A happy Friday to you all! I’m reporting to you from my hometown of “the Cleve” (land, Ohio), where I’m enjoying both an academic conference and also family/friend visiting! Win, win!
Even though I’m traveling, I won’t leave you hanging without a list of five awesome things from the internet. I know your weekend depends on it. ;)
1. Superfood Guide from Vega
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Brendan Brasier and his vegan Thrive diet program for athletes. This week, the Vega team (Vega being Thrive’s sort of “brand”), sent out a free PDF guide to superfoods. You know, all those weird sounding things like “chlorella” (how anyone can see this an not think of chlorine is beyond me), and “maca.” But it also covers the benefits of simple whole foods we all know, like apples and avocados (every wondered why exactly they’re so good for you?). Enjoy your free download here.
2. DIY Sprouting
I’ve seen quite a few guides to sprouting that claim to be really easy, but look mega confusing. This how-to post from The G-Spot Revolution (love her risque blog name!) actually looks pretty doable. I adore sprouts, so I am definitely going to try this soon!
3. Gluten Free Naan
Leanne from Healthful Pursuit has been working on this recipe for a while, but she finally perfected it enough to share it with all of her readers, and I’m soooo excited to give it a try. Since doing my first CLEAN detox, it became clear that I feel a lot better when I avoid gluten. Giving up bread at restaurants was easier than I thought, but I tend to still really want naan with Indian food, especially because it helps cool down some of that spicy heat that I adore about the cuisine. I’ve ended up eating and enjoying naan with my meal, but regretting it later when I was left feeling uncomfortable and bloated. Leanne has given me a solution! Thank you, Leanne!
4. Skittles profit from tragedy
Like many people across the nation, the news about the murder of Trayvon Martin has been weighing heavy on my mind. Although I do try to keep depressing stuff on this blog to a minimum, I think it’s important to discuss, and, it just so happens, it actually connects to a food issue. This article from the New York Times discusses the ethics of using Skittles as a cultural symbol for the unjust killing. Like the hoodies worn by millions across the country, Skittles have made their way into marches and rallies in support of Trayvon, as this is the candy he had just bought from the store when he was shot. The article asks interesting questions about what it means for Wrigley (who now produces Skittles) to profit off of this tragedy. What are your thoughts on this? What does it mean for a cultural symbol of both honor and protest to be connected to the sales of a corporate candy?
I cannot get enough of this video and these pictures of this adorable Black-Footed baby cat, “the smallest of the wild African felines.” It was born in a zoo, and I’m not a fan of zoos, but it does seem like it’s getting some good TLC right now. Watch, melt, repeat.