Chocolate Chip Cashew Banana Bread and Eating Healthy in December

Oh, December. Filled with potlucks, holiday parties, cookie exchanges and celebrations that make it difficult to find the motivation or time to eat healthy.


Many friends and family members have decided that December will be a ‘wash’ and they’ll start their healthy eating goals in January. DON’T DO THIS!



Finding easy swaps like using SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener instead of sugar in recipes, or bringing a healthy option to a holiday party can make such a difference.


You’ll avoid the stress of trying to find something healthy to eat, plus avoid the blood sugar crash that comes with eating a large amount of sugar (without fiber). Hey, I’ll still eat my fair share of cookies because moderation of all foods is important.


This chocolate chip cashew banana bread has absolutely no added sugar (not even maple syrup/honey/agave), incorporates ingredients you already have in your pantry, and uses only one bowl so you can dump, pour, bake and eat (or bring to those holiday potlucks and parties).


I used SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener in place of sugar, and I used ground oats and coconut flour in place of white flour. A common misconception is that SPLENDA® Naturals is a blend of sucralose and stevia, but SPLENDA® Naturals does not contain ANY sucralose! I love using SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia in recipes as there is NO bitter aftertaste so you can’t tell the difference!


The bread is super moist and I added dark chocolate chips in the batter and on top for a little extra decadence. I used cashew butter, but you can use peanut or almond butter and I bet it would work just as great. I also used 1/4 cup of coconut flour to give it a sweeter, denser texture but you could omit if you don’t have it on hand. Make this for your next potluck or holiday party and enjoy the holidays without having to ‘restart’ in January!


I’ve partnered with the amazing team at SPLENDA® Brand for this post but, as always, all opinions are my own.

Chocolate Chip Cashew Banana Bread


  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oats, ground into flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 8 packets SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, reserving 1/4 cup for top of bread


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a bread pan with coconut oil spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mash ripe bananas and add eggs, cashew butter, almond milk. oats, coconut flour, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  3. Fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into greased bread pan and top with remaining chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
  6. Enjoy!


Salad Power

I love veggies of all types. I don’t discriminate. Raw, roasted, steamed, sauteed, blended. BUT I knows tons of busy, on-the-go friends and family (hi, Dad) who can’t always eat a salad OR want the nutrients but just need the convenience. I finally met the team at Salad Power and I loved their premise – typical ‘juices’ are high in sugar and low in actual greens and nutrients. I typically recommend clients stay FAR AWAY from juices!!


But Salad Power focuses their juices on their veggie blend first: kale, carrot, spinach, celery, cucumber, tomato and bell pepper so the ‘just greens’ juice is just that!


The ‘just veggies’ variety is only 50 calories but has 40x your daily vitamins (A and C) and has some calcium and iron as well. Their other varieties (pineapple, mango, and apple) are delicious too and would be great for someone who doesn’t like the taste of veggies.


I grabbed a bottle during a hot and sticky outdoor workout in Pittsburgh and it was the perfect drink. The juice itself tastes like a mix between sweet bell peppers, crispy kale and celery.


Enter the giveaway by going HERE and commenting on this post! We will be giving away ‘veggies + pineapple’ four packs to THREE lucky winners – only US residents may apply though.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SaladPower but all opinions are my own. Thank you for following along and allowing me to do what I love!

New Mizuno Shoes

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mizuno but all opinions are my own. Thank you for following along and allowing me to do what I love!


I’m a sneaker addict and don’t mind admitting it. I’ve worn Mizuno for years and love the support and cushioning they offer all while feeling super light-weight. I don’t ‘run’ a ton but work out using  different methods and supportive shoes are the key!

I got to try out the brand new Wave Sky and have nothing but positive things to say about the shoe. Thought I would do a pro/con list so you can think about these the next time you need a new workout shoe!

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  • Cushioning (almost feel bouncy!)
  • Arch support
  • True to size
  • Aesthetic to the eye
  • No chafing around ankles



  • Coloring (not a big fan of ‘teal’ but there are other options!)
  • Different fit than previous Mizunos (actually not a huge ‘con’ because I still like the fit)
  • Typical price of nice running shoes ($150) but definitely an investment


Do you wear Mizunos?

