Apple Cinnamon Love + News!

by Sara on January 25, 2012

Happy Wednesday!

I set aside time to write this post yesterday morning, but then something totally unexpected happened that prevented me from doing so.

It’s really not an elaborate story, but I’m going to share it anyways because it explains why I’m posting today–two days later than I’d promised. (Sorry!)

But maybe I’m not sorry, because the end result benefited my belly.

And it might benefit yours too! :-)

Anyways, yesterday I hit the snooze button one too many times, and rolled out of bed much later than I’d hoped, which, let’s be honest, wasn’t totally unexpected. (It happens….A lot. πŸ˜‰ )

After completing a three-minute plyometrics routine (the best way to wake up in the morning!), I realized I was craving a carton of Apple Cinnamon Chobani yogurt. (Again, not totally unexpected.)

Instagram documentation of my first apple cinnamon Chobani discovery in Target

Once in the kitchen, I ravaged through the fridge for that carton of yogurt, only to find a solo carton of 0% Plain staring back at me.

Totally, totally unexpected.

I could have sworn that I had one more container of apple cinnamon in there!

Don’t get my wrong, I love my plain yogurt–in fact I usually prefer it–but I totally wanted apple cinnamon at that moment.

What to do? What to do?

As it turned out, an apple cinnamon pancake—topped with that 0% plain yogurt— was the perfect answer to my dilemma. It’s definitely rivaling the protein pancakes I raved about in my last post!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut ‘Cake’

1/2Β  apple (about 3 oz)
2 Tablespoons Coconut flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 drops liquid stevia (more if you like it sweeter)
2 Tablespoons sugar free vanilla syrup (I used Torani, but you could also try pancake syrup or more stevia)
1/2 cup egg beaters

2 teaspoons Smart Balance Light (or other light butter)
splash of almond milk
cinnamon (as much as you want)

1/3 cup Greek yogurt for topping (optional)


1. In small bowl mix egg beaters, almond milk, sugar free syrup and liquid stevia. Add coconut flour and baking powder. Mix until smooth.

2. Slice your apple into very thin pieces. Set aside.

3. In a small frying pan, melt butter on high heat. Sir in cinnamon. Lay down the sliced apples in the pan and let cook for about 25-30 seconds. Pour in pancake batter and smooth over.Β  Cover then turn down heat to LOW. Let cook for 3 minutes.

4. Take off lid and flip the pancake. Put cover back on and cook for 1 minute longer. Slide out of pan and top with Greek yogurt.

Servings: 1 (1 pancake topped with 1/3 cup yogurt): Calories: 242 Fat: 4.9 grams; Carbs: 27.1 grams; Fiber: 8.75 grams; Protein: 22.1 grams

In the amount of time it took for me to make and eat my pancake, I probably could have downed 10 cartons of yogurt and written a blog post.

However, it was completely worth the time and extra effort. Plus, creating a new breakfast treat ultimately turned out to be a blog-benefiting decision.Β  πŸ˜‰

…A decision that resulted in a delicious morning meal that was reminiscent of my favorite Apple Strudel Muffins. (a must-try recipe that’s not my own).

And since we’re speaking of delicious pancakes and muffins, I feel obligated to mention another muffin.

Tom Brady

Oh, hello, STUD! I believe you’re headed to the Super Bowl in two weeks. Because my 49ers lost Sunday night, I will now be able to devote my full attention towards you. And you know what? You may be married to a gorgeous model, but I bet Gisele doesn’t make you apple cinnamon pancakes when you’re out of your favorite apple cinnamon yogurt.

Just sayin.’ πŸ˜‰

Anyways,Β  refocusing: I washed my pancake down with my current cocktail of choice…

…And scadaddled out the door to the gym.

By the way, Coconut KevVita was my lifesaver over the weekend. I came down with a pesky flu bug Friday, and stayed in bed all day Saturday.Β  I swear this stuff made me feel better faster than any ginger ale could have. (When I was young, ginger ale was all I drank when I had the stomach flu; now I can’t help but feel nauseous when I taste it!)

