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Four Reasons To Smile More

Friday, May 27, 2016

When you first meet a person, what is the first thing you notice? Their eyes, height, hair color, what they're wearing, or their smile? I know for me, I like to look at people's teeth. It's kind of like an obsession. 

I grew up having many different oral contraptions that lead me to braces. Since then, I religiously wear retainers to bed. Not only do I value having a good smile, my oral healthcare is pretty important to me. We get one original set of teeth and it's one of the first things that people notice. 

This year (2016) is the year of taking my health into my own hands. I've shared with you the importance of practicing self-care techniques and how critical it is to schedule your annual professional eye exam. Now let's talk about oral health. 
Think of the daily strain you put your teeth through. We all know the saying, "But first, coffee". Coffee definitely isn't the best thing you could be drinking for your oral health. We cannot forget juices, smoothies, tea, sugar, etc. can wreak havoc on our pearly whites and can erode your enamel. So let's talk about two important things that help maintain good dental hygiene - a toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Outside of discussing the importance of taking care of our teeth and dental hygiene, we should also talk about why it is beneficial to smile. There are so many great reasons to smile, see below.

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Smiling can help reduce stress.
It's really that last thing you are thinking about when you are stressed or feeling overwhelmed. But if you can just force yourself to smile, it could actually help reduce stress. I like to think of it as positive thinking. 

Smiling can encourage others to smile.
It's like a sneeze - they are contagious. The same goes when someone smiles towards you, you tend to flash them at least the smallest of grins back. 
Smiling can add years on to your life.
Having a happy disposition can have an impact on your health and your life expectancy. There are two types of smiles, Duchenne and Non-Duchenne. A Duchenne smile is a true, genuine smile. You know, smiling with your eyes and this is the type of smile we want to aim to have to increase our life expectancy.

And most importantly, we are born with the ability to smile.
This is not something that is learned as a child. If a baby is born blind, they still have the ability to smile. So you have no excuse!

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What are your reasons to smile more?
Share a funny joke in the comments to make us all smile!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Blender Cinnamon Roll Donuts [no flour, added protein]

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A too good to be true blender cinnamon roll donut made with oatmeal and greek yogurt. It is satisfying enough to enjoy each and every morning. 

Let's talk donuts for a moment. Why are those sweet, buttery, sticky goodness rounds so darn delicious? Well at least I think they are amazing because I love all things sweet in the mornings.
Click to tweet: Baked donut made with oatmeal and greek yogurt!
I don't get a chance to eat donuts all that often, but really, that's probably for the better. While they taste so decadent and comforting, they don't always make for happy jeans later. Plus sometimes, that sugary sweetness just doesn't give me the energy that I need in the morning. Until now!

donuts, protein, breakfast

The first step to making homemade 'healthy' donuts is to find a recipe that is super simple to make - probably the blender cinnamon roll donut recipe I am sharing today will suit your fancy. Then you need to get yourself a donut pan, because baked donuts are so much easier to make.

donuts, protein, breakfast

These blender cinnamon roll donuts have protein powder, greek yogurt, and eggs to up the protein value, and I subbed oatmeal in place of traditional flour. Then I added a layer of sweet, cinnamon deliciousness because this is a donut after all.

Blender Cinnamon Roll Donuts [no flour, added protein]

Recipe by a traveling Wife
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Yield: 6 donuts
Calories per donut: 170 calories | 15 g Carbs | 6 g Fat | 14 g Protein | 4 g Sugar

  • 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Skim Milk, or milk alternative
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder, I used this
Cinnamon Sugar Layer:
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar, or sugar alternative
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Water
  • Optional Icing** powdered sugar and a splash of water
  • or protein powder and a splash of water

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Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease donut pan.
  2. In a blender, mix together yogurt, oats, baking powder, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and protein powder until well blended. Allow to rest for a few minutes.
  3. In a small microwavable bowl, melt coconut oil in microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and water.
  4. Pour donut batter in donut pan 1/3 the way up, then add 1-2 teaspoons of the cinnamon sugar mixture, and top with 1/3 more donut batter.
  5. Place in center of oven and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown and donuts bounce back when touched.
  6. Allow to cool in donut pan for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Mix together your icing - either powdered sugar with a splash of water or protein powder with a splash of water.
  8. Pour over donuts and enjoy!
donuts, protein, breakfast
Click to tweet: The easiest baked donuts made in a blender.
In other news, donuts and bagels might be a new go-to breakfast item because I will like be spending a lot of time away from the house trying to kill time. I know you are dying to know why. Well, a traveling Wife is hitting the road again and calling a new state home. That means selling the house and keeping it tidy and empty for showings. 

Yep, we are moving!

I shared on Instagram the news already. So if you are not already following me there, what are you waiting for?

Any guess to where we are heading next? We've already called Michigan, California, Indiana, and Maryland home - you have 47 more states to guess from. And if there is anything along the moving front that you'd love to hear the details of, just let me know. Want to know the ins and outs of packing, what it's like selling your first or second home, finding where to call home when you aren't familiar with a new city, searching and buying a home, etc - you name it and I can share all the details with you.

It'll be an exciting journey and I want to take you all along with me... Again!

What's your favorite donut?
Have you ever made blender donuts before?
What would you like to know more of about my upcoming move?
What kind of posts would excite you about moving?

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