Awesome Things Thursday – May 1st

Hi there! How’s your week going? I’ve decided to start a weekly column called “Awesome Things Thursday”. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It will include things I’m loving and finding awesome this week. Hope you enjoy!

1. The Encinitas street fair with huge strawberries, to die for cookies like the Churro & Chocolate Covered Mint cookies from the Cravory, a juggling family performance, and a raffle ticket to win a car (fingers crossed!).

jugglers


Delicious Strawberries

The CravorySource

2. The most epic mother-son wedding dance you’ll ever see.

3. This tiny book I ordered that includes pictures from my birthday party. It’s really tiny, but I still love it!

Tiny Photo Book

Tiny Photo Book

4. No-bake energy bites like these

5. Finally updating my phone to the new iOS so I can download new apps. I just downloaded a meditation app called “Stop, Breathe & Think” as suggested by Katy. Excited to start using it!

Stop, Breathe, & Think

6. This “K” map I got from my friend, Shelley as a birthday present! You can see it on Etsy here.

Map of California

 

7. This article - 35 Things to do Instead of Spending Money. 

I’m off to work and Zumba! What are you loving this week? Let me know in the comments!

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4 Yummy Recipes to Make You Happy Going into 2014

A few months ago I posted about the “Top Foods That Make You Happy” and highlighted mood-boosting foods like salmon, chocolate, bananas, eggs, beans, mushrooms, asparagus, and nuts. I thought a great follow-up to that post would be to highlight a few recipes that include some of these happy foods! Here are 4 delicious recipes from my friend and fellow blogger, Lindsay from Weeknight Bite.

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5 Reasons to Find a Farmers Market near You

find farmers market near you

Do you have a farmers market close to you? I hope so! Farmers Markets are not only fun, they are also a great way to support your local farmers.

Here are 5 reasons to find a farmers market near you:

1) Get fresh & cheaper food from the farm

Farmers Market

The fruits and vegetables that you buy are sold directly to you without any need for shipping or sitting in storage. In addition to being fresh, a study for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont found that prices were lower for many conventionally produced grocery items at farmers markets than they were at supermarkets.

2) Ask for cooking tips from the people who know

Farmers Market FoodOften times the farmers and artisans selling food at the farmers market are happy to teach you about how to best cook their food.

3) Spread happiness in your community

Happy at Farmers Market There are so many people shopping and hanging around that it’s easy to strike up a conversation or even hand out a happy note. Sometimes there is even musical entertainment like this “Smiling Accordion Sensation”.

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Top Foods That Make You Happy

Mood Boosting Foods

The Top Mood Boosting Foods

Did you know that certain foods can actually have an effect on your mood? I didn’t until recently when I was trying to think of what to give out at our first Happster meet up. I wanted to give something that people would not just enjoy eating, but also positively affects their mood.

Here are my main findings about mood-boosting foods:

Vitamin B

  • These vitamins are also called “anti-stress vitamins”
  • They balance your mood and can help ease your anxiety
  • Some foods with vitamin B include asparagus, nuts, brown rice, bananas, and beans

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • They are known to be brain-boosting and help keep anger in check
  • There have been studies that show they may help fight depression
  • Some foods with omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, flax seeds and walnuts

Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D regulates serotonin, dopamine and other mood hormones
  • Studies have shown vitamin D can help combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Some foods with vitamin D include fortified milk and orange juice, sardines, eggs, mushrooms, salmon and tuna

Phenylethylamine 

  • Phenylethylamine is a mild alkaloid stimulant that your body produces as a byproduct of the amino acid phenylalanine
  • They lift your mood, perception and awareness
  • Some foods with Phenylethylamine include chocolate, eggs, soybeans, nuts and seeds

I don’t know about you, but I was particularly happy to see chocolate on the list of happy foods! I’m just scratching the surface with mood-boosting foods and am sure there is a much longer list than I’ve provided here.

Are there any foods that boost your mood?

Not an official Happster yet? Get free happy notes here: http://tinyurl.com/imahappster

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Sources:

omega-3 fatty acids: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=84

Mood Boosting Foods: http://www.elliekrieger.com/mood-boosting-foods

The Top 10 Natural Sources of Vitamin D in Food: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/sources-of-vitamin-d-in-foods#slide-5

Foods with Phenylethylamine: http://www.livestrong.com/article/528433-foods-with-phenylethylamine

Top Ten Happy Foods: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/joybauernutrition/top-ten-happy-foods