Let’s Taco ’bout Cinco de Mayo

Just when I thought today was great because it’s Cinco de Mayo, I realized it’s ALSO Taco Tuesday. Ummmm, how deliciously fitting!

So I know when you think of Mexican food “healthy” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but trust me, not all Mexican food has to be bad for your waistline! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday tonight with these festive lightened-up tacos!

Spicy Korean TacosSpicy Korean Tacos
A vegan take on Korean street tacos from one of my favorite food trucks in LA, the Calbi truck! Made with my favorite Asian hot sauce Sriracha, tofu, cabbage, carrots, tofu, sesame seeds, sesame oil, wrapped up in fresh corn tortillas!
>>Get the recipe here<<

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: cabbage & carrots
Whole Grain: whole corn tortillas
Protein: tofu
Plant Based Fat: sesame oil & sesame seeds
Free Extras: vegetable broth, Sriracha, and tamari
Black Bean Fajita TacosBlack Bean Fajita Tacos
These low sodium, low fat, gluten free, vegan tacos are a favorite on my blog! Made with fajita style vegetables, sallt-free seasonings, black beans, homemade guacamole, and served in warm corn tortillas!
>>Get the recipe here<<

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: bell pepper & onions
Whole Grain: whole corn tortillas
Protein: beans
Plant Based Fat: avocado
Free Extras: jalapeño, garlic powder, lime juice, vegetable broth, fiesta lime seasoning

Balsamic-Tofu-Pineapple-Avocado-TacosBalsamic Tofu & Pineapple Tacos
Take your tacos tropical with a combination of pineapple, avocado, and tangy balsamic glaze for a mouthwatering combination of flavors! This recipe is vegan, gluten free, low sodium, and low fat yet full of flavor!
>>Get the recipe here<<

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: pineapple
Whole Grain: corn tortillas
Protein: tofu
Plant Based Fat: avocado
Free Extras: balsamic and honey mustard

 

No-Sugar-Added-Paloma-CocktailPair your tacos with a Skinny Paloma (no Sugar added) by one of my favorite bloggers and fellow Dole Ambassador: Brittany from Eating Bird Food (I love bird food and rabbit food, obvi!)! If you haven’t checked out her blog, do it now!

 

mango-margarita-frosty-30Looking for a virgin drink/mocktail for Cindo de Mayo? My friend (and another Dole Ambassador) Kathy from Healthy Happy Life has the most amazing Juicy Mango Margarita (Mocktail) for all of you bunnies!

Have a fun and safe Cinco de Mayo!
Health & Happiness
xo-Catherine

Maison Du Soir

Maison-Du-Soir-1My breakfast bowl: 1 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 apple, 1/2 banana, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup rolled oats (or granola!) for texture in the bottom of the bowl.

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown:
Produce: apple and banana
Whole Grain: rolled oats
Protein: greek yogurt
Plant Based Fat: chia seeds

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Since I work from home, I’m very lucky and get to spend a lot of time in comfy clothes (and stare at my super cute corgi). Sometimes, that means jammies all day… and I’m not ashamed! Right now I’m really into matching PJ sets. There’s something so fab about a luxurious set of sleepwear. It feels so grown up! Beside the fact that Maison Du Soir pajamas are ultra soft and super cute, they’re also designed by local Southern California girl boss, Courtney Kates. Courtney created Maison Du Soir (French for “House of Evening”) with the belief that sleepwear should echo your daywear style. The best part? Each piece from her collection is cute enough to wear during the day right after you roll out of bed!

Maison Du Soir pajama sets make the perfect gift for brides, bridesmaids, and mommas (don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 10th)!

Where to buy Maison Du Soir
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Broke My Laptop!

Hi Bunnies!

