I’ve decided to break up these weekend link posts into a couple different sections. I will try to have posts in the following topics each time I do a WLL: Recipes, Yoga, Pregnancy/Parenting, and Health (general).
Bacon & Green Onion Zucchini Pancakes - I made these yesterday for breakfast. My changes were: 1) halved the recipe; 2) instead of bacon in the pancake, we had pork roll on the side (pork roll is a Jersey thing); 3) I used gluten free flour in place of coconut flour, which I don’t have; 4) skipped the green onions (didn’t have); 5) added ground black pepper. They were great.
Super Easy Crockpot Chili. I am 7 months pregnant and it is cold outside. “Super easy” + chili + everything that goes with it (cheese, sour cream, simple and flavorful brown rice) make me a happy camper. This version also happens to have butternut squash – how could you go wrong? It’s on my menu plan this week. Might have to sub out that butternut for kabocha though.
Macrobiotic Ratatouille. Need I say more…
Carrot Scramble. Everything I’ve ever made from The Vegan Stoner has been pretty awesome and I would expect this to be the same.
A short history of yoga. If you have ten minutes and you want to know more about where the practice originated, this is a nice simple intro to yoga history. Here are a few key takeaways:
- Yoga originated ~5000 years ago, in India.
- Five sections of yoga history:
- Vedic Yoga - the earliest yoga, a way of life, similar to a religion;
- Preclassical Yoga – a continuation of Vedic, but this is when yoga really started to come into its own, with its own texts;
- Classical Yoga - aka lowercase a ashtanga yoga (8 limbed yoga), based on Patanjali’s yoga sutras (a book of 196 short statements yogis should live by);
- Postclassical Yoga – everything else that came after Patanjali! much more focused on the body; and
- Modern Yoga – 1893-; lots of “gurus” and the spread of yoga worldwide.
3 short yoga videos. Recommended by /r/yoga. I have not tried these yet but will do so this week in the morning.
Pregnancy & Parenting
10 books for the first year (boy, but likely gender-neutral). Great ideas.
Growing Up Unvaccinated. Great read (it’s pro vaccines).
Celebrating the Real Bodies of Mothers.
Men at Work for Women in Labor. An article about male doulas in the NYTimes.
GOOP’s Warming Winter Detox issue. From tips for staying warm (search for “Tips from Dr. Junger”) to Quinoa Stuffed Kabocha (this should probably go in recipes…), this whole issue is worth savoring! Can’t wait to add some of these tips to my winter way of life. First up? Taking a bath. Wearing warm socks sounds good too.
Hope you had a good weekend! Mine was full of organizing/cleaning (yesterday) and relaxing/yoga (today). I had to start a root canal on Friday (my first) so I was trying to stay low key to rest up afterwards.
I was going through my draft posts and came across a link love that I never put up. Thought I would share now, because though these articles may be a year old, they are still interesting and relevant. Since we are at the end of the week it’s kind of still “week end” link love.
The Case Against Kids. About a year ago (when I compiled these links) was around the time when I fully changed my mind about having kids (to YES, definitely). If you’d asked me a few years before, I was very much anti-kid (at least for me). Now – I hope to have one or two soon. Still a good read.
Why do zoo apes get heart disease? It could be diet, lifestyle, or stress. Interesting read.
Is Sugar Toxic? Probably, yes! Did you know the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar per year? This is an interview between Sanjay Gupta (a doctor who is a public health advocate) and Robert Lustig (an anti-sugar doctor who is famous with the paleo/primal/low-carb crowd).
Ova Ova. A really innovative (woman-founded) start-up that helps you (women) track your ovulation and fertility naturally (temperature, etc) via something called the Fertility Awareness Method. FAM can be used to get pregnant or to not get pregnant, ha.
Learning to Walk: How America Can Start Walking Again. Re: the lack of walking / public transportation here in the states.
Recipe: Paleo Singapore Street Noodles. Looks delish!
Homemade Deodorant. A simple recipe: baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot, coconut oil, Tea Tree Oil (optional). I currently use Soapwalla’s deodorant (which recently raised in price from $12 to $14! and I thought it was expensive before). Love Soapwalla, but it’s very pricey. I may try this next time I run out (very soon).
That’s all I have! Have you read anything good online lately?
Happy Wednesday! I’ve been meaning to share most of these links for-EVER so I apologize if they seem out of date.
Health & Food Articles
‘You Are Not So Smart’: Why We Can’t Tell Good Wine From Bad. In this exposé-ish article, the author reveals that expectations have way more to do with your opinion of a wine than the actual quality of the wine. Antics employed to test unsuspecting consumers and experts include dyeing white wine red and putting expensive stickers on cheap wines.
The True Cost of Healthcare. A site that gives an inside look at what medicines and treatments actually cost, how the costs are hidden (from both doctors and patients), and why people are excluded from healthcare.
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food. This is old news by now (from late Feb), but if you haven’t read this NY Times article on how junk food companies actually try to create food that is addicting, I highly recommend it.
Handvo: Indian Savory Snack Cake. My coworker brought this in the other day and it smelled amazing. We spent a few minutes googling for recipes. (Her MIL had made it.) I believe most recipes for this snack cake are gluten free.
Handava/Handvo. Another recipe for handvo that looks really good.
This Healthy Fruit Pizza (with oats and yogurt) looks easy and delicious.
And these Zucchini and Quinoa burgers sound interesting. I have not tried to make veggie burgers in so long, I can’t even remember when the last time I tried was.
Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones Recipe. Can’t wait to make this – 101 Cookbooks never disappoints.
Scones are possibly my very favorite food. The one pictured happens to be a kabocha chocolate scone from Souen (for my birthday back in 2010).
That’s all I have for today.
Bobby and I have had a crazy past 2 weeks. Between the two of us, we haven’t had a single free night. Tonight, the last of the planned evenings, we are going out to dinner with a friend who just found out the sex of her baby (it’s a girl!!) at Sakagura. And then, finally, we will have no plans at all after work (for a few days at least). I can’t wait to spend some quality time chilling out with hubby and the cats. Who knows, maybe we will even cook in (a rare event as of late). For example, last night we dined at La Maison du Croque Monsieur down on 13th street… Mm mm mm mm mm.
I do have lots of pictures of macrobiotic (and otherwise) eats that I must share soon; and don’t go away, more Macrobiotic March posts are coming right up.