This 3-ingredient recipe from a happiness expert sparks joy in more ways than one


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Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin’s weekly podcast with her sister—Elizabeth Craft—never fails to serve up happiness tips that are at once effective and simple. Recently on the appropriately titled The Happiness Project, after Rubin’s best-selling book, the expert in all things joy dished out a “chaffle” (yup, that’s cheese waffle) recipe that’s been bringing glee to her tastebuds. And, here’s the best part: it only calls for three-ingredients.

Rubin, whose currently eating low-carb, explains that her trainer introduced her to the snack-slash-toast-alternative. To try it for yourself, just combine one egg, a spoonful of almond flour, and a handful of shredded cheese.  Heat up your electric waffle iron—and watch the magic happen. Rubin’s voice practically bubbles over with excitement as she says: “I’ve had one or two a day. They’re delicious. They take, like, one minute to make; they’re super healthy, super low-carb; and they’re very, very filling.” If that’s not a ringing endorsement from someone who’s dedicated her life to the pursuit of happiness, then I don’t know what is.

“I’ve had one or two a day. They’re delicious. They take, like, one minute to make; they’re super healthy, super low-carb; and they’re very, very filling.” —Gretchen Rubin, happiness expert

Although Rubin doesn’t specifically call eggs out as a mood-booster in the episode, it’s important to note that yolks and whites in your chaffle are working to boost your mood. You see, eggs contain vitamin D, which helps your body produce serotonin (the happiness chemical). They also contain B12 and folic acid—both of which may help ward of depression. So, yes—the chaffle will make your cheese-loving tastebuds dance, but you also may find yourself with a sunshine-y mood to match those golden waffles.

Eggs are nature’s multivitamin, FYI:

Speaking of beyond-easy recipes, why not serve up some banana eggs or try this mad-delicious “‘liquid gold’ sauce.

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