If you follow RFFMBT on Twitter or Facebook you know that I always post a “Motivation Monday” quote to get the week started off right! I realized that I have never posted my Motivation Monday quotes on my blog, so today… that will change! I love starting my week feeling strong, positive, and optimistic and sometimes all you need are some motivating words to make it happen.
Motivation Monday: “Transformation is not a future event, it’s a present activity” -Jillian Michaels
Today started off with a scrumptious smoothie bowl and a dysfunctional computer! I took my computer into the Apple Store for a Genius Bar appointment in hopes of solving my wifi issue. My computer has not been able to detect, pickup, or stay connected to wifi for the past couple of weeks and it’s been super annoying. I’ve actually had to plug my computer straight into the ethernet cord! How old school… haha So anyways, my computer ended up having all sorts of problems, so I said bye bye to my computer while it goes to the Apple spa for 3-5 days! AHHHH! Bear with me as I attempt to post from my iPad, and public library computers while my lappy is away on vacation! I will try to continue posting everyday, but if I am slow or go MIA, this is why (hence the late post)! Cross your fingers my computer is only gone 3 days versus 5!
Enough depressing talk about my beloved laptop and back to that scrumptious smoothie bowl! Today’s smoothie was so thick that it turned into an awesome smoothie bowl. I’m one of those people that could not live on juice because I would miss chewing too much. I love a good smoothie, but I can drink those babies in under 30 seconds and then start scavenging the pantry for something to “eat.” If you just read that last sentence and said “me too,” I have a solution for you! Smoothies are an excellent way to combine fresh nutritious foods with little prep time and zero cooking, but they can often disappear just as fast leaving you wanting more. Most smoothies are a meal within themselves, so they should leave you feeling full and satisfied. I have found a simple way to slow down my smoothie drinking pace by eating them out of a bowl with a spoon. I find that I eat slower, I can really enjoy and experience the flavor and texture of the food while allowing my body to feel full. To make sure that I slow down and enjoy my smoothie bowls, sometimes I add some RFFMBT approved healthy topping!
Allgood Provisions sent me some yummy samples of their Sundried Organic Utah Cherries which I generously topped my smoothie bowl with. I’ve been going cherry crazy lately, so this awesome little resealable pack of dried cherries is just the cherry on top. Ha. Thanks Allgood, I am loving my healthy grab and go snackity snacks! I’m not sure if I am the only one that obsesses over certain foods for certain periods of time, but it has been happening a lot lately (remember the carrot cake?)! I bought a huge bag of cherries, so I’ve been on a cherry kick making as many healthy goodies as possible. Don’t worry, if you’re sick of cherries, I’m almost out! I felt like pairing an unusual ingredient/flavor to todays smoothie for some morning energy: Green Tea!
If you’re not a fan of drinking green tea plain, you can sneak it into your smoothie to make a healthy energizing breakfast with countless health benefits:
Weight Loss: The polyphenol found in green tea increase metabolism by intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
Energizing: Has a stimulating effect from it’s caffeine content.
Anti aging: Can reduce wrinkles and signs of aging due to it’s rich antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Boosts immunity: The antioxidant polyphenol compounds called Catechins have been shown to boost your immune system.
Anti Carcinogenic: Catechins present in green tea neutralize free radicals to reduce the chances of cancer.
Reduces Cholesterol: Reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad.
Cherry Almond Green Tea Smoothie Bowl
6oz plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen pitted cherries
2-3 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 tsp green tea leafs
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
If you do not have loose leaf tea, open up a tea bag and measure out 1 teaspoon of green tea leafs. Combine the Greek yogurt, cherries, almond butter, vanilla, and green tea in the blender. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time to get the blender moving. Blend until smooth. Transfer smoothie to a bowl, top with 1 tablespoon of almonds or dried cherries and enjoy with a spoon.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Whole Grain: none, add 1/4 cup whole rolled oats if desired
Protein: plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
Plant Based Fat: almond butter
Warning: this is probably not the best idea for after dinner/dessert because of the caffeine from green tea… unless it’s finals week or you are working really really late that night!
DianaJuly 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm (11 years ago)
Ha too funny, I’m on a cherry craze right now too! Definitely having this for breakfast tomorrow. Hope there’s nothing too serious with your laptop, I know mine completely crashed 2 months ago & I felt lost 🙁
CatherineJuly 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm (11 years ago)
Cherries are so good!!! They are my favorite replacement for berries since I’m allergic! Ahh been there done that with the comp! Serious laptop separation anxiety!
DanielleJuly 24, 2012 at 4:44 am (11 years ago)
Looks so good! I love cherries in my smoothies! One of my favorite mix ins!
CatherineJuly 24, 2012 at 11:24 am (11 years ago)
Me too Danielle!
RachJuly 24, 2012 at 9:22 am (11 years ago)
MMmm… This looks delicious (surprise, surprise, coming from you). I’m sorry about your computer!
I have a question…. What’s your policy on giving credit/using your recipes? I’ve been making some and wanted to post a I LOVE THIS GIRL AND HER BLOG post with some of my successes. If it’s okay with you that I post a recipe, how should I give credit? I mean, at the very least, I’ll link back to the original recipe but yeah… And I wont post anything if you don’t want me to.
CatherineJuly 24, 2012 at 11:18 am (11 years ago)
Hi Rach! Aww thank you so much! You are welcome to share recipes and photos as long as your link back to the original post on my blog 🙂 xo
sunnshhiineJuly 24, 2012 at 10:23 am (11 years ago)
do you have any “eat more rabbit food” shirts available to buy yet? I’d love to buy a few!
CatherineJuly 24, 2012 at 11:28 am (11 years ago)
GuestJuly 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm (11 years ago)
Its been awhile since ive used cherries in smoothies. Maybe tomorrow ;O
SayraJuly 25, 2012 at 11:10 am (11 years ago)
I just tried this and it is amazing!!!!! Definitely one of my favorite smoothies!! Great job Catherine!!!
CatherineJuly 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm (11 years ago)
So happy you loved it, it’s one of my favorites too! xo
sarahJuly 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm (11 years ago)
How do we email you?
CatherineJuly 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm (11 years ago)
Hi Sarah! Due to a high volume of emails I am no longer accepting personal emails. You are always welcome to ask questions via comments on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter! Health & Happiness xo
sarahJuly 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm (11 years ago)
Thank you!! I will definitely ask you on either Twitter or Facebook! Thank you! <3
Eleanor PhillipsJuly 27, 2012 at 2:41 am (11 years ago)
I just ate my smoothie out of a bowl and you are SO RIGHT, feels way more like a proper meal! Hooray thank you! x
CatherineJuly 27, 2012 at 11:36 am (11 years ago)
I’m so glad that tip helped you Eleanor! xo
barbaraJuly 31, 2012 at 6:49 am (11 years ago)
awwwwwwwww that sound really nice for breakfast !! thanks for sharing 🙂 greetings from belgium !
IzzyAugust 1, 2012 at 8:06 am (11 years ago)
This looks aaaamaaaziiiing, what brand green tea did you use? Just curious, I buy a lot of green tea and always looking to try something new.
CatherineAugust 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm (11 years ago)
I love plain green teas the most. My favorite is Tazo China Green Tips!