Instagram: 6 reasons why you do my day to day

Instagram is at the top of the daily enjoy list for me. When I started using Instagram, I was looking for inspiration and motivation for cooking. 99.9% of my photos are of foods that I have created. The reason for this is to demonstrate that preparing delicious and healthy meals does not require a chef trained by the Culinary Institute of America, nor many fancy ingredients. I like my meals to be simple and tasty, which is why the hashtags #KeepItSimple and #KeepItTasty. There is no reason to tarnish the flavor of your food ingredients with items that do not enhance the flavor of the dish or serve a purpose.

Along the way, Instagram took on a different role in my daily life. The inspiration and motivation were still there, but the inadvertent comedy rose to new levels. Before I discuss the images that are my favorites, let me just say that I love to laugh and these images help take the stress out of life, even for a few moments. If you are on Instagram, I think you can agree with these photos that they make you laugh when you scroll through the images on your iPhone or iPad.

Top 6 Reasons I Go to Instagram Every Day

Photos of The Artist in the Cafeteria

We have all seen these photos. The one in which the barista, is that what they call him at Starbucks? Decides that he is either bored or a starving artist and turns your cappuccino into a canvas. You see heart shapes all the time, but I have never seen a face or an animal. These pictures always make me laugh because I can imagine the person ordering their cappuccino in hopes of tasting that steamed milk and hot coffee and relieving their stress and heart results. Who decides which barista gets the heart? Why did the person on Instagram decide that another picture of heart-shaped milk should be posted? We understand. Coffee as art. Let’s go!

Quest Bar Pictures

I’m not sure when the Quest Bar became the face of healthy eating, but if you visit a healthy feed there is almost certainly a picture of a Quest Bar. And it’s not enough to just be a Quest Bar, but this product has been chopped and put into cookies and cakes, crushed and thrown into yogurt and so many other variations of its use that this post would be too long. I’ve never owned a Quest Bar and most likely never will, so can’t comment on the taste. Why do Instagram photos make me laugh? They are everywhere and you can’t go a day without seeing a photo of them.


I mentioned the photos of coffee barista artists above, but you can’t go a day without photos of Starbucks mugs. It can be just the outside of the cup, it can be the inside of the cup. I’ve even seen pictures of the inside of the Starbucks. I look at them and think: you bought a Starbucks coffee and somewhere between paying and drinking you decided you needed to photograph it, but did you try it first? Did you sit down to talk with your friends and stop the conversation to take the photo? I have a lot of thoughts floating in my head and I laugh because I am making a conversation that most likely is not taking place, but in my mind it is and is hilarious.

Cup cake

This is my third favorite photo on Instagram. I’m not sure why it makes me laugh when I see them, but they do. I guess inside I’m thinking: when you can’t bake, microwave. Perhaps you secretly want to make a cup cake. I’m not sure, but I’m sure that when the photos appear on Instagram, I laugh my guts out. I can say that I have seen some wonderful mug cake creations like the molten chocolate mug cake. That’s amazing in my mind, but the old man I poured in 1 egg, protein powder, and whatever else and voila, I ‘baked’ a protein cup cake just made me laugh out loud.

green smoothies

These just kill me. They’re on Instagram in droves and they make me laugh because my thinking is: Wow, you know how to use your blender. It’s culinary sarcasm, of course, but how many images of green smoothies can a person see before thinking: great, now try cooking those greens in a different way or way? I know smoothies are quick and I make them too, but when I make them I don’t share them on Instagram because I did nothing but add water, vegetables, and fruits to my blender. I want my Instagram feed to be inspiring and motivating for people to go to the kitchen to cook, but with that said, if a green smoothie gets someone started on the road to health, then I totally agree. Let me be clear and say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with green smoothies or smoothies in general, it’s just that when you see 20-50 images of green smoothies per day, you have to laugh.

Seflies before, during or after workouts

These are my all-time favorites. The flex pose photo is the best, but today I am introducing you to my friend Marlene from Mission To A (other) Marathon because her selfies almost had me hyperventilating. I love when she posts pictures of herself from her office bathroom after a sweaty walk or run and her face tells the whole story. My favorite picture of Marlene is with her swimming goggles as she looks like those guys in Despicable Me and therefore my nickname for her is Despicable Marlene. Selfies are the gift that keeps giving because you know you’ll see dozens of them at any given moment and one is more fun than the other. Do you wait until the bathroom is clear to take the photo? Don’t mind if the bathroom is cluttered?

These 6 reasons are why Instagram will always have a place in my daily routine. How you can’t laugh at some of the things you see on Instagram is beyond me. There’s a ton of inspiration and motivation, like the 21-day sugar detox that I’ll post about on Monday, but some of them are comical too. I really enjoy following people on my feed to come up with creative ideas for cooking, going to the gym, and making me laugh.