this in a few months…). After the usual 1/2 decaf coffee yesterday morning, I set off to Central Park for a sunny, Autumnal 4 mile run. Considering Sunday’s 12 miler, my legs felt surprisingly OK. Yay! I made sure to stretch and foam roll afterwards – I want to keep them feelin’ good.

Breakfast was plain Oikos greek yogurt with PB2 and a chopped apple mixed in. And then I crumbled an Honest Foods granola plank on top. The maple nut flavor was really good! It had a consistency similar to Kashi Go Lean Crunch – very crunchy. The granola plank was rather caloric, but packed with nutrition – (380 cals, 12 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, 600 mg omega 3’s). It kept me full until after 2pm!

Oikos and granola plank

Honest Foods Granola Plank

Lunch was from the salad bar. It was Monday – I needed something exciting!

  • arugula, shredded carrots, red onion, mushrooms
  • roasted acorn squash
  • wild rice stuffing
  • bit of potato salad
  • pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, feta cheese
  • Tbs balsamic vinaigrette


And then the afternoon snackeroos – decaf cappuccino and chocolate vita muffin


vita top

Around 4pm, the work really started to pile up and I knew it was going to be a late night in the office. Luckily, I had prepared and brought along a whole arsenal of healthy snacks for the week. When I’ve been sitting at my desk for hours on end and my stress levels are high, it’s so tempting to reach for candy (we have M&M dispensors in the pantry!), so that’s why I plan ahead. I know I’ll feel much better if I have a piece of fruit or something with a little protein & fiber.

Around 8pm, I broke into the almonds and they helped me power through the rest of my work.

Healthy Snacks

I took a car home from the office (that’s one benefit of overtime!), but since I never drive anymore (subway and walking only for this lady) I actually got a little car sick. It was kind of funny in retrospect…

I had a coke zero to settle my stomach and some leftover pumpkin risotto with spinach and a dollop of greek yogurt for a late din-din.

pumpkin risotto

Dessert was a white chocolate pumpkin cookie while I worked on some exciting blog updates – to be announced SOON! And then I attempted to get some zzzzz’s….

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Unfortunately I was too wired (coke zero, damn you) to fall asleep easily and I tossed and turned for quite a bit.  At some point I realized I was hungry and in need of a snack. I stumbled to the kitchen and munched on a clif bar. That seemed to do the trick – I was finally able to get to sleep! Lessons learned: don’t drink caffeine after 9pm and always have a snack at the ready!

clif bar

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What healthy snacks do you keep at your desk? Fruit, nuts, and vita muffins are my go-to choices!


Happy Halloween!

This has got to have been the.longest.week.ever. Thank Goodness It’s Friday!


Friday started off with the usual coffee (1/2 decaf), lots of emails, and a baked apple with vanilla oikos greek yogurt.

baked apple and oikos

Mid-morning snack: Kashi crunchy pumpkin spice granola bar (‘Tis the season for pumpkin after all!)


I was workin’ like a mad woman trying to get through my to-do list and by the time I looked at the clock, it was already noon. I debated staying put and finishing up a project, but I knew I’d feel better if I got my blood flowing a bit. I hurried to the gym and made it in time for a “spooky cycling” class at 12:15pm. It was awesome! We listened to “The Monster Mash”, “Thriller”, and the theme song from “Ghost Busters” as we pedaled away. I love going to this instructor’s class because i.have.a.huge.crush.on.him.too.bad.he.likes.boys he always plays the best music!

After spin class, I popped into the cafeteria for a salad.


