Friday Five

Happy Friday, everyone! I have to make this quick today as I’m about to go teach my first yoga class at the prison. I really hope the men find it resonates with them in some way—-I’ll definitely report-back soon on the blog!

For now, enjoy these super cool things from the internet!

1. Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This salad sounds perfectly fall, and perfect for those of us who want to keep eating tons of raw greens, but are currently craving warmer, heartier autumn-fare. Jaclyn offers us a great compromise. Fresh greens, but full of add-ins and a yummy dressing that makes it tights n’ scarves weather-appropriate. (Note: that is indeed cheese you see in the pic; vegans, we just need to skip that part, of course!)

2. The Politics of Pumpkin

I’ve already expressed that I’m “tots obs” with pumpkin this time of year. That wild-eyed devotion has clouded my normally conscious mind a bit, as this article on Grist illustrates is fairly common. What does it mean that Americans carve up FOOD and let it rot on our porches? Talk about an example of gluttonous waste! And because they are so unlikely to be eaten, it’s rare to find an organic pumpkin, and sometimes hard to find them locally grown. So do we just make an exception with our food politics for Halloween?

3. Cinnamon Salted Caramel Sauce

Even the name of this treat leaves me kind of weak-kneed. Cinnamon Salted Caramel Sauce?! (But wait, it gets better…) Vegan Cinnamon Salted Caramel Sauce? (there’s more!…) Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan Cinnamon Salted Caramel Sauce!??! Yes, yes, and yes. And, it’s from a super-cute blogger, Baker Bettie (love her pin-up theme!), who’s doing a “Fall Comfort Food” series right now.

4. Reviewing the “Let’s Move” Campaign

A really interesting report was just released reviewing the administration’s anti-obesity efforts. Unfortunately, most findings point to more failure than success for the campaign Michelle Obama spearheaded to try to get children healthier. In an analysis of the report, Bridget Huber writes, “Observers put the blame less on a lack of goodwill than on the political realities of taking on the multibillion-dollar food industry, which has lots of lobbying money and friends in Congress and no qualms about fanning the fears of government overreach when it perceives a threat to its interests…. It also raises fundamental questions about whether the goals of public health and those of the food industry are at irreconcilable odds. Should those who seek to address the obesity crisis treat food companies as collaborators or as adversaries?” Good question.


THIS CUTIE-PIE! Mitik, an orphaned baby walrus, is now being housed in the NY Aquarium. Check out a story about Mitik, and a super-cute video. Then, check back to this pic every hour and just, like, feel pure joy and stuff. : )


Do you find it harder to eat salads when the weather gets cold? Do you carve pumpkins? Do you feel guilty when you carve pumpkins? (Did you used to not feel guilty, and now you do, and now you hate me?) Do you, like me, now want to figure out a way to have a pet baby walrus? (I already warned my kitty that she has a brother on the way).


3 thoughts on “Friday Five

  1. Christy Milford (@SweetSavoring) says:

    Don’t know how I missed this on Friday!

    That Grist article is so great- and something I’m sure 95% of Americans never even stop to think about. It’s crazy, especially having been places where people don’t even have clean water, to think about how much we take for granted here.

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