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Unhappy feet.

As a runner, I think I’m in good shape. But every time I go to NYC I’m reminded there’s a whole new meaning to the idea of being in shape!

fuscia dresses

(Fuschia dress courtesy of Gap… on sale! Orange bag courtesy of Organic Avenue. Who needs a $150 Coach bag when you can use a free shopping bag instead?)

Why anyone in the city would set foot inside a gym, I’ll never know. Just walking from place to place is a workout in itself. One such day of walking landed us at Yorganic, which is Jess’s favorite healthy spot to eat. The café, located in the Financial District, serves sandwiches, soups, breakfasts, snacks, and bowl meals. It’s takeout only, so we walked our lunches over to Whole Foods, conveniently right across the street.

vegan soba bowl

I ordered a customized “Bliss Bowl” with broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, and zucchini (all sautéed in sesame oil) over soba noodles. It came with a choice of dressings, and I chose lemongrass ginger.

After lunch, we walked to the South Street Seaport. But we soon came right back, because…


Frozen yogurt!

The first spoonful startled me; it was tart instead of sweet. But after the initial surprise, I really enjoyed the flavor, which reminded me of those drinkable yogurt smoothies I used to like as a kid.

Jess (who got the non-vegan frozen yogurt) tried mine and said it tasted exactly like Pinkberry!

soy frozen yogurt

Upon arriving home, I tried to re-create that delightfully-tart frozen yogurt. In the end I did come up with a recipe, which I’ll post next week (as soon as I can take photos).

Question of the Day:

In your everyday life, do you walk a lot?

I definitely walked much more when I was in college. My city isn’t really a walking city, so the amount of walking I do now mainly consists of shopping (does that even count?) and taking my dogs out every day.

Link of the Day:

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Raspberry Breakfast Muffins


Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Nikki says:

    Right now I live in America but I was born in Europe, and I can tell you right now, that Europeans walk SO much more. When I first came to the states I was shocked to see people driving to their mailboxes and fighting for a parking spot near the front! It is ridiculous, really! Now, I make it a point to ‘get moving’ more and walk everywhere I can.

  2. Christy says:

    Oh how I love New York if not merely for the ability to walk everywhere! My husband and I never even rented a car when we were there for two weeks. I swear I was in the best shape ever after that trip. I don’t walk nearly enough at home because we don’t live in a real walker friendly town. I walk to shop as you mentioned and I walk my dog. Other than that I drive to the gym to work out blah!!

  3. When I was in NYC we walked about 10 miles a day! I looked at it as a way to eat whatever I wanted while I was there. It worked – I didn’t gain an ounce!

  4. I walk around a lot now, especially with the price of gas not going down much. And since I’m practically surrounded by stores, I can just walk to get anything I need. :)

  5. Olivia says:

    I just started high school last Monday, and and OH MY GOODNESS is it a lot of walking and rushing around. I also have to carry around all of my folders and 4 big textbooks in a bookbag, so school feels like a workout in itself!

  6. Nina says:

    I actually don’t drive so I need to walk or bike most places. My dog also likes big walks so I am doing a lot of walking between errands, meeting clients, and taking her out. My husband drives but for local errands we walk. Traffic on the weekends is crazy so it’s quicker to walk anyway.

    I love the raw everything bagels from Organic Avenue. Any chance you could figure out how to make those? :)

    1. Unfortunately, I didn’t see those so I have no idea what they taste/look like :(

  7. Pink berry frozen yogurt? I’ve never heard of that. Sounds yummy, though! I can’t wait for the recipe.

    I don’t live in much of a walking city either. I try to walk 5 days a week so I have some form of exercise.

  8. Yum!! Looking forward to your recipe. I moved to Boston a little less than a year ago.. sold my car and I walk everywhere.. I have lost 100 lbs without setting foot in the gym or changing my eating habits!

  9. Haha I learned to walk a lot when I went to school in Charleston, SC without a car! When I first got there I was so exhausted walking around, but I got used to it really quickly! Now I’m in Chicago without a car and a half mile to the grocery store or gym seems like absolutely nothing! I walk quite a bit every day!