This yummy jumble of flavors included:

  • arugula, mixed greens, carrots, onions, mushrooms
  • feta cheese, cranberries, pumpkin seeds
  • piece of sweet potato
  • spoonful of rice & beans
  • spoonful of pinto bean salad
  • brussel sprouts + roasted apples

And then some salt & pepper popchips (addiction).

pop chips

Even though it was the day before Halloween, my office was seriously lacking in candy, so I ventured to Duane Reade in search of something sweet. I debated getting some candy corn, but instead decided on a box of kudos. I think the last time I had one of these was in the mid-90’s, but it was surprisingly good! I tried the chocolate chip variety (100 cals, 3.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber) and it satisfied my sweet tooth while being a little bit healthier than candy. At least it’s made with whole grains :-)

kudos bar

I chugged water all afternoon in preparation for hot yoga with Agnes and by 6pm I was ready to do some warrior poses in 95 degree+ heat. Really, it’s fun. However, tonight’s class was just so-so. The instructor wasn’t my favorite (I never like the ones that make us do bicycle crunches…), but in the end I’m glad I went!

After I convinced everyone in my subway car that I was a bum (sweaty mess), I arrived home with a mission: quickest dinner ever!

I heated up an Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Tamale dinner and while it does NOT look pretty, it certainly tasted good!

My photo:

Amy's Tamale

Amy’s photo:

Amy's Kitchen

Umm, Amy wins.

And for dessert – 2% Fage greek yogurt with PB2 and tart cherries mixed in.


Ok, that’s it for tonight. Hannah will be arriving via Bolt Bus from Boston any moment! And I haven’t showered yet. Need to hop to it.

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Running Shorts

Before I get down to business and chat about my running and foodie adventures, I have some exciting news! Matt (NoMeatAthlete) and I are the newest contributors for the online news network True/Slant. The focus of our column will be on all things running: gear, races, nutrition, athletes in the news, etc. We’re still figuring out the direction for Running Shorts, but we’re open to suggestions. Check out our inaugural post and let us know what you’d like to read about!

I totally had a case of the Mondays yesterday, boo. But I did begin the day with a 3-mile run with Alma. That helped get the week off to a good start!

Breakfast was a cappuccino and overnight oats. The overnight oats won’t be winning any beauty contests, but they were filling and yum!

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup Fage 0% greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • sliced banana
  • handful of cranberries
  • LOTS of cinnamon

overnight oats

The options for a bag-lunch were slim pickings (need to go to the grocery store…), so I hit up the salad bar at lunch time. I enjoyed this beauty outside in the sun (probably one of the last days I can eat lunch outside this Autumn!).


  • romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, red onion, mushrooms
  • stalk of baby bok choy
  • spoonful of white bean & artichoke salad
  • feta cheese, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, croutons
  • sample of a tostone and a spoonful of rice & beans
  • Tbs balsamic vinaigrette

And then some pop chips! They were handing out samples of these little 50-calorie bags near Columbus Circle last week. Score!


Dessert was a (surprise!) magic bar from a co-worker. Coconut, graham cracker, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, mmm. It’s a good thing the portion was small – these little babies could be dangerous!

magic bar

And then around 5pm, I poured myself a bowl of Heritage heirloom whole grain flakes with skim milk.

Heritage heirloom whole grain

I was feeling kind of bored/blah after I left the office, so I headed back to my gym for some easy elliptical. I pedaled away for about an hour while I read my newest book: The Nineteenth Wife

After some stretching, foam rolling, and showering (still having hot water problems at my apartment, ugh), I headed uptown.

My mission for dinner: Assemble something healthy and tasty with whatever ingredients I had on hand.

I heated up a black bean veggie burger and rolled it up in a whole wheat lavash wrap along with hummus, mozzarella cheese, hot sauce, and shredded carrot. It was surprisingly good!

whole wheat wrap

Dessert came from the fridge & freezer: a warm vita brownie topped with almond butter. Protein? Check. Fiber? Check. Vitamins? Check. Delicious? Absolutely!

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As I finished up Mad Men, Season 1, Disc 3,  my tum started to grumble. Solution? Wallaby vanilla bean yogurt! With a satisfied stomach and sleepy eyes, I set my alarm for an early wake-up call.


