Dear friends. Happy Friday! Let me tell you something. My week started out kind of rocky. I was dealing with a lot of emotional stuff that was partly a result of my school/work stuff, which is pretty much all-encompassing right now. But guess what? I snapped out of my funk with just a few simple tricks. Namely: (lots and lots of) yoga, nature walks, friends, and shifting my attention towards others instead of myself. Works like a charm.
So I’m happy to bring you this Friday Five with an earnest smile. Enjoy some treats and some other stuff!
1. Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Dandelion Green Pesto
I love everything about this recipe. Dandelion greens, buckwheat, and a vegan pistachio pesto?! How incredible does that sound? And I love that Lindsey served this on top of a big bed of greens. (Also, be sure to peruse around the rest of the dollyandoatmeal blog, for more amazing recipes, gorgeous photography, and amazing pictures of bulldogs!).
2. More on Monsanto
I wish that I didn’t feel compelled to post about Monsanto on the FF so often, but it’s some really messed up stuff that’s happening. On Tuesday, the president signed the Farmer Assurance Provision (what opponents are calling the “Monsanto Protection Act”). This article lays out five reasons why this legislation is very, very bad–(including that it was co-written by Monsanto and that it has no regulations against GMOs).
3. Spring Sweets!
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, you’ll probably want to make some of these adorable treats that have been floating around the internet in honor of this Sunday’s holiday (and the coming of spring in general). I love the sound of these Raw Easter Cookies from Vegan Yak Attack, Gabby’s amazing “Peanut Butter” & Caramel-filled Chocolate Eggs, and Laura’s Superfood Chocolate Easter Eggs (pictured below). All of these goodies are refined-sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan (of course).
4. National Farmworker Awareness Week: Is Cheap Food Good Food?
Did you know that it was National Farmworker Awareness Week? Not exactly a hot topic in the media, unfortunately. This video made in honor of the week gives a short, but powerful look at the cost of cheap food. “The link between the inexpensive foods we all take for granted each day and the farmworkers that pick and raise our food is often overlooked. However, a food system that is cheap, but is built on the backs of the poor is not moral and is not sustainable.” Watch here.
5. Crow Pose!
This is one of the most challenging poses for the yoga students I teach. Indeed, it took me months of my own practice before I was able to master the elusive “crow pose.” That’s why I was glad to find this video that Tara Stiles made for FitSugar. It covers a lot of good tips, but I would add a couple things: focus more on your core than your arm strength; and figure out where your knees balance best on your triceps: for some it’s on the sides, some it’s higher or lower.
Have you ever had soba noodles? Any thoughts on Monsanto? Any Easter plans? How is your crow pose?
(PS: I always crack up when I write those end-of-the-post questions because a friend of mine once pointed out that if anyone asked those questions in a row out of context, they would sound like a complete lunatic. So now I always imagine asking those questions to someone randomly on a bus. Hilarious. If you ever feel moved to do this in real life and then tell me about it, I will send you a box of treats. For serious.)