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!:
Before I go, the Friday Five!
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!
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.
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!
“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!
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??
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?