power panties + vitamin d = happy!

guest blogger: laurel house, quickiechick

bunnies are making even more babies, birds are tweeting their songs so loudly that they are waking you up in the morning, and flowers are blooming with such fervor that they are seemingly spitting their sneeze-provoking pollen everywhere! so why are you in such a bummer mood?

it’s time to edit your mood, boost your ego, and put a smile on your face! not so easy and turning that frown upside down? here are a few tricks to help:

ego: power panties

dudes have power ties, and chicks have power panties! let me explain… according to feng shui belief, the color red help to cup confidence, ego, and luck in all areas of life- including business. but you can’t always wear a glaring red suit to a meeting with a room full of muckety mucks. so instead i say wear red panties. yes, power panties! you’ll have the power of feng shui (plus that secret “i have on some seriously sexy panties on” smile).

get happy: vitamin d

i talked to a holistic practitioner who told me that i need to lay outside naked for 20 minutes- 10 on my back, and 10 on my stomach- so that the sun’s vitamin d can soak through my skin. because i don’t have a private backyard and i’m pretty sure that public nudity along a busy street is illegal in los angeles (or pretty much anywhere for that matter), i choose foods and supplements to up my d. what’s so great about it? d has been shown to help improve the mood, making you happy, fighting off seasonal depression, plus assist with both sleep and weight loss. sign me up!!! but here’s the kicker: you get d from the sun and from some, but only some foods. not that many foods are naturally stuffed with the stuff (though lots are fortified with it). a few d-rich foods include:

  • eggs
  • mushrooms
  • salmon
  • herring
  • tuna
  • sardines

get happy: popchips-spiked skinny tuna lettuce wraps recipe:

  • 1 can tuna
  • 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp relish
  • 1 tsp spicy mustard
  • 4 butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 share bag of sour cream & onion popchips - crushed

mix it all together!

some people like to make tuna sandwiches, but i’m not so big on bread, so instead i choose lettuce wraps. the extra necessary oomph comes in the flavor-packed form of a crunch – sour cream & onion popchips. the onions and sour cream pair perfectly with the tuna. it’s a flavor and texture explosion in my mouth- which is always a good and happy-making thing.

why laurel pops: i’m laurel house, a fit lifestyle author, personal trainer, and the “quickiechick.” no, not the late night booty call kind of quickie. my “quickies” are all about making the most out of every moment- whether it’s a saddlebag-burning “quickie workout in bed,” a metabolism-boosting “bites with benefits” meal, or how to get a $150 spa-quality skin peel out of a $1 tomato and lemon at-home refrigerator facial. my youtube videos have received over 7 million views and now you can get even more quickie tips in my new book “quickiechick’s cheat sheet to life, love, food, fitness, fashion and finance on a less than fabulous budget” (st. martin’s, may 2012).

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