What A Dietitian Eats in a Day {Eating without Restrictions}

After documenting a full day of eating on Sunday, I realized I had eaten completely vegetarian and without any food restrictions and wanted to showcase how I do it!  I consumed a lot of whole foods, a huge variety of veggies and fruits, plant-based protein powders, and just plain delicious things (plus cookies). Read on to see!thumb_IMG_8929_1024

breakfast// 1 huge Pumpkin Oatmeal waffle topped with creamy almond butter, banana slices and fresh organic raspberries. Recipe can be found here.


lunch//One egg + 4 egg white sautéed red onion omelette (yes I eat the FULL EGG), mashed avocado, roasted kabocha squash in pink salt + coconut oil, and took my almost-gone-bad shredded zucchini that I use for oats and steamed it with some Brussels-SO good!!



preworkout snack//Ezekiel toast, almond butter, apple slices, and a tiny bit of raw honey (Hi, Gus!!) plus a Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter cookie (full review here)


postworkout dinner//Whole Foods salad bar with kale, greens, spinach, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, roasted squash and carrots, balsamic tempeh, and feta cheese with Bragg’s liquid aminos as dressing! I didn’t use typical dressing as I knew the feta had fat and didn’t need a ton of fat post-workout.


night snack//Roasted kabocha dipped in about 2 Tbsp almond butter.

Flexible dieting, eating without restrictions, and transitioning to intuitive eating (while still reading labels and being mindful of macros and ingredients) has been life-changing  because
I can now eat ONE cookie butter cookie and not need anymore. And can dine out for dinner and not stress. And eyeball nut butter and know my intake will even out.

How do you eat without restrictions?

Hop on over here to see other bloggers’ daily eats!

Week in the Life on Instagram

I wanted to go back over this past week on Instagram to recap all the images I have posted over the past week!  I wish Instagram could capture all the amazing moments that happen outside of/behind the screen :)

thumb_IMG_6519_1024 Can’t believe it’s been over a full week since the Fourth of July!  I have been trying to embrace more crop tops and this two piece chambray crop top and skirt I found on Lulu’s is just perfect (I ordered the XS for size reference)!  I wore this to a dinner last Saturday night with friends.


The Fourth involved a red, white, and blue bikini, grilling out, pool time, and boating at Allie’s house! I made a huge veggie platter with homemade guacamole and I have officially fallen in love with pugs!thumb_IMG_6298_1024



Grilled mahi-mahi burgers, grilled veggies, guac and hummus!


>>LOOK AT THAT FACE<< Allie almost let me take him home!!


Obsessed with this view!

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We celebrated my brother’s birthday this past week as well and a piece of cake and 2 chocolate chip cookies hit the spot!  This was an Oreo cake with buttercream frosting that was AMAZING.

thumb_IMG_6336_1024  Another exciting thing that happened this week: My article on Intermittent Fasting was posted  on!


I worked out a couple times this week (Weekly Workout post to come). thumb_IMG_6393_1024

I got to show off the hard work and progress of one of my clients!

And this past weekend, I enjoyed a veggie burger and fries, protein waffles, pizza, and ice cream. All while not feeling like I went overboard or sacrificing my goals. Win win!






How was your week?





Snickerdoodle Cauliflower Protein Cake

Ok guys, I’m obsessed with baking with cauliflower.  Only because this Snickerdoodle Cauliflower Protein Cake has the absolute perfect texture.  I kept thinking this was made with applesauce or mashed bananas with every bite because it is so moist!  Completely gluten-free, this cake would be the perfect paired with scrambled eggs and fruit for breakfast or as a quick pre-workout snack with some peanut butter spread on top!


Snickerdoodle Cauliflower Protein Cake

Original recipe: Hana DeVore 

Makes 8 slices 


1 package Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower rice (approx 350 g cauliflower)

2 large eggs

6 Tbsp (92 g) egg whites

1 scoop Cinnamon Swirl slap nutrition whey

2 scoops MyPureGoodness Vanilla pumpkin seed protein

1 TBSP flax seed meal

2 TBSP coconut flour

1/2 TBSP baking powder

5 drops vanilla stevia

1 TBSP cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Microwave the cauliflower rice until steamed.
  3. Add cauliflower rice plus rest of ingredients into a food processor.  Blend into a smooth batter.
  4. Pour into a greased 9×9 pie pan and bake for 18-22 minutes.
  5. Cut into 8 cake pieces and enjoy!






What I Ate Wednesday: Triathlon Training + Trader Joe’s Haul

Happy Wednesday beauties!

