Friday Five!

Happy Friday! Hope you all had a nice week! I’m off to a day-long pedagogy symposium, so let’s skip the jibber-jabber and get straight to the goods:

1. Carrot Cake Protein Bars


This is a selfish Friday Five feature…I accidentally bought the giant bag of carrots from Whole Foods instead of the small one, and now I am stuck with a crap ton of carrots that need a home (and my belly can only take so many in raw form before they go bad). I think I’ll whip up a batch of these gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan bars from 86 Lemons to make good use of them!

2. Food Forest in Seattle!

Guys! This is a thing!: “A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.” So cool!

3. Vegetarian Butcher in Brooklyn


I’m not a big fan of seitan due to my gluten sensitivity, but I appreciate that this “vegetarian butcher” says that his shop Monk’s Meats “doesn’t make fake meat” they make “real food.” Too often vegetarians and vegans rely on heavily processed protein substitutes, so seeing this video that features the care they put into creating their seitan was pretty cool. Check it out!

4. “Ag-Gag” Laws Ban Animal Rights Activism

Have you been reading about the new laws that are making it illegal for animal rights activists to film the footage inside factory farms? Ugh, our world, people, it makes me so sad. Here’s a good interview about this topic from Democracy Now! It features both sides of the debate—a rep from the Animal Agricultural Alliance who talks about how this is a matter of protecting workers and farm families on one side, and an animal activist who says these videos protect humans as much as animals, on the other.

5. Edward Norton “Woody Harrelson” on Grow Your Yoga

I love Edward Norton, I love Woody Harrelson, and I love Moksha Yoga’s mission to “take your yoga off the mat” through a 30 Day Challenge called Grow Your Yoga. “The 7 Pillars of Moksha Yoga form the basis of the challenges: Be Healthy, Be Peace, Be Accessible, and Reach Out. The challenges encourage participants to eat well, seek peace, communicate kindly with others, and reach out to support their communities.” Watch this amusing video and then check and see if you have any Moksha studios in your area. All proceeds will go to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.

Have a great weekend!

16 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. angela says:

    I almost moved to Seattle for school and #2 makes me even sadder it didn’t work out :/ But it’s SO cool for people who are lucky enough to live there! And there is always after graduation to move anywhere.

    The Ag-Gag thing has been on my radar for a couple of years. The only thing they will protect is profits. Having transparency in “food” production is so important for consumers and the animals.

  2. foodfeud says:

    Right on for Woody and Ed Norton. What hippies.
    The carrot bars look so great but I am still trying to stay away from them and not turn orange. Maybe in a couple weeks, I’ll cave. Also the food forest sounds brilliant! I’d love to see something like that everywhere!

  3. Natalia says:

    I couldn’t watch the Democracy now! video because, to date, I have never watched one of those videos of factory farms. The descriptions in ‘Eating Animals’ were enough, and if I watched the videos, I’d never sleep at night! Without knowing the arguments, I can only say that this seems a clear breach of democracy – and speaks volumes about the state of the farms.

    On a lighter note, those protein bars look great – exactly the kind of thing I could do with packing in my lunchbox for uni! And oohh, the food forest sounds like something out of a fairy tale!

    • raechel says:

      I know, those videos are so horrifying. The democracy now video was mostly just of the two people talking, I think they only flashed to some footage once or twice, but still, I understand.

      And yes, that fruit forest is totally fairy tale-esque!

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