The Way Healthy Living Bloggers Do It

by Sara on December 31, 2012

Lately, I’ve been thinking about abandoning my healthy living blog status and adopting healthy living blog poser status instead.

You see, I love cool whip. I eat mayonnaise. And sometimes I drink Coca Cola.

In my world, chocolate is an entire food group.

I’ve also kinda sorta really always detested oatmeal. Like, a lot.

And, to add insult to healthy living blogger injury, I have a weakness for cinnamon rolls. Especially those addicting concoctions in the mall.

Gosh darn you, Cinnabon.

Before you freak-a-leak, let me assure you, I haven’t had one since switching to a gluten free diet. Phew. Healthy Living Blogger status re-claimed! 😉

However, whenever I pass the food court, I want to yell Sweet Jesus! because it smells so good.

Usually a Starbucks cinnamon dolce cappuccino quells my mall-induced Cinnabon cravings (HLB status reclaimed again?), but yesterday it just wasn’t enough.

 Oh, and random side note, this scene makes me want to cry.

The white cups are back, my friends. Waaahhh! I ordered a grande just so that I could sip from a red cup! I know this lady understands.

Anyway, I couldn’t get those cinnamon buns out of my head. So I did what any healthy living blogger wannabe should  do: I ate oatmeal.

Oatmeal that looked like a cinnamon bun. And tasted like a cinnamon bun. Sort of. 😉

Let’s just call it a poser cinnamon bun.

In consuming this baked protein oatmeal cinnamon bun for breakfast yesterday morning, I think I may have solidified my status as a healthy living blogger. Except, to be a legit HLB, I should probably call it baked “prOATmeal.” Don’t forget, it’s mandatory for healthy living bloggers to slap creative names on their oat-containing kitchen concoctions. Yoats, anyone? Or how about OIAJ? Or, the Paleo version: Noatmeal! 😉

“The Poser” aka Baked Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal

1/2 cup old fashioned oats (use gluten free oats, if sensitive)

1/2 cup liquid egg whites (or 4-5 egg whites)

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water (you can use all water or almond milk, if you’d like!)

2 packets stevia (or sweetener of choice)

1/2 t. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (more if you like it extra flavorful, like I do)

1/2 t. vanilla

1/8 t. baking powder

chopped pecans (optional, but highly recommended!)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients, and pour into a greased round baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked completely though.

For the frosting:

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use MRM)

1 T. 2% plain Chobani yogurt

Mix together and drizzle over the hot cinnamon bun.

Nutrition per bun (makes one): Carbs: 31 g.; Protein: 27 g; Fat: 5 g; Calories: approx 320.

 One of my New Year’s goals is to build a significant amount of muscle in the next three months, which means that clean protein and carb-packed pretend cinnamon bun poser meals may become my new best friends. :)

I’ll provide a bit more detail next Wednesday!


Have a beautiful Monday, and make sure to check out the other marvelousness happening in the blog world today at Healthy Diva Eats!

Happy New Year!

And thank you so much for your get-well wishes (they worked), and for offering your opinions about the blonde bob. I still haven’t decided whether or not to do it, but I’ll definitely let you know if it happens!



I want to know…

Which habits have you learned from reading healthy living blogs? 

Before I began reading blogs, I had no idea that it was even possible to bake with protein powder. Or that pumpkin tasted so good. Or that smoothies could be green. Or that kombucha (my favorite drink) existed.  😉

Any Cinnabon fans out there? What fast food/food court treat would you healthify, if you could?

Those buttery pretzels have always called to me, too. Oh, and DQ Blizzards.

What’s your favorite way to eat oatmeal? (It’s okay if you don’t like it. Believe me, I’ll understand 😉 )




  • Coco

    you are so funny. I think I’ve abandoned the healthy living blog status a while ago. I’m happy how I eat and that’s the most important thing, not any label.

    healthy living blogs are inspiration for recipes in general but I rarely follow them exactly.

  • Coco

    oh.. I like oatmeal plain just like porridge to be eaten with other things like seaweed, fried egg, etc.

  • AnnaTheApple

    Do you know what, I’ve never had a cinnamon bun ever… I will definitely have to try I think to now what the fuss is about :)
    I like my oatmeal just cooked with almomd milk. So boring and simple but honestly I adore it that way. Adding fruit or sweetness really doesn’t work for me!
    I don’t think that by eating naughty things changes your HLB status. It’s all about balance and moderation, and keeping your sanity! I can’t not eat cake. And I don’t even want it to be healthy! Hehe.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    Haha I don’t really feel like a healthy living blogger anymore either and I’m okay with that. I like the path I’ve taken and I’m really happy with where I am now. But I do have HLBs to thank for a lot of my favourite foods, like oatmeal, pumpkin and Greek yogurt.

    This baked oatmeal looks delicious! I love cinnamon buns, but I’ve never been able to have one from Cinnabon (pesky allergies!).

    My favourite way to have oatmeal is with some banana, egg whites, milk, cinnamon and chia seeds cooked into it.

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    Oh, geez….that baked cinnamon bun oatmeal looks amazing! I am normally not a big fan of oatmeal, but I think that I could definitely eat it in this form!!

