Welcome & Healthy Holidays!

First and foremost, welcome to the new blog site! Anna and I are so thrilled to be teaming up at Zest Nutrition. To find out more about how our paths crossed and Zest formed, read About and Meet Us here. We are rolling out a lot of exciting things as we wrap up 2014 and head into the new year. Follow us on the blog here to find out about upcoming nutrition and fitness opportunities, discover new healthy recipes, read up on hot health topics and more. 

To kick off Zest and the holiday season, let's start with a few new healthy traditions...

1. Make your own Fitness Advent calendar like the one I made here! Shout out to my foodie fitness minded friend Lucy for the idea. Each day has a quick exercise for a burst of endorphins. Talk about amping up your holiday cheer. I don't want to give any of them away... but lets just say there might be a dance party card somewhere in the mix... Who says traditions have to be all about food?


2. Swap out one of your holiday breakfast go-to's for this Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bake. Smells amazing, tastes better and the best part is how energized you'll feel in comparison to the alternative.

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bake


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Earth Balance
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce

Ingredients for Greek Yogurt Icing

  • 6 oz container (or 3/4 cup) 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, melt Earth Balance in the microwave then add remaining ingredients and beat together.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients. 
  4. Grease an 8" square pan, add batter and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix icing ingredients. Spread onto the oatmeal bake after it is out of the oven.

Nutrition Facts
Makes 9 servings
Per Serving: 200 calories, 6 gm protein, 5 gm fat, 35 gm carbs, 4 gm fiber

Go ahead. Set your intention for the season. Maybe create a few new traditions of your own. You may notice that eating healthier and moving more actually allows you to enjoy the holidays more fully. No pun intended ;)