From Our Friends: April 4, 2014

Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web.

This week’s edition includes five ways to indulge in fresh spring vegetables with fava beans, an infographic about mindfulness, a nutritious and satisfying raspberry smoothie recipe, how whey protein helps rejuvenate after exercise, tips for getting an urban garden going in a small space, ideas for upcycling old globes, the legacy and benefits of acupressure, and some motivation to conquer getting back in the gym after a long lapse. Enjoy!

1. Open the Chianti. From Fava Bean and Fresh Fennel Soup to Fava Bean And Goat Cheese Dip with Radishes, The Gloss Health shares five recipes that feature fresh fava beans and only a few bad Hannibal Lecter jokes.

2. With a beautiful infographic, HooplaHa reminds us that mindfulness can be practiced on the fly from any seated position, by simply focusing on one’s current physical state (breathing, bodily sensations and mental relaxation). Give it a try!

3. Antioxidant-rich raspberries fight free radicals, and have plenty of fiber, vitamin C, and beautifying manganese and vitamin K! Serve them up in a fresh smoothie and get the scoop on this health-boosting and fatigue-fighting treat just in time for spring at

4. Exhausted after exercise? Whey is a great source of energy to incorporate into your fitness routine. Learn how The Organic Whey builds back better and improves workout recovery now! (Don’t forget, The Organic Whey now available via too!)

5. Think there’s no way to have your own fresh veggies in the city? Think again! Just because you’re crammed into a tight cluster of buildings without any view of foliage or semblance of nature in sight doesn’t mean a garden is off the table. All you need is a window and a few supplies to start growing your own herbs and veggies. Here are EcoSalon‘s 5 tips to get started.

6. Acupressure might sound wacky, especially for Americans taught to seek healing in pills and procedures. But acupressure is not a New Age contrivance, Experience Life Magazine reminds us. It’s been around for 5,000 years and is based on ancient understandings of the body as both a physical and energetic entity.

7. There’s something so beautiful about globes– their color, their history, their texture, etc. You can find old or vintage globes at thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, and antique stores. Decorate them or you can do an awesome DIY craft with it! Crafting a Green World shows us how to upcycle a pretty globe.

8. It can be tough to get back into exercising after a long lapse. Fit Bottomed Girls guest blogger and personal trainer Mark Arana shares how to ease back into a fitness program if you’ve let exercise become a low priority.

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