It's been on my mind to revive What's Good Around The Web, since I know many of you enjoy reading it and I certainly enjoy sifting through nutrition news to find interesting and worthy reads. My thinking is it should become a monthly rather than weekly feature, since I'm making a concerted effort to focus on quality over quantity, and in addition to food, nutrition, and health articles, I'll also share some recipes that have caught my attention as well as some of the work I've been doing in other places.
When in doubt, donate
A lot of blog readers are also blog writers, so I'm sure many of you are aware of the heartbreaking loss of Lindsay and Bjork's baby boy, born at just 23 weeks. I don't know either of them personally, but like so many others I feel like I do thanks to the work they do on Pinch of Yum. Lindsay writes so honestly and radiantly it's easy to feel like she's an old friend, and the work she and Bjork do in supporting the food blogging community easily make them some of the most likeable people out there. At a loss for anything else to do for them, I made a small donation to March of Dimes in honour of their son, Afton. They have since come forward directing those who wish to make a donation on their son's behalf to a different charity that is close to their hearts.
This got me thinking: in December I donated to Together Rising, in January to March of Dimes. I should start donating on the reg. I can comfortably afford to make a small contribution to a worthy charity each month, and so, as part of my 2017 goal of rising up, I will. I have an idea for next month's donation already, but I'd love to hear what charities you're keen on supporting as well.
The Muffin Myth, in other places
I don't know if you guys know I've been writing some nutrition content for Hello Glow? I thought I'd share some of my favourites here, starting with this Fail-Proof Sunday Meal Prep Plan and the Ultimate Guide to Healthy Cooking Oils.
A little bit delicious
Photo from www.thelittleloaf.com
I've had a go-to brownie recipe that has served me well for over 20 year now. But a while back when Kate posted these Salted Panko Crusted Brownies I knew I had to make them, and they have without question replaced my old standby. If you love a deep, dark, gooey brownie, you have to make them. If you love the contrast of salty and sweet, you have to make them. Please, everyone, just go make them.
Another recipe I've had on repeat and highly recommend is Angela's Cozy Butternut, Sweet Potato, and Red Lentil Stew. It's easy, it's packed with good nutrition, and it's delicious. It also freezes like a charm, which is a good thing since I've twice made a double batch. So good.
Photo from www.kelliesfoodtoglow.com
My friend Kellie posted this vibrant pink green smoothie (you read that right!) back in November, and it's since become a regular fixture in my life. I'm always on the lookout for smoothie recipes that contain banana yet are still satisfying, and this one ticks all of the boxes. If you don't have the berry powders it calls for, don't worry, it's every bit as delicious without them. I've taken to adding a big chunk of fennel, and I highly recommend.
Lastly, have you seen this Creamy Toasted Coconut Milk from 101 Cookbooks? Woah. Game changer, amiright?
And now onto this month's selection of food, nutrition, and health reads. I hope you like them!
2. The conversation placebo: the simple conversation between doctor and patient can be as potent an analgesic as many treatments prescribed.
3. Americans were making a lot of progress cutting back on sugar drinks. But now that's stopped.
4. The best food to feed your microbiome as you get older.