From Our Friends: March 1, 2013

Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, our weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts from the past week and more from our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes articles on why it’s important to take breaks while working, the antibacterial properties of coriander oil, why cauliflower is the new kale, a gluten-free cookie recipe, what to eat before and after workouts, and how to hydrate chapped winter lips! 

1. Go ahead, take a break! That’s the philosophy for employees at Google, who spend 20 percent of their work hours doing what they please. Taking breaks helps the brain have a “eureka” moment, where its best ideas are often realized. To read more about why taking breaks is important visit Experience Life.

2. Cilantro makes a great topping for tacos, but that’s