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A Day of Happy Food

Life is extra chaotic for some people right now as they try to juggle the stress of working from home and trying to take care of kids. For some, it’s stressful because they’ve lost their jobs and are feeling super depressed. Wherever we fall on the spectrum, I think you’ll agree that we all need to take more time to do nice things for ourselves. Earlier this week I decided that I needed to have another “happy foods” day as a nice, fun little way to treat myself. (You may have seen me do this on Instagram a few times now.)

What is “happy foods” day, you ask? It’s simple: You spend the whole day eating and preparing foods that make you super happy. Because why not? We all deserve a little happiness and what better way to bring a smile to your face than to eat meals we enjoy?

My day started like most others, with a huge mug of green tea and a creamy bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit, nut butter, and a little dark chocolate. Oats are one of my favorite things to eat (any time, not just at breakfast), so I always try to start my day with a big bowl of this healthy, happy deliciousness.

Lunch was a quinoa-veggie bowl from my favorite local deli. It was packed with layers and layer of quinoa, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, tofu, greens, and eggplant “bacon.” This is one of my favorite things to order when I go there because everything is so fresh and flavorful. (Plus, they give you enough for like 2 meals.)

As an afternoon snack I decided to play with my new NutriBullet and try a recipe I found on Pinterest for vegan Snickers bars. I had to modify the recipe a bit and ended up making mini candy bites instead of full bars. It was a messy project that I probably won’t repeat, but I was still happy with how they turned out.

For dinner, I made noodles…again. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been hitting the noodles pretty hard these last few weeks. (Carbs = love) A staple of mine is to make soba noodles and toss them with tofu and veggies cooked in a spicy Korean sauce. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s always comforting.

Overall, it was a pretty nice day. There were plenty of things outside of my control, but at least I had a full belly and a few reasons to smile.

Do you guys ever have “happy foods” days? If so, what does the day look like for you?