This full day of eating is actually from Sunday.  As you may have heard, I am running in a triathlon this weekend!  It is only a sprint tri (0.25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 5K run) but I am getting super excited.  To be honest, I haven’t been training super hard but I hope that I can still be competitive.  If not, I just hope to not die since I don’t run that much.  Anyway, my boyfriend and I wanted to practice the open water swim portion at the location the race will be (Madeira Beach) and drove down to the beach on Sunday to practice!  The beach is only 35 minutes from me – jealous?? 😉

We went out Friday night and this is the only picture I got :)  The rest of the activity was on SnapChat!!  Full outfit from Forever 21.


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Obsessed with these Cauliflower Oats.  Made with vanilla protein, cinnamon, tons of berries, and a banana.



I actually got hungry again by the time we got to the beach so I snacked on half of this bar.  It was super delicious and seedy and a small amount of carbs for a pre-workout snack.

I am also in love with my Apple Watch cuff!!!  Super stylish instead of the boring black band that the watch comes with.  My best girlfriend actually invented and launched the product – The Ultimate Cuff – earlier this year.  I get so many compliments when I wear it.   So, if you love jewelry as much as I do, it’s a must.  She also offered to give me a discount code and I of course said yes!!!  My code is DietitianDeanna for 20% off.  It’s a perfect gift for Mom or your sister too.


After swimming a quarter of a mile and walking the beach several miles, I wasn’t super hungry but knew I needed some carbs and protein to refuel while we ran errands  (Whole Foods, Target,  Trader Joe’s).  So I munched on half of this cookie and a protein shake made with 1/2 scoop ProZero Strawberry Jam and 1/2 scoop My Pure Goodness Chocolate.  Tasted like a chocolate covered strawberry!   thumb_IMG_4106_1024

Eaten at Whole Foods while the man chomped on pizza!

We ran errands, got too much stuff at Target, and picked up some delicious salmon for dinner!

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Dinner was this exact meal.  I made the eggplant fries by just chopping the eggplant into fry shapes and roasting at 425 for 35 minutes alongside the brussel sprouts.  Sprayed with coconut oil spray and Himalayan pink sea salt before roasting!  I also had some mushrooms dipped in hummus.

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The Just Beets are perfect – sweet and earthy and addictive!  The Chili Lime Seasoning I put on some tilapia I meal-prepped for the week. Obsessed!!thumb_IMG_4128_1024

Vegan marshmallows!  I ended up passing on these but they felt so fluffy and perfect and I absolutely LOVE S’mores during the summer. thumb_IMG_4130_1024

These are perfection as well. Macros are on point and they go perfect crumbled over some Arctic Zero ice cream and a protein mugcake!!



A bunch of rice cakes + a generous amount of vanilla almond butter (homemade) and peanut butter.  Can’t go wrong there.

Feeling nervous but more prepared for the triathlon after the training this day.  I will make sure to do a full recap as well if you are interested in running one.

Also, what are your favorite Trader Joe’s finds recently?  I am there AT LEAST once a week so give em to me!


Cauliflower Oats {Volume Eating}

Oatmeal and cauliflower?!  The combination may sound terrible but truth me on this one.  You can barely taste the cauliflower and your bowl of oats will double in volume!  Try it once and you will be converted, I swear. thumb_IMG_3686_1024


Vanilla Cauliflower Oats

Serves 1


45 g oatmeal (or cream of wheat, cream of rice, or oat bran)

3/4 cup water

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

50-100 g steamed and mashed Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice


  1. Steam an entire bag of Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice, pour into a Pyrex dish, and mash with a fork until it is no longer super chunky.  Store the cauliflower in the Pyrex dish to add to your oats throughout the week.
  2. Cook oats with water for 2 minutes, add your serving of steamed, mashed cauliflower and scoop of protein and microwave for another minute. Let cool.
  3. Top with fresh blueberries, raspberries, banana slices, and a heavy drizzle of Butter Pecan coconut butter. 


It’s now a regular occurrence in my house. Veggies at breakfast just got a whole lot easier!



What I Ate Wednesday

Good morning beautiful!  Life has been good to me lately.  Is it OK to just be happy?  There will always be bad days (and lots of them) but it feels good to feed off the days that are super positive. No?  I digress.

