Friday Five

Happy Friday! This week flew by for me. Did anyone else feel like that? Sometimes I’m convinced that those days/weeks that feel really long or short actually ARE longer or shorter. Like the universe is playing a trick on us to see if we’ll notice. And, like, laughing and making fun of us. Dick move, universe!

Anyway, on to the Friday Five! I thought about making this a July 4th themed FF, but that technically isn’t until Wednesday, so I’ll do something early next week to commemorate fireworks, summer pies, and Bruce Springsteen. (That is what Independence Day is about, right?).

For now, enjoy these neat-o things from the world wide web.

1. Summer White Bean Salad

I love white beans. I love salads. And I strongly like summer (at the moment, it’s too hot for me to conjure truly amorous feelings). This recipe sounds light, crisp, and refreshing, and would be a perfect summer picnic/potluck/cookout dish to share!

2. The Human Cost of Factory Farming

I’m so glad this article exists. Although my path to veganism began with a love of animals, my politicization burgeoned as a result of my interest in (human) worker justice. This article discusses how factory farming hurts more than just animals—-workers are also subject to abuse.

3. S’mores Milkshake

I’ve literally had daydreams about this recipe after I saw it a couple weeks ago. WHAT COULD BE BETTER  THAN A S’MORES MILKSHAKE?! Oh right, a s’mores milkshake that is also vegan—-(make sure to use vegan marshmallows, the recipe doesn’t note that)—- and relatively healthy! By using banana instead of ice cream as the base, this is a treat for both your taste buds and your body. And it’s SO SUMMER, right?! Love. (!)

4. Polluting the Poor in Alabama

This article about economically-disenfranchised people in Alabama whose homes are being treated like landfills for toxic coal debris, is a must read. As it states: “More than two decades after the rise of the environmental justice movement, which aspired to protect disenfranchised Americans from the ill-effects of pollution, a disproportionate share of the nation’s filth continues to land on low-income and minority communities.”

5. Transitioning to a Healthy Vegan Lifestyle

I posted this video on the RGK Facebook this week, but I think it’s worth re-posting here. As I noted on my post, I tend to write on the blog in a way that makes veganism seem really easy. I don’t really give any “Vegan 101” tips, because I assume (probably incorrectly) that  most of my readers are vegan. I’m going to make an effort to be more conscious of that, starting by sharing this great “Transitioning into veganism” video from The Blissful Chef.

If you’re a regular reader, are you a vegan? Would you like to see more “Vegan 101” type posts? What are you up to this weekend? Any premature fireworks plans? Do you love Bruce Springsteen? Isn’t it great how totally random my “end of the blog post questions” (re: shameless attempt to get more comments, because comments make me smile!) always are?


8 thoughts on “Friday Five

    • raechel says:

      I’m sure that it will be! I really love that you emphasize *healthy* veganism…my original transition, ten years ago, was full of all that processed junk. So glad I’ve made my way to the whole food lifestyle!

  1. Lou says:

    Ha, comments are lovely, aren’t they?!

    I love the sounds of that milkshake (even though it’s Winter on my side of the globe!) Thanks for sharing that video – always interesting to get another perspective… and yes, I AM vegan (a whole foods one at that!) Love your work, girly :)

    • raechel says:

      Hi Lou! Comments are lovely indeed, so thanks for yours. ;)

      And comments from bloggers are super awesome because it means I get to discover awesome new blogs! Yours is great! (Omg, MUST try those popcorn balls!).

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