  10. vogelstar says:

    In Japan we walked everywhere and it all seemed to be uphill for some reason. We came home with legs of steel

  11. Unfortunately, my city isn’t a walking city either, but I do walk my dog every morning in my neighborhood. I would love to live in a city, like NYC, that I could walk to work, to the store, to the nearest yogurt place! 😉

  12. I walk a LOT. The school run is 6 miles each day, 50% of which is up a steep hill and I usually have three children in a double pushchair :)

    Your recipe sounds great, I can’t wait!

  13. I live in a state with very little public transportation, so pretty much everywhere I go has to be a commute. :(

    I do, however, get a chance to walk a lot more at my college where a number of tasty restaurants are within walking distance and, since it’s an urban area, parking spaces are few and far between.

  14. Kelsey says:

    Yum! Can’t wait for that froyo recipe!!

  15. Liz says:

    I love your dress! Wish they would make vegan Pinkberry for real. Pinkberry, if you’re reading this, please make a dairy free option for all of us out there who don’t eat dairy!

  16. Julie says:

    I definitely walk a lot ! I love walking ! And since I’m in the US, I can’t stop doing it as I don’t have any car… Plus I started running in the morning, which is great ! I’m surrounded by a huge forest !

    I would have loved to try your vegan ice-cream yoghurt when I was in NYC. Let me know in advance next time you go there in order to catch up !!



  17. Melissa says:

    I do stairs a lot – our only bathroom is upstairs, and I carry my toddler up and down the stairs a couple times every day. This weekend I got a huge stair workout! I was in a friend’s wedding and everything in the church involved stairs! The “bride room” was up almost two flights of stairs, the reception hall involved going up almost a flight, and the child care room was down about half a flight. Being the MOH I did a lot of running back and forth for the bride, and being a mom I did a lot of hauling around my baby and toddler. My legs are SORE! LOL

  18. I try to walk where I can when I can. We live near my daughter’s elementary school so instead of driving to drop her and pick her up, we walk. It isn’t always fun in this 100+ degree Texas heat but hey, I will take it over the super cold.

  19. Karen says:

    It depends… when I’m in grad school I spend a ton of time walking across campus, but this summer I’ve been working at an office job and barely walking at all! I make sure to get a workout in every day, but it’s not the same! I hate having to sit for 8 hours a day :(

  20. Sarah L says:

    I *think* I walk semi much normally, and I’ll probably walk stairs more now since I’m moving in on the 7th floor and running up the stairs takes just as long to wait for the lift. I’ve always had very active jobs though, so I’ve moved a lot this summer, and then added running on top!

    I’ve never heard of pinkberries. Sounds… pink?

  21. laura says:

    I have a chronic disease, so I don’t exercise Mich. I do walk my dogs sometimes, but I pass out if I go on too long a walk.

  22. Joanna says:

    I walk tons; I’m a college student. 😉

  23. Crafty lil vegan says:

    When I was at Uni, I walked Everywhere! I always seemed to live up a hill, so walking home after class was always a workout! Now though.. I work at home, where I spend most of my time sat painting! I seriously need to get more walking scheduled into my week – the most I get now is a daily trip to the post office, which isn’t that far away!
    This looks lovely! I’m not a fan of sweet icecreams, so this sounds like it will be more my kind of treat!

  24. I live in Paris and I walk everrrywhere. I sometimes worry what would happen to me if I were to move.

  25. Jessi says:

    Live in Brussels and that’s one of the things I love about it. I walk everywhere! We use the car like once a week. It’s so destressing.

  26. As a New Yorker who works in a hospital, I walk a ton. I love it, but there are definitely days I get into bed and my whole body just, like, sighs.

  27. Kelly Michele says:

    i cannot wait for this recipe! there are hardly any frozen yogurt stores that have non-dairy options! :)

  28. I wish I walked more! LA is not so much a walking place. I think I’m one of the only people I know here who will park farther away(if it’s daytime and I’m in a safe area) than I need to. People here get cranky if they have to go more than half a block which is silly considering how great the weather is!