Once my stomach wasΒ  again ready for real food, this happened:

Hey now, don’t knock it before you try it. πŸ˜‰ This is more real than most foods that come in a jar.

Ingredient list: winter squash and water. Nada mas.

I accidentally bought this a few months ago, instead of the apple version that is called for in Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Protein Bars. Ooops!Β 

But it turned out to be quite a delicious mistake! I added cinnamon, vanilla, liquid stevia and a few shakes of ginger, which transformed a rather tasteless mush into something that tasted like a healthified version of sweet potato casserole.

I may or may not accidentally buy baby food winter squash again. πŸ˜‰


Alright, enough about tummy troubles and baby food! In my last post, I promised I had some news!

That wasn’t a lie; I do. But first I’m going to share my workout this morning because it was pretty bangin’.

Since I took a few days of much needed rest over the weekend, I wanted to squeeze in both a cardio and strength workout today.Β  I opted to abandon my Body For Life routine (which I’ve modified quite a bit, and will be explaining in a future post), and instead completed a circuit that looked like this:

(Note: cardio move is followed by strength move in the same row)

Cardio-Strength Circuit (via Oxygen Magazine)

I did three circuits of the entire routine, which left me feeling as though I’d hit nearly every muscle in my body. It was an invigorating workout!

I wish I’d had a Nike + Fuel Band to track my movement. Have you heard about this thing?


Looks pretty nifty! Apparently the Fuel Band, which is available for pre-order now, tracks all of your activity over a 24-hour period (including sleep!) and then provides a summary at the end of the day. You simply wear the band on your wrist, and it counts your steps, heart rate, calories burned etc.

Pretty cool, huh?


***The News**

Okay, here it is! *Deep breath*….

After 3+ years of consideration, I’ve made the decision to become a personal trainer. :-)

I have another year of grad school to complete before I take on a real adult job, but I hope to incorporate both nutrition and fitness consulting into my future career. My master’s degree will certify me as a nutritionist (or ‘CNS’–Certified Nutrition Specialist, which is different than a dietician), but if I wish to offer credible fitness advice, more formal training is needed

My only career goal is to use my passion toΒ  inspire and empower others to live healthy lives. Earning a certification through NASM will help me make that dream come true.

I’m so excited about the new information I’ll be learning, and look forward to sharing it with you here! You can expect to see many more workouts and fitness advice in the months to come. :)


Questions for you:

What’s your dream job?

If I weren’t in the fitness/nutrition/health industry, I’d be a travel writer! How cool would it be to get paid to review everything from hotels to hiking trails all over the world?

Any football player celebrity crushes?

Have you ever eaten a jar of baby food (past infancy, of course!)?

I blame Jamie Eason’s recipes for turning me onto the stuff!




  • Life’s a Bowl

    SO many things to like about this post! Those ‘cakes look absolutely delic and remind me of a cake more than pancakes- dessert for bfast? Heck yeah πŸ˜€ And I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some of the new Cho’s but I’m trying to finish off a case from Costco that we already have…

    I’ve never had baby food [other than when I was a baby] but with an ingredient list that short I’d have no problem trying a spoonful or mixing it into a recipe!

    And HUGE CONGRATS regarding your recent decision!!! Please train me, train me! I need some major weight lifting help πŸ˜›

    • Sara Stewart

      I would LOVE to train you! And once you’re finished with that case of Cho, definitely get your hands on the apple cinnamon flavor! I think it’s the best one!

  • Natalie

    Congrats on becoming a personal trainer!! You’re going to be great! I’m looking forward to following your journey. :) I LOVE this idea of adding apples to the pan and then topping it with the pancake batter. Brilliant. I am so trying this.