Ok, the sun needs to get its act together and start rising before I do. When the alarm beeped at 6:20am, it was still veryyy dark (and rainy!) outside. I dragged myself to the kitchen for coffee (half-decaf) and dried fruit and then set off for the gym.


I went to my favorite 45 minute spinning class (yay, 80’s music!) and then finished up with a increasing speed 4 mile run.

  • Mile 1 – 9:20
  • Mile 2 – 9:15
  • Mile 3 – 8:00
  • Mile 4 – 7:45
  • Total – 34:20

Breakfast at my desk was a decaf cappuccino (perfect after my rainy, chilly commute), a banana, strawberry chobani, and 1.5 cups of Kashi Honey Sunshine.

banana and cappuccino


The morning was a whirlwind and before I knew it, my stomach was MORE than ready for lunch. I just finished the very last of the leftover octoberfest veggie chili (wahoo!) and a cornbread vitatop. After this morning’s long gym session, I’m sure I’ll be needing a snack soon. 

Leftover chili

Can’t wait until tonight – I have a yummy dinner recipe in the works. Stay tuned!

Who knew pumpkin seeds were so healthy? 85 seeds contain 126 calories, 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, Omega-3’s, and zinc. Now if we could only make them taste like candy corn…

Tempo on the Treadmill

Wednesday started off with a cup of coffee (again half regular, half decaf) and a banana. I was feeling energetic, so I bounded out the door for an easy 3-mile run. The weather outside was beautiful, yay for wearing just a t-shirt and shorts!

Quick breakfast

Breakfast at my desk was a pomegranate chobani greek yogurt and 2 servings (at least!) of Kashi honey sunshine. This was the first time I’d tried the pomegranate flavor and I really liked it – you could actually see and taste the pomegranate seeds. No fake flavors here.

Honey Sunshine and Chobani

Mid morning snack was a (decaf) cappuccino and an adora chocolate calcium supplement.


In my rush to get out the door this morning, I forgot to bring leftover chili for lunch. Doh! So I had to buy a salad from the cafeteria. I wasn’t too upset :-)


  • romaine lettuce, mushrooms, sliced red onion
  • honey roasted sweet potatoes
  • dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, feta cheese
  • bit of wild rice salad
  • Tbs balsamic vinaigrette and some croutons

And for dessert – something new by JELL-O. My mom gave me a few of these 60 calorie caramel mousse cups and I was a bit skeptical, but they’re actually pretty good.


Around 4pm I had a balance bar to prepare for my post-work gym visit. The mint cookie flavor tastes kind of like a thin mint!

Balance Bar

I stayed a little late at the office and then headed to the gym. My legs have been feeling strong, so I decided to do a sort of tempo run.

  • Miles 1 9:20 pace (warm-up)
  • Mile 2 9:20 pace (warm-up)
  • Mile 3 – 8:20 pace
  • Mile 4 – 7:55 pace
  • Mile 5 – 7:15 pace
  • Mile 6 – 9:15 pace (cool-down)
  • Mile 7 – 9:15 pace (cool-down)

Total: 7 miles in 1 hour, 54 seconds

I felt strong throughout – no problems from the hamstring or IT band (although my knee was feeling a little funky on the walk to the gym).

By the time I got home, I was HUNGRY. I re-heated a bowl of vegetarian chili and topped it with some mozzarella cheese.

Octoberfest chili

And then I warmed up a multi-bran vitatop and slathered it with pumpkin butter. Yum!

vitatop with pumpkin butter

My apartment is like 1,000 degrees so I drank a ton of water last night. Around 10pm, I curled up with my current book (just finished The Post Birthday World) and snacked on some milk and 2 Newman’s ginger cookies. I had already drunk most of the milk by the time I snapped this photo :-)

milk and cookies

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Question: What’s your favorite afternoon snack? I’m always looking for something new and exciting!

Daily Double

Monday morning started off with some decaf coffee. Eh, don’t think I’m ready to go sans caffeine just yet. I was dragging on my commute to work!

