Smile! It’s Contagious

Do you ever smile at a baby soon to find them smiling right back?  Smiling is an innate trait that can certainly brighten up another person’s day.  Through observation, I have noticed that people who do not smile have much more miserable attitudes about life in general.  The benefits of smiling far outweigh having a sour face.  According to Dr. Mark Stibich, smiling not only makes us more attractive and approachable; it also signifies confidence, lowers blood pressure, and relieves stress.

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Today my eats definitely put a smile on my face! 🙂 Preparation for breakfast began last night for Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats.

The following mixture sat overnight in the fridge:

1/4 cup of Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup rolled oats

Splash of 1% milk

Drizzle of honey

Sliced Banana

4 sliced strawberries (added this morning before eating)

1 strawberry for garnish (and consumption)

Creamy & Cold

Make sure you use a large enough bowl if you make this.  The oats expand and I have learned my lesson of avoiding spillage.

Hot Chai Tea + Oats Bowl

Lunch was just as cheerful.

Salad + Crackers

Sorry for the blurry shot.  I made a salad using italian lettuce blend, chopped cucumber, chopped red pepper, 2 sliced strawberries, and 1 ounce of feta cheese.  Dressing of choice was Light Raspberry Vinaigrette.  On side I had 15 Triscuit Wheat Thins.  And the chocolate square went unconsumed and is still in my lunch bag currently in the freezer because it melted in my car while I was at the gym.

Green and Red Make for Beautiful Food Art

Feta Makes Everything Betta 🙂

After work I nibbled on a handful of these on my way to get my “swole” on.

Today’s work out included 15 minutes on the arc trainer, 30 minutes of my usual weight training with the addition of the low row machine.  I finished with 15 minutes on the true strider elliptical and a couple of minutes of stretching.

Keeping with my mood for enlightening food, I made a greek pasta dish that is sure to make you and your belly happy!


These ingredients were included in the dish:

Greek Pasta

1 lb. whole wheat pasta (boiled as directed)

1 cup reserved pasta water

3 tbsp. of olive oil separated

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 tbsp. minced garlic

1 pack of sliced mushrooms

1 medium  chopped squash (pre-roasted in oven)

1 cup grape tomatoes (pre-roasted in oven)

6 oz. feta cheese, cubed

1 small can sliced black olives, drained

10 dashes dry oregano

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions:  Add 1 tbsp olive oil to saute pan.  Saute onion for 4 minutes or until tender.  Stir in garlic and saute for an additional minute.  Add mushrooms and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water and cook until softened.  Next add pasta, feta, olives, oregano, red pepper flakes, and feta cheese.  Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil and remaining 3/4 cup of pasta water.  Toss well.  Gently add roasted tomatoes and squash.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir to distribute vegetables evenly and heat through for ten minutes on low.

Food That Makes You Smile

Grand Finale

My Dish

I added three sliced spinach leaves for some color on my plate, but certainly could have added spinach to the entire dish.

Greek Goodness

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While we are talking about smiling, some of my students made me smile today.  One girl said, “That’s why I like this class; because we can laugh!”  That made me smile.  🙂  I want my students to enjoy my class; so at times I smile and crack jokes.  Someone once told me, “NEVER smile until after Christmas” in front of the kids.  Who wants to live like that?  I do not want to be miserable and I do not want my students to be miserable because that only leads to more difficulties on both ends.

And another student gave me one of these,

Fleur De Lis Silly Band

AKA Fad Rubber Band Bracelet

….which also made me smile.  🙂

Question of the Night: What is one thing that you do to turn your frown 😦 upside down :)?  What puts you in a happy mood?

Exercising definitely puts me in a better mood.  Also, listening to music helps me cheer up.

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