    Tom Brady is a STUD muffin…haha. And I’m sure you make much better pancakes than Gisele does. πŸ˜‰

    I’ve snuck a few bites of baby food from jars for recipes…it’s not bad, and you’re right–it is REAL. :-)

    • Sara Stewart

      I’d never tried the fruit-in-the-pan technique before this morning, but it will definitely be happening again! It caramelizes the apples, which makes them sooo tasty. :)

  • Kristin @ STUFTmama

    You’re going to be a great personal trainer, Sara! Congrats! I’m glad to hear you’re going with NASM your first time through; it’s a little more work, but totally worth it!

    Your pancake looks soooo good! It’s been ages since I’ve made them for breakfast…that needs to change!

    If I wasn’t in fitness/mommydom, I’d probably be an international news correspondent! It would be fun to cover exciting stories around the world!

    • Sara Stewart

      I was actually initially a journalism major in college and thought that was what I wanted to do! I still think it would be fun!

  • Stefanie

    Ah, that is SO exciting! Since I graduated, I’ve been thinking about getting my personal training certification as well. I’m waiting to hear back from Graduate Schools right now and I just need something to do! I love fitness and everything in between, so I think that getting my PT certification is the next logical step. :) The only problem: I’m not sure which one to get. Which certification are you looking at?

    • Sara Stewart

      You should definitely go for it, Stefanie! You’d be wonderful! I’m getting certified through NASM, which I’ve heard is one of the more difficult certs, but also highly regarded by fitness professionals. I was told that I could start with an easier test, like ACE, but that I’d probably want to get another cert afterwards if I went that route. This way I’ll get it all done in one swoop!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    Tom Brady is beautiful – and so are those pancakes! :)

    • Sara Stewart

      I don’t know why he wasn’t on my stud-monitor earlier! Haha

  • katie

    CONGRATS girl! Im so excited for you and happy for you! I think you will be great and it will only benefit you in so many ways! Ummm those pancakes look amazing! I need to try them!

    I miss and love you! Been so crazy over here!

    • Sara Stewart

      Miss you TONS!! xoxo

  • Shannon (Healthiful Balance)

    Aw, sorry about your tummy troubles! Glad your feeling better! :) Those pancakes look awweesommmee! πŸ˜€

    AHHH yay! Thats GREAT news! I think your going to be an AMAZING personal trainer!!!!

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Shannon!! <3

  • Lindsay @ Chobani

    Sara, congratulations on the exciting news! Can’t wait to see where the future takes you. And, while that apple cinnamon pancake looks delish, there is no real sub for our creamy 0% Apple Cinnamon cups! Look for a very special email to hit your inbox shortly to remedy your shortage :)

    • Sara Stewart

      Thank you so much, Lindsay! There is definitely NO substitute for 0% Apple Cinnamon! It’s truly my favorite yogurt ever. I could easily eat 3+ cartons/day! πŸ˜€

  • Ash@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries

    i still need to try out the apple cinnamon chobani… it sounds amazing!

    congratulations on your decision, sara! that’s so exciting! i’m a certifed personal trainer through NASM and LOVE it. i think NASM is definitely one of the best programs you can use. i wish you the best of luck! i’m sure you’ll love it!

    • Sara Stewart

      I didn’t realize that you’re certified through NASM! I’ll probably be e-mailing you for tips and advice very soon! xo

  • Ash@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries

    i still need to try out the apple cinnamon chobani… it sounds amazing!

    congratulations on your decision, sara! that’s so exciting! i’m a certifed personal trainer through NASM and LOVE it. i think NASM is definitely one of the best programs you can use. i wish you the best of luck! i’m sure you’ll love it!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Oh gosh, I have no idea what my dream job is. Right now I’m in law school but I don’t know if being an attorney is really what I want to do… Hoping to just go with the flow and figure it out!

    • Sara Stewart

      I can totally relate! I’m still not 100% sure what I want to do either! I do know that it’s going to be in the health industry, but other than that, going with the flow is my only plan right now too. :-)

  • Lisa

    ooh, that circuit looks awesome…how long did it take you?