This day of eats was from last week after getting back from traveling.  I celebrated Mother’s Day early (my Mom works as a nurse and worked on Sunday) by making my Mom dinner.  I also got her a vase of gorgeous tulip bulbs so that they would bloom slowly and she could replant them.  Look how gorgeous they are!


I spent the day at my parents – which was much needed!  Glad they love to eat healthy too and always have the fridge stocked.  My Dad is amazing – whenever he knows I’m coming he buys TONS of  vegetables, fresh fish, peanut butter, and rice cakes.  Hey, my family knows me pretty well!


My favorite simple Oatmeal Cinnamon Protein Pancakes.  Added almond butter on top after the picture!



My brother and I ended up going to the gym mid-day.  We hit an AWESOME leg workout and the whole workout is on my Week of Workouts post.  I did 10 minutes of HIIT on the stairmaster as well (my brother was doing calves and I almost never lift calves…).  Post-workout was this kale, egg beater/egg white omelette, fresh strawberries, and half of a Lenny and Larry’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookie.  This flavor is actually my least favorite so far (Birthday Cake and Snickerdoodle are my top picks) but is still good because #cookies.


A huge banana, D’s Naturals Vanilla Maple Frosting Almond Butter, and a handful of Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal. This almond butter is life-changing.  Check out Heather’s review of more of their flavors!



THIS QUICHE.  Make it with the crust, I swear you will thank me.  The full fat cheese and flaky golden-brown crust take this to another level.  We also had a huge salad on the side.



If you are not following me on Instagram, you must.  When I find new products, I have to share.  I gave this Halo Top Birthday Cake ice cream an 8.5/10 the first time I tried but now that the pint is almost gone, it would be safe to say it’s more like a 9.5/10.  Only because mine melted before I could get it home and thus is a little icy in spots (not sure if that’s my fault or the product so may need to try again with another pint).   I know this flavor is SUPER hard to find but I found mine at Whole Foods in Tampa.

Anyone else having just an amazing day and want to share that positivity with me?

Also, don’t forget to stop by more full day of eats on Arman’s blog today.



Week of Workouts

thumb_IMG_3035_1024Happy Monday Beauties!  I am compiling another week of workouts over the past week to give you a good idea of my current training and exercise routine.  Also, I am officially registered for my first triathlon, the 31st Annual Madeira Beach Triathlon on May 22, 2016!!  Yes, that’s less than 2 weeks away. 




I am really excited but also really NERVOUS!  I have never swam in open water before this past week and am just not the strongest swimmer.  However, my goal is to finish (and hopefully finish strong) but not to care about my placement.  I am competitive, so this will be hard, but I truly feel that I have awesome endurance and strength right now from my current exercise routine and don’t want to overload my body going into the next 2 weeks.

Monday: 0.25 Mile Ocean Swim + Full Body Strength Training

Incline DB Chest Press 4 x 12

Step-ups 4 x 20

Bent-over BB Row 4 x 10

Lateral Raise 4 x 10

Hip-thrusters 4 x 12

Tuesday: Upper Body Training (Back and Shoulder Focus) + Light Legs

Narrow-Grip Lat Pulldown 4 x 12

Straight-arm Pulldown 4 x 10

Bent-over DB Row 4 x 10

DB Deadlifts 4 x 10

Overhead Press 4 x 12

Upright rows 4 x 10-12

Side walking squats 4 x 20

Wednesday: Rest Day (Traveling)

Thursday: BodyPump

Friday: Legs + 10 Minutes HIIT on stairmaster

Smith-machine Squats – 5 sets – Set of 12, 10, 8, 6, 12

Walking Lunges with 70 lb BB on back – 4 sets – Sets of 24, 20, 16, 20

Lying Hamstring Curl 4 sets – Sets of 12, 10, 8, 12

Saturday: 60 Minutes Boxing

Sunday: Rest Day (My legs were screaming at me!)


And a rare work outfit since I traveled this week and I’m not always in workout clothes :)


NOTE: I plan to add in some combined workouts (Swim + Bike and Bike + Run) but don’t plan on swimming, biking, or running more than needed.  I don’t love the way my body looks or feel as energized when I do too much steady state cardio, and thus why I am choosing to not overdo it.  I will still continue to lift at least 3 times per week and throw in a class 1-2 times per week to keep my endurance high.

And to include some food pictures (because I am sure that’s why you are actually here!), below is the best meal I had this past week:


Whole Foods can do no wrong.

Have you ever done a triathlon?

What was your training technique?