Soooo last Tuesday I was helping Matt move and my laptop fell out of my car straight onto the concrete and did a cartwheel. I literally started ugly crying within seconds thinking about all of the videos I had just shot for YouTube and recipe photos I had just taken that were not yet backed up. I grabbed my computer and opened it up and nothing was happening. It wouldn’t turn on and wouldn’t even make a sound, so Matt drove me to the nearest Apple store where I repeatedly sobbed and ugly cried the entire way. When we walked in, there were no appointments available and there was a walk in wait of 5 hours. But by some miracle as I was talking to the Apple Genius, someone had just cancelled their appointment and I was able to snag it for 40 minutes later! Matt and I grabbed lunch at Urban Plates (highly recommended) and then went back to Apple for my appointment where the Genius magically got my computer to turn on, although the screen still would’t work. After a few minutes he was able to hook it up to an external monitor and run some diagnostic tests on the hardware and two thin digital lines appeared on my screen (THERE WAS HOPE!). He thought that the wiring that connected my screen may have become unattached when it fell and that could’ve possibly been the only problem because the hardware seemed to be passing the tests. Then he moved my laptop screen a little bit and BAM the entire screen turned on like normal and the it was working like 100% again, WHAT?! The Genius that was helping me told me that since it seemed to be working ok there was nothing he could do and that I should take it home and back it up immediately.

Catherines Broken ComputerOf course, the second I took it home and opened it, it stopped working again. UGH! WHY WHY WHY! Plus, two out of three of my USB ports were completely smashed during the drop, but thankfully I was able to use the working one for my backup hard drive. I was able to get my computer to turn back on and stay on long enough (with a flickering screen) to automatically back up to my external hard drive once I plugged it in and then made another Genius Bar appointment (next available was Sunday!). Soooo long story short I went back to Apple and my computer was sent away to the apple gods for $600 (and that was with apple care). So the moral of this story is back up your computer weekly and put it in a soft case when traveling!!!

Sorry I haven’t gotten back to comments recently, I have been using my phone for social media for the past week and was just able to borrow my sister’s spare computer today to write this post! My blogging platform does not cooperate with my phone when I write or edit posts, so I apologize for taking so long!

I’m still planning on creating new recipes this week and as long as I can borrow my sister’s computer, I am good to go!!! Have you ever borrowed someone else’s computer and it’s like you don’t even know how to use a computer anymore? Their trackpad is setup different, they use “tap to click” instead of actually clicking, the mouse moves slower, their scroll settings scroll the opposite way, their homepage isn’t google, images don’t save to their desktop and all of the sudden your downloads are lost in Narnia? Ya that’s how I feel right now as I’m using my sister’s computer. It feel so freaking foreign. Like when you go to someone’s house and you cannot figure out how to turn on or use their shower…

Trying to use someone elses shower

Please send prayers to the Apple Gods hahaha! #savecatherinescomputer
Health & Happiness
xo-Catherine

Coconut Chia Pudding

Hi buns!

Thank you SOOO much for the sweet comments on my last post. I cannot tell you how much you lift me up. Sometimes it’s challenging to write about how down I am and the fact that I’m not where I really want to be, but it’s part of life. It means a lot to me that some of you mentioned how much you appreciate my honesty when I post these kinds of things. I appreciate your supporting more than you even know. You guys are 100% the reason why I love this blog so much!

I’ve been enjoying spending some time with Matt since he got home (Sunday) after a month on tour in Europe, so I’m finally going to respond to all of your comments tonight : ) I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pick him up at the airpot last Sunday night but I surprised him and popped out of the back seat of his parents car! He was totally shocked, I got him good!

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Chia seed pudding is one of the easiest healthy snacks to make. You literally throw all of the ingredients in a glass jar, refrigerate it overnight, and it’s ready for you the next day! Easy peasy! And you guys know I love easy no fuss recipes!

Some of you may still be new to chia seeds and pretty intrigued by them, or possibly scared of them! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Soooo, what exactly is a Chia seed?
The Chia plant (Salvia hispanica) is a member of the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds are often eaten raw, but can also be soaked in liquid to form a gelatinous mixture. Chia seeds can also be ground into a powder for baking!