    • Sara Stewart

      It’s a great total body workout! Three circuits took about 45 minutes :)

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Oh my gosh- congrats on your news!! I’m so excited for you and it sounds like this is the perfect fit!! You’re so thoughtful and encouraging and I think everyone you work with will absolutely love you! And I’ve never bought baby food, but sometimes I buy Bnutt squash puree which does look/taste like babyfood! Ohh and your pancake looks delicious!

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks so much, Emily! <3

  • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I’m so excited for you! You will be a great personal trainer. You’re so sweet, strong and you make awesome pancakes πŸ˜€

    • Sara Stewart

      Haha, thanks, Tara. :-) You’ve been an inspiration to me!

  • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I’m so excited for you! You will be a great personal trainer. You’re so sweet, strong and you make awesome pancakes πŸ˜€ I’m looking forward to watching us both embark on a similar journey!

    • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

      OK, no idea why this posted twice when I was mid-way through. Anyway, congrats xox

  • Sally

    Can’t wait to find the new Chobani flavors…especially passion fruit! Come on Boise…you can stock them too! Dream job?? I think I have it! It’s hard to beat spending the day with 3rd graders!! :)

  • Kathryn @ Flopoodle

    Congrats on the big decision! How exciting! I have the NASM book and have only gotten through a few chapters, but the material is definitely super interesting and I’m sure you will be fantastic at it!!

  • lindsay cotter

    YAY!!! exciting! i am a nutrition specialist. I know you will be great!! So excited for you friend.

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen


    [And I sometimes have been known to eat baby food, too…]

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen


    [And I sometimes have been known to eat baby food, too…]

  • Katie

    AHHH congrats on your news, Sarah! I’m so proud of you… and I’m booking my session in advance. Can’t wait to see how your journey goes :-)

    Those pancakes looks so good! I never think to make them in the morning, but that has to change. Also, Tom Brady is scrumptious. As is the actor Tom Brady. Those lips!

  • Jillian @ sprinkle massacre

    A big CONGRATS to you!

  • Rach

    I’ve definitely never had a jar of baby food as an adult. Though I will say that when I nannied, I did consider it once or twice when feeding the little girl, haha!

  • Meg Bailey

    Wow that’s great news! I think you’ll be great as a personal trainer! Wishing you lots and lots of luck! <3

    My football celebrity player is definitely Payton Manning! πŸ˜‰

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    I am sorry I am a few days late on this…but ahhh congratulations!! This is so exciting and seriously, I know you are going to rock this profession :) P.s. great workout! I think I am going to try it this morning

  • julie

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that’s SO exciting and i’m so happy for you!!!!!!!! its so great that you’re following your heart and doing exactly what you want to do. MAJOR kudos to you mama πŸ˜‰

    have a fabulous weekend and STOCK UP on chobs apple cin! btw goblet squats are killer and i lurv them haha

  • Soo [Little Miss Fitness]

    You go girl! That is super exciting news!! You will be great. :)

    I also put plain yogurt on pancakes! Super yummy and a TON less calories.

    My dream job would be to be a news anchor on the TODAY Show. I can’t get enough! :)

  • Ali @ whatalididnext

    Wow awesome decision, congratulations.
    Sadly I regularly buy organic apple baby food to use inrecipes If I am in a hurry and can’t find applesauce.

  • Baking Serendipity

    So much good stuff happening here! First off, congrats on your move to become a personal trainer! I love stories of people following their dream jobs :) It’s so inspirational and seriously makes me smile. Also! The apple pancake-yogurt combo was pure genius. Bookmarking this for sure.

  • Danielle D.

    That Tom Brady is definitely a stud muffin, haha. Congrats on that exciting news! p.s. must try that apple cinnamon Chobani!

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  • Nancy Singh

    As a past Better Homes and Gardens food editor, I tried your Apple Cinnamon Coconut Cake and in my opinion…. Totally Yummy!

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