Friday Five!

Happy Friday! The first week of post-doctorate life has been pretty nice, and this weekend I get to go to Chicago! A dear friend and former roommate is getting married, and I am so excited to have another weekend reunited with some of my best friends. I’m sorta feeling like this a lot!:

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Before I go, the Friday Five!

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Mint Melon Peach Smoothie

I love the sound of this combination of this watermelon, peach, and mint smoothie from Vegan Yack Attack. I can’t wait til we get actual (consistent) summer weather here so I can bring watermelon into my life on the reg!

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New Bill Denies Food Stamps for Former Prisoners

This makes me completely outraged on so many levels. According to Colorlines, a new farm bill includes a measure that would make it ban SNAP (food stamps) from anyone who has ever been incarcerated. Just when I thought they couldn’t find a way to further disenfranchise a population of people, they make it happen. So disgusting and not doing anything to help with issues related to poverty, health, and nutrition. Ugh.

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Sugar Industry Ads

“In their new Mother Jones exposé, best-selling author Gary Taubes and independent researcher Cristin Kearns Couzens used internal sugar documents to show how the industry set about countering scientific evidence on sugar’s risks, commissioning studies by sugar-friendly researchers, and recruiting food and beverage companies—among them Coca-Cola, Nabisco, General Foods, and Quaker Oats—to help finance the effort. Here are a handful of decades-old ads designed to promote the wholesome goodness of sugar and its usefulness as a diet aid.” Yikes!

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“Best Ever” Vegan Basil Pesto

Julia from Lemon Stripes claims she has created the best ever basil pesto, and based on the whole food, vegan ingredients, I’m willing to give it a go! Basil pesto feels very summery to me, so I’m happy to add it to my list of things to make!

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Immortal Belobster

This is an old NPR story from 2007, but I just read it last night when someone posted it on FB. New or old it’s worth re-sharing because it reveals that LOBSTERS ARE IMMORTAL! What?! Apparently, “lobsters age so gracefully they show no measurable signs of aging: no loss of appetite, no change in metabolism, no loss of reproductive urge or ability, no decline in strength or health. Lobsters, when they die, seem to die from external causes.” If I put my cat in a lobster costume, can she please live forever too??

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How was your week? Any fun weekend plans? What summery dishes do you like to make during this season? Do you think that thing about lobsters is super cool or kinda creepy?

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12 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. Christy@SweetandSavoring says:

    Have a great time in Chicago! We’re celebrating a friend’s birthday tomorrow night and hitting the farmer’s markets and yard sales, nothing too crazy. I’m going to be making so much pesto this summer, all different varieties- with sunflower seeds, with white beans, with walnuts, with cheese, without cheese, throw in grape tomatoes….it’s so versatile!

    P.S. Cat/lobster is adorable.

  2. FoodFeud says:

    In re:yr last post CONGRATSSSSS!!! You certainly look the part of a doctor, although a little hipper than most of my professors.
    The no food stamps for prisoners makes me so sad. It’s just playing into a sad, vicious.unfair cycle. I wish there were something I could do. I’ve thought so many times about getting into food policy but it won’t happen until I go back to school. I ought to take a cue from you on that one.
    The lobster info is also…weird. They honestly kinda creep me out anyway, but it’s pretty cool (in the ew weird sciency kinda way.)

  3. Jess says:

    OMG I was so afraid of lobsters as a kid! I don’t even know why, but I guess the giant bug thing got to me? Luckily, I grew out of it. I had no idea they were, like, immortal. That is so freaking cool!

    Have an awesome weekend : )

  4. nikki says:

    Congratulations, Doctor! I’m glad you’re enjoying the post-doc bliss. And have a wonderful time in Chicago.

    On a sad note, the SNAP thing really gets me down. Just another example of the punishment vs rehabilitation mindset that’s taken over our (opposite of) justice system . If this goes through, it won’t help anything or anyone.

    And, back to lighter topics, I had no idea about lobsters! Very cool.

  5. Natalia says:

    The new farm bill is just outrageous. Yet another example of short-term “gains” being promoted over long term benefits, and harming so many people in the process. UGH indeed!!

    On the bright side, thanks for that lobster fact. Im TOTALLY pulling that out as my next “random fact to be told at a party” ; P

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