Breakfast was a strawberry chobani greek yogurt, chopped bosc pear, and an apple berry vita top smeared with a little peanut butter. I cropped my head out of this photo. Decaf Megan was not looking cute.

pear and chobani

vita top

After a few hours of work, I was ready for a fun snack: Clif z-bar Spooky S’mores flavor. I’ve had this flavor in the past and wasn’t super impressed, but I LOVED it this time. Tasted just like s’mores.


It was sunny, so around noon I went for a little walk. Nothin’ exciting to report, just stretched my legs a bit. And then it was time for LUNCH. I really need to go grocery shopping, so I bought my lunch instead of packing it. My salad contained lots of little tastes – I think I tried nearly everything on the salad bar! I especially loved the roasted purple potatoes :-)


I thought about buying some sunchips, but decided to have a few handfuls of Kashi Honey Sunshine instead. I keep this box in my desk drawer for snack attacks. It’s a healthier (and cheaper) alternative to chips.

kashi honey sunshine[source]

Later on in the afternoon, I was craving something s-w-e-e-t. I whipped up a cup of hot chocolate (using half skim milk, half water) and had a few dark chocolate bites along with it.

hot chocolate

I hit up the gym after work (hooray for finally getting good use out of my health club membership!). I started off with 50 minutes on the elliptical. To keep from getting too bored, I alternated speeds every few minutes. For example: I would pedal easily for 5 minutes, sprint for 2 minutes, and then slow back down again. I still had a lot of energy after my elliptical sesh, so I headed over to the treadmill and ran 4 miles in about 35 minutes. By the time I made it home and sat down to dinner, it was after 9pm. Where did the day go?!

I had already begun to devour my plate by the time I took this photo – I was HUNGRY!

Black bean veggie burger with laughing cow cheese, arugula salad with a dollop of hummus, and some quinoa with hot sauce. A little rando, but I think I hit most of the food groups!

veggie burger

Dessert was the last slice of caramel apple walnut pie. So good.

apple pie

And then a little while later I popped up some stove-top popcorn and sprinkled it with chili powder. I had plans to get up wayyy early on Tuesday (spin class!), so I wanted to be well fueled.

Chili Popcorn

And Tuesday morning was, indeed, an early one. I’m really loving the 7:15am cycling classes at my gym – I always feel so accomplished for the rest of the day!

I started off with some coffee (half decaf, half regular) and a few prunes. Yes, it’s a bold move, but I have a stomach of steele!


Spin class was fun, today we did a lot of out-of-the-saddle hill climbs. I like those! However, my cycling shorts are nearing HAZ-MAT status. I need to wash them ASAP. Laundry tonight!

I finished up my a.m. workout with 3 miles on the treadmill. Today’s run was very, very promising. For the last 10 months or so, I haven’t really been able to run on the treadmill because it seemed to excacerbate my hamstring injury. Yesterday’s 4-miler and today’s 3-miler felt (almost) perfect! I’m sure some of you are wondering why I’m doing all this doubling: spin class + running, elliptical + running, etc. Answer: I’ve found that by mixing cross-training and running, I’m able to get in high-volume training without aggravating my hamstring and IT band. Now that I’m feeling a little better, I’m trying to be very careful not to re-injure myself. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to near 100% running mileage, but until then, show me the spin bike!

Next up on my racing agenda: The 8-mile Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving Day

Breakfast was a lot more prunes, blueberry chobani greek yogurt (those 14 grams of protein were appreciated!) and a banana walnut vita top. I’d never had this particular flavor before and I really liked the little walnut pieces. Vita tops have pretty stellar nutritional stats, but sometimes the chocolate varieties taste a little…well, dry. I think the regular muffin flavors are better.


 And a decaf cappuccino because my office is freezing.