    I would love to healthify fast food ice cream/milkshakes. I LOVE a good milkshake (haven’t had one in years, though), but they are just so terrible for you :(.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Hehe I love this! I feel like I kind of fall into the “poser” category…chocolate is absolutely a food group! I eat refined sugar daily, and I was munching on Pringles at midnight last night…but I put protein powder in everything and eat oatmeal almost daily, so I still count as an HLB, right? :-p
    I’m pretty sure it’s been about 8 years since I had anything from Cinnabon but the smell is always intoxicating. I definitely have the DQ Blizzard weakness…and any kind of fast food onion rings.
    I have the same muscle-building goal that you have, so I’m thinking I’ll have to make friends with your poser cinnamon bun. :-)

    • Sara Stewart

      Yep, the protein powder definitely qualifies you as a legit HLB. 😉 Cheers to muscle-building in 2013! I’m looking forward to hearing about your goals! <3

  • runwithspoons

    You had me at cinnamon <3 I definitely feel all sorts of out-of-place in the HLB community considering that I don't formally work out or eat all that clean and creative, but for one reason or another, it's still a community that I love being a part of… especially because it's introduced me to a lot of my favorite foods. Greek yogurt, almond butter, pumpkin, oatmeal, avocado… I couldn't imagine life without them 😀

  • Julie Luong

    Looks amazing and must try it!

  • Lisa

    HaHa. I’m laughing my brains off, since I just posted about the lack of red cups! Great minds think alike:) This looks SO delicious. Oh man, I remember the days I was obsessed with those. We don’t have a cinnabon here, so whenever I went to the states I’d head straight for those marvelous cinnamon buns. SO good. Cinnamon + me = love. I like a lot of the typical blogger foods, but there are others I just hate. I feel like a poser sometimes, because people see alcohol as “wasted calories” but you know what, I have a drink on the weekends and I really like it! Love you sweet friend!xo

    • Sara Stewart

      Hehe, love you Starbucks cup-obsessed twin!! <3 I need to start asking for red ones while they're still in stores! And you keep sipping that drink – no calories are "wasted calories" if they're ENJOYED! 😀 I'm the same with sangria, chocolate (and I'm talking the "unhealthy" stuff, like Reece's – not dark), and cool whip, but figure I have to pick and choose my battles. 😉

  • Alexandra

    I’ve never been a big fan of cinnamon rolls, but your recipe sure looks good! I love how you healthified one of your faves :) Oh goodness, I’m so with ya on DQ Blizzards healthified too, that would be right up my alley–I’m obsessed!!! I literally have to have one at least once a week now, thank the Lord they have so many flavors haha!
    Happy NYE my friend!!!

  • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Lord knows I will never be classified as a ‘healthy living blogger’ then! Although I do love my oatmeal 😉 I can’t wait to hear more about your muscle building efforts! Happy new year xoxo

  • Sally

    Oh, I wish I could have had a taste of your poser cinnamon bun! Guess I need to try making it myself. I still like plain old oatmeal with real maple syrup and nuts. I think Starbucks should always have seasonal colored cups…keep red through February, then maybe spring green, yellow, or hot pink?!

    • Sara Stewart

      I love the idea of spring-colored cups at Starbucks! You should pitch the suggestion to them! <3 xoxo

  • Ashley

    Yum! Definitely can’t wait to try this out! I love my sweets and cheese a little too much to fit the stereotype of any “healthy living blogger”, but I DO love my oatmeal. 😉

  • Bethany

    Do you really bake it for 300 min?! Or did you mean 30 min? 300 min seems like an awfully long time. I was just curious :)

    • Sara Stewart

      Ack! You’re absolutely right – it’s 30 minutes rather than 300! Unless you want a charcoal puck for breakfast? 😉 Thank you so much for letting me know about the error; I’m going to fix it now!

  • Khushboo Thadani

    Haha I love this- so true about us HL bloggers! Although I truly believe that some treats should only be enjoyed in its original form, I’m all healthifyingfor a recipe so long as the results are legit! Love the sound of The Poser especially as I have a weakness for anything cinnamon..even better if it’s baked! I love oats and am grateful to other blogs for enlightening me on the million other ways beyond oatmeal of eating it! Currently I love it raw mixed with fruit, nuts and yogurt! I can’t even remember the last time I made a bowl of stove-top oatmeal!

    Happy 2013, Sara!

  • Jessiejoshua21

    Oh my word Sara!!! This recipe sounds AMAZING!! I cannot try this treat out. I’m thinking my cinnamon bun protein powder will compliment it perfectly =) Eh. THANK YOU!!

    Happy New Year to you as well! Only a few months until we can finally meet xoxo

  • Gbesecker77

    Yum! That sounds delicious and I’m not that big of a Cinnamon roll fan. I too didn’t know you could bake with protein powder before I began reading healthy living blogs. That and I didn’t know that you can use flaxseed and water to substitute for an egg or that it was so easy to make my own Almond Butter! Speaking of which… maybe I’ll go whip some up! Hope you had a great New Year!

  • Min

    Happy New Year, my love!! Seriously, where did ’12 go? I must say it was a good year for me, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me this year! I’ve been sick for the past several days so I’m not off to a great start…Tomorrow I must work on my application for the dietetic internship..oh lordy..Please please please..I must get in this year!
    Honestly, I vaguely remember what cinnabon tasted’s been awhile. I’ve managed to stay away from it like the plague these past years. Your recipe sounds glorious!
    I’ve been on a soft diet and oatmeal has def been a life-saver. I love overnight oats, which I learned about from some of the bloggers. It seemed to be the “it” food last year…or was it before and I just caught on? In any case..good stuff 😉
    I’m so thankful for our friendship and I wish you nothing but the best this year!

  • Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    that looks so yummy! and i’m the BIGGEST sucker for anything sweet. i write a lot about running and steer away from most of the food stuff because honestly i like to feel like becuz i work out so much i’m entitled to a little splurging. and i feel sometimes there is that little pressure of being uuber healthy in healthy living blogs.
    hope u’re having a wonderful start to the new year!

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