What do they taste like?
Chia seeds don’t really taste like anything. Their flavor is practically non-existent, but he magic is in the texture. When combined with water or liquid, they absorb 9 times their weight in water, forming a gel-like consistency. They are great in smoothies and oatmeal because they add texture and a thicker consistency. The proof is in the pudding… ha ha ha

Why Chia?
Chia seeds are an amazing source of plant-based fat, and are especially high in Omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. They also contain a large amount of fiber, which aids with weight loss by keeping your stomach feeling full. Last but not least, these tiny little seeds are filled with magnesium, potassium, and powerful antioxidants to help rid our bodies of free radicals. Talk about big things in small packages!

Depending on the brand, 1 Tablespoon of dry Chia seeds tallies up to about 55 calories, 5g of Fat, 5g of Carbohydrate, 6g of Fiber, 3g of Protein.

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Serves 2

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I like So Delicious)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 Tbsp maple syrup

1. Whisk together coconut milk and maple syrup in a glass jar
2. Stir in chia seeds.
3. Cover jar with lid and refrigerate overnight.
4. Top with fresh berries or enjoy plain.

Note: If you use sweetened coconut milk, you can omit the maple syrup.
Tip: The longer you leave your chia seed pudding in the fridge, the thicker it will get!

Banana Nice Cream & Vegan Magic Shell

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Outfit Details:
Original Romper (sold out): Forever 21  |  Romper (Similar): Shoptiques

Cooking Appliances & Utensils:
Mini Food Processor: Cuisinart  |  Small Blender: Magic Bullet  |  Mini Spatula: Sur La Table  |  Glass Container: Sur La Table  |  Cutting Board: Boos Block

Hi bun buns!
I am SOOOOOOOOO excited to share this video recipe with you guys! As you’ve noticed I’ve been really into desserts recently, and this one is pretty much an all time favorite.
Side note: If you’ve ever wanted to see me with a bad hair day… you’re welcome, it’s now documented in this video. YIKES! Sorry for the lion’s mane!

Remember Smucker’s Magic Shell Topping?! The chocolate syrup that quickly hardens into a crispy shell when poured onto ice cream? I used to LIVE for nights when my mom would let my sister and I put Magic Shell on our little ice cream sundaes. My sister and I would carefully drip the syrup in little designs over our ice cream and watch it harden only to crack it with our spoons seconds later. I’m feeling really nostalgic with this recipe!

Now, you can have your own homemade magic shell! It’s vegan, gluten-free and is made from only 3 ingredients! Andddd it gives you a totally acceptable reason to play with your food AND eat ice cream all day because this ice cream is actually good for you! This is NICE cream! This is one of my secret weapons to fighting a late night sweet tooth. Freeze a banana overnight, blend it up in a food processor, and BOOM. NICE CREAM. You can’t go wrong, you can’t eat too much, and you can’t feel guilty, it’s just fruit!

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Banana Nice Cream:
2 ripe bananas

Vegan Magic Shell Topping:
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp maple syrup

For full instructions, check out my YouTube video!

1. Peel and chop bananas into small half inch slices.
2. Place banana slices in a freezer safe container overnight.
3. Transfer frozen banana slices to a food processor and blend.
4. Continue blending the banana until smooth. Stop the food processor and smash the banana towards the blade as needed until well combined. Set aside.
5. Combine room temperature melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup in a small blender and blend until well mixed. You can also hand whisk the ingredients.
6. Scoop Banana Nice Cream into a bowl and pour magic shell syrup on top as desired. Let it harden (about 15 seconds) and enjoy!

On a personal note:
I’ve been having a bad week. To be honest, I’ve felt really depressed and watching this video back made me so critical of myself. I feel like starting a YouTube channel was a huge step for me because of my body image insecurities, but seeing myself on camera has been rough. I didn’t know it would be so emotional. After my friend Kevin and I filmed this yesterday, I watched the footage back and cried. CRIED. Recently I’ve picked myself apart and been stuck in a downward spiral. A rabbit hole of sadness if you will. I’ve been trying so hard to crawl back out of it, but if you’ve ever been there, you may relate when I say how challenging it is to do so. I just thought it was important to share what I’m going through right now since you guys have been on this roller coaster of a journey with me. I’m trying really hard to get through this little hurdle and stay busy and positive. It’s hard, but it’s possible!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!
Health & Happiness
xo-Catherine

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