Around 12:30pm I put my jacket on to go for a walk (it’s 63 degrees and sunny!) and then I realized instead I needed to eat something right.this.second. Ok, stomach. You win. I heated up some leftover pumpkin macaroni and cheese (I swear you cannot taste the vegetable in this).

pumpkin mac and cheese

With a honey crisp apple and some straight-outta-the-box Kashi honey sunshine to fill me up.

honeycrisp apple

Ok, lunch time is over, back to work. Or in search of a diet coke. One of the two.

But tonight, I might make chili. Yay! Does anyone have advice for adding beer to chili? Do I just dump it in while it’s cooking? I have some Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest that I would like to use…

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Congratulations to Anne!

chocolate hazelnut chobani!! it would be like eating protein-packed nutella. a dream come true!

I loved her idea for nutella Chobani! Anne – send me an email ( with your mailing adress and I’ll make sure Chobani sends you the goods.

I’m not sure what time of year the weather thinks this is, but yesterday was absolutely ridiculous. It was 39 degrees with pouring rain and a nasty headwind when I left the office. Yikes. However, the promise of hot veggie pizza lured me downtown. I met a lovely blog reader (Hi Courtney!) for dinner at Viva Herbal Pizzeria. This place had a serious range of choices – everything from regular mozzarella & tomato to mushrooms, spinach, and hemp seed on spelt crust. I ended up choosing the Santa Cruz slice – spelt crust topped with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, mozzarella, and soy sausage. Yum! But Courtney got something that looked even better (I think I might need to return to Viva Herbal…) – her slice was topped with delicious greens, miso tofu, and pesto.

Viva Herbal


Once I made it home (my hands barely survived the walk/subway ride sans gloves!) I cuddled up under a blanket, popped in season 1 of Mad Men, and enjoyed another helping of my Maple-Cinnamon Apple Crisp. With a dollop of yogurt, of course! The greek yogurt is such a great sub for whipped cream – I can’t believe I didn’t discover it sooner.

Apple Crisp

I had a lot on my mind and did a lot of tossing and turning before I fell asleep last night.  Ugh, it was not fun waking up when my alarm went off.  Luckily, I made it to the office on time and celebrated Friday with some more apple crisp. I added some honey flavored Chobani to pump up the protein and staying power. I was skeptical of the honey flavor (I tried TJ’s greek yogurt with honey last weekend and was not a huge fan), but it really surprised me. The yogurt wasn’t too sweet – it actually reminded me of a subtle vanilla flavor. It paired perfectly with my cinnamon-y apples. Yum!

Apple Crisp and Chobani

Later on in the morning I snacked on a chocolate vita top. I was the lucky recipient of a whole BOX of these earlier in the week, yay! These healthy muffin tops and brownies each contain 100 calories, 5-6 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. They’re also packed with vitamins and don’t contain any weird artificial flavorings, colorings, or fake sugars. In fact the first 5 ingredients are: water, whole wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, egg whites, and cocoa.


This little snack held me over well and I managed to squeeze in a spin class during my lunch break. I have the biggest crush on the instructor. I want the instructor to be my best friend – he’s amazing! My favorite quote from class: “Halloween is coming up. Get your workout in. Otherwise you’ll look awful in that costume.” Haha, tough love. After 45 minutes of cycling and the fastest shower ever, I was back at my desk ready for LUNCH. Since it’s Friday and I was sooo good about packing my breakfast and lunch all week, I bought a salad from the cafeteria. Yay! I missed you, vegetables.


In the mix:

  • arugula and romaine lettuce
  • slice onion, shredded carrots, mushrooms
  • roasted acorn squash
  • kidney beans, white beans, black beans
  • wild rice & cranberry salad
  • feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

And a serving or so of sour cream & onion pop chips:


I had plans to meet Katie for hot yoga right after work, so in addition to tons of water, I snacked on a Kashi crunchy granola bar. Love these!

Kashi Crunchy

Yoga was good (and hot) – it’s been too long since I’ve been to one of these classes! However, since the weather is freezing outside, I had to bundle my sweaty self up with a bajillion layers.

