Friday Five

Hey pals! Glad so many people liked the Almond Butter recipe! Let me know if you end up trying any other variations.

This week has been a doozey (sp?), so TGIF! (Insert obligatory moment to reflect on the glory that was the TGIF block of telelvision on ABC that included Full House, Step by Step, Family Matters, Dinosaurs, and, later, Boy Meets World. yessss).

Let’s get right to the Friday Five, shall we?

1. The truth about fats

I talked a bit about “healthy fats” in my almond butter post, but that was only the tip of iceberg when it comes to the debate around fat in the health/wellness world. Coconut oil, awesome or terrible? Avocados, five a day or one a month? Low fat or low cal? Neither, both? Ahhh! This article from Good Veg tries to provide some insight into the controversy.

2. Decaying Food=Art=Food Justice Awareness ? 

Yes, that is a picture of rotting strawberries. In a new photography series by Klaus Pichler, food is shown in various stages of decay in an effort to raise awareness about food waste. I too think that food waste, particularly in the US, is awful, but I’m undecided about whether or not I think this exhibit is effective in addressing that. What do you think? Read more/see more here.

3. Awesome Workout

I always think these workouts that are written out like this look sort of weak. There’s something about just seeing words on paper—-rather than seeing actual bodies doing the workouts, like in the videos to which I’m inclined—-that just feels like it won’t be that tough. How wrong I was. This workout from Fit Sugar is super amazing. I was a breathless, sweaty, muscle-shaking mess by the last round (they recommend 3-4 times through for advanced folks). I also suggest that if you don’t have a cardio machine for the first five minutes of cardio, do five minutes of dead man burpees. So.intense.! It’s sort of hard to read in the graphic below, so make sure to visit Fit Sugar to see the details!

4. Spring Tartine with Asparagus and Sweet Pea Hummus

Gena, from Choosing Raw, consistently delivers recipes that are beautiful, healthy, and delicious. Can’t wait to try her spring tartine! And if you’re gf, just skip the bread, and enjoy a little hummus, asparagus treat.

5. Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook

I posted this on both my personal FB and the Rebel Grrl fb, and I’m posting it here too because it is so wonderful. From the kickstarter website: “In Cooking in Heels, first time author Ceyenne Doroshow takes tradition to heart with over 50 recipes designed to be easy and inexpensive for the whole family to enjoy. As a transgender woman who was inspired to write her book while serving prison time for a prostitution conviction, Ceyenne might not seem like the most likely representative of home cooked family values. But her book, which is peppered with good humor and begins with the story of her life, shows that food and love are the ties that bind, and family is what you make it.”

The Kickstarter campaign already met their goal, but they are still happily accepting donations to make a better, more fabulous cookbook. Unfortunately, the cookbook isn’t vegan, but if you’re vegan for even vaguely political reasons, it’s important to understand food through multiple lenses of oppression, including cissexism, mass incarceration, and racism. Support this project!

Have a great weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Friday Five

    • raechel says:

      i do lift weights! i just did a jari love video today (she has the “Get Ripped” series)! but i am fascinated by weight lifters diet and training program. Right now I focus more on lighter weights (5-12 lbs, depending) and more reps. I don’t want to bulk up, but I do want to shred fat via muscle. let’s nerd out about it next time we see each other.

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