Friday Five

Hi everyone! If you’re reading from the States, I hope you had a lovely 4th of July celebration! If not, I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday (&Thursday)!

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

1. Healthier Cocktails from Everyday Health

I’m not a really big drinker, but there is something about summertime that makes me crave sharing a nice, refreshing cocktail with friends on a warm night. This list of healthier versions of some classic cocktails has recipes for all seasons, but I really want to try this “Skinny Strawberry Mojito” before the summer’s end!

2. Stop Keystone XL

Last week, the Obama administration approved the first portion of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which, as the friend who brought it to my attention noted, “is a particularly appalling way to extract oil.” Not only does this method “[emit] 14 to 20 percent more planet-warming gases than the conventional oil that is typically found in U.S. refineries,” but it will also destroy indigenous land, and will offset some of the progress we’ve made with fuel economy. You can read more about the negative effects here. And you can do something about it by sending a public letter (takes just a second, they write it for you) to the Obama administration urging them to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

3. Braised Zucchini with Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes & Basil

One of the most amazing things about summer is how very little it takes to prepare seasonal produce. A drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper is all you need for farm-fresh veggies, because they are flavorful enough on their own. This recipe from farm + house + table is so simple, and yet still looks (and surely tastes) beautiful enough to be the result of lots of effort. I can’t wait to try this—-farm fresh zucchini is one of my favorite foods!

4. Peach & Raspberry Tarts

Another gorgeous fruit dessert taunting me on the internet.  I made a peach pie for the 4th, but these cute little tarts from the Queen of Quinoa are inspiring me to get back into the kitchen for more peach pastry fun. (And of course, I wouldn’t be sharing if it wasn’t vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar free!)

5. 21-Day Meditation Challenge

A few times a year, the spiritual guru Deepak Chopra offers a free 21-day meditation challenge through his organization, The Chopra Center. I think I first heard about this sometime last year when my soul-sister at Absolutely Ayurveda mentioned it on her blog, but I wasn’t yet in a place where I felt like I could do that kind of work. (“Work” being meditation, because being still sounds like kind of intensive labor to me). But now that I’m almost halfway through yoga teacher training, and working through some other self-reflective practices, I think I’m ready to take this on. It starts July 16, so you still have time to sign up. Who wants to do it with me? :)

What’s your favorite summer veggie? Do you like summer cocktails? Did you eat pie this week? Do you meditate—will you take the challenge with me?!

10 thoughts on “Friday Five

  1. absolutely ayurveda says:

    Oooh! so happy we will be doing the meditation challenge together! i think you will really enjoy it and learn some fun tidbits of the other seven limbs of yoga to boot! and that zucchini looks amazing, eating that up this weekend :)

    • raechel says:

      Hooray! Yeah, so far we’ve only spent one day on the Eight Limb path in Teacher Training, but we’re supposed to get a bit more of that soon. AND we’re having a day on Ayurveda next Friday! : )

  2. FoodFeud says:

    I wish I could get into meditation I just…can’t sit still that long. Good luck! The zucchinis look awesome..just picked some up the other day – they really are such a great summer veg.
    Thanks for stopping by the blog – it’s awesome to find intelligent, like-minded folks out there!

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