Once I got home and showered, it was time for some dinner. I started off with some baby carrots and hummus as I prepared the main dish.

Carrots and hummus

After seeing Caitlin’s Eggs in a Hole, I knew I had to have some of my own! I used a glass to make a small hole in the bread, placed it in a lightly oiled frying pan, and then dropped the egg in the middle. After a few minutes, I flipped it over. I added a lil’ mozzarella cheese for good measure.

Egg in a hole

egg in a hole

Delish, but I was still hungry. Spinning class + hot yoga = feed me, feed me.

I heated up the last of my sunshine falafel burgers and topped it with some hummus and hot sauce on toast.

sunshine falafel burger

I did some stuff around the house (so.many.dishes.always) and then started off the weekend with some Hulu TV a delicious slice of pumpkin cheesecake. Yum!

pumpkin cheesecake

Ok, off the bed for me. I’ve gotten an early wake-up call tomorrow :-)

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Early Morning Spin Class

Yikes, this week has been crazy so far. I tried something new on Monday and ate breakfast at home (instead of at the office). It made for a very relaxed morning, but I’m usually too rushed to do this. I started off with the usual 1/2 cup of coffee and 2 slices of whole wheat toast topped with peanut butter, sliced banana, and a drizzle of honey.

PB & Banana

Since it was Monday (blah), I decided to treat myself to a cafeteria salad (will pack my lunch tomorrow!). It was delicious and I enjoyed it in the bright sunshine :-)


  • romaine, arugula, red onion, mushrooms, shredded carrots
  • roasted acorn and butternut squash
  • chickpeas
  • feta cheese
  • sprinkle of cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds
  • Tbs balsamic vinaigrette

And BBQ popchips!


Afternoon snack was a strawberry Stonyfield Farm yogurt with a serving of Newman’s honey wheat pretzels mixed in. Salty and sweet! And the Newman’s Own pretzels have 3g of fiber per serving, I approve.

Stonyfield Farm yogurt

I ended up leaving the office kind of late. I contemplated skipping the gym (legs still a little sore), but I thought some easy elliptical might relieve some of the day’s stress. After 30 easy minutes on the elliptical, my mind felt a little clearer and my muscles weren’t as tight. After running a few errands and doing a million dishes (yay, our hot water is back!), it was time for dinner. After I plated everything I realized how random it looks…will be more creative soon!

Sunshine falafel burger topped with spicy hummus and gouda, steamed spinach, a seed flat bread, and BRIE (!!).


I enjoyed a little GLEE  with gelato + cookie for dessert :-)

Cookies and gelato

I was up and at ’em early on Tuesday – I had plans for a 7:15am spinning class. As I waited for the 2/3 train (please ignore the dirty subway platform), I sipped some coffee and half of a lara bar. Umm, no photo of the lara bar because my hands were carrying about 8 different bags (lunch box, purse, gym bag, etc).

early morning subway commute

I made it to the gym in time for class and spinned away for 45 minutes – I was surprised at how much fun I had! Usually I get whiney about cross-training, but any class that starts with Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” and ends with Bon Jovi’s “Shot Through the Heart” just has to be a good time :-)

I finished up with 20 minutes on the elliptical (morning news watching!) and some stretching.

After my early morning workout, I was ready to devour breakfast – overnight pumpkin oatmeal!

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup Stonyfield plain oikos greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • splash of milk
  • 5 prunes & 5 chopped pecans
  • drizzle of maple syrup
  • A LOT of cinnamon (and a pinch of ginger & nutmeg)

pumpkin oatmeal

I was good  (aka economical) today and packed my lunch: an apple, two slices of Nature’s Pride whole wheat bread, spicy hummus, brie, gouda, and spinach. Simple, but yum.


Salt & Pepper pistachios for a snack:


Now I just have to make it through the rest of the afternoon – I have a press pass to a fun event this evening!


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