  29. oh my gosh i’m going to have to try yorganics when i move back on wednesday! thanks for the heads up! :)

  30. Rachele says:

    Yay! So excited that you’re sharing a froyo recipe that tastes like pinkberry. We no longer live near one and miss it terribly. Thank you, Katie!!! (thank you for sharing all your delicious recipes!)

  31. sunidhi says:

    Hi, your muffin looks very yummy. Texture is very nice. u have decorated it very good. great post. i will try it. thanks for this post

  32. I LOVE Pinkberry. It’s my favorite of all of the fro-yo chains, by far! And that’s so awesome that they have Vegan now!
    There’s a self-serve fro-yo place by my house called Tutti Frutti that has vegan soy fro-yo and I was really skeptical at first (because I don’t like soy ice cream)- but it is FANTASTIC. In fact, I think it’s better than the dairy version! The peanut butter is AMAZING.

  33. Suzanne says:

    I lived in NYC for 10 years where walking is definitely part of the daily workout. I don’t walk as much now (although I am a fitness runner) because my town is a driving one. I hope you enjoyed your trip!

  34. Lisa says:

    Katie, you’re super tiny so how the heck do you fit in the Gap? I’m a small size and can’t fit in Gap dresses at all. Do you get it taken it? If so, where would you recommend?

    1. I guess it depends on the dress. Sometimes their stuff fits me :).

  35. I don’t walk as much as I should, but if I’m home and I want Starbucks or I need something at the store I will walk there. No sense in wasting gas and it’s good exercise, especially if I’m carrying something.

  36. brianna says:

    I walk as a method of transportation. I don’t have a car or use of a car so it’s my only choice. It’s hard in Vegas when the weather is so hot but I make do.

  37. I love that Gap dress! I don’t walk as much as I’d like to since I work from home…if I want to walk I have to go out of my way to actually go on a walk. I try to do that often!

  38. Nicole says:

    I walk everywhere during the week – work, gym, bank, library, etc. I do feel lucky to be able to walk to/from work – even in snowstorms!

  39. Margesella says:

    You eat at THE best places. I wish we had some vegan frozen dessert shops around here, and I am in northern California! That yogurt looks like the bomb. NYC seems to be pretty hip with the vegan stuff!

    I don’t walk much, especially if I don’t work out!!

  40. IC says:

    I love Yorganic and frequent it enough that the guys there know me by name. They have this 9 calorie fro-yo (not vegan but all natural without all the added sugar) that is to die for. I told them that you posted this blog and they were overly flattered.

    I remember when I first moved to NYC I ended each day with throbbing feet and heavy legs. Eventually you just get used to it and spending an entire day walking, after a morning run, ends up being “normal” … until you visit another state/city where the locals put you in check (you mean it’s not normal to walk a mile to go to the grocery store and carry the 50 lbs worth of veggies and fruits back??) 😉

    1. Can you tell them to open a shop in Dallas? I miss it ;).

      1. IC says:

        I did tell them (because I go there often enough). They were super flattered and wanted to link this blog post to their FB page.

        Any chance you will develop a raw chocolate recipe? I am addicted to cacao and coconut chunky bonbon by Fine & Raw chocolate. So amazing… and limited ingredients.

        1. See my recipe for Three-Ingredient Chocolate Bars ;).

  41. CD says:

    did you post your recipe yet? I can’t see it and my mouth is a-watering!

    1. I actually might post it tomorrow! :)
      Not sure yet, but definitely before mid-October!

      1. cd says:

        I will try and control the drool until then, thanks Katie x

  42. Kelly says:

    I saw the nutrition facts for this when I searched ‘vegan pinkberry’ but didn’t see a recipe. Is it posted anywhere? My husband LOVES Pinkberry! We have driven 35 minutes across Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) just to get Pinkberry from the big mall here. If I could make it at home and a little healthier that would be great! Thanks for all of your recipes! I make them VERY often! This is my go-to website for healthy treats!

  43. Kelly says:

    Nevermind! Found it! :)

  44. Natalie says:

    I walk all the time, but I run anywhere I can. Since I’m not too good at running for long distances, I just sprint wherever I want to go. People look at me like I’m strange, probably because I always look like I’m dangerously late for something, I don’t care. It’s MY legs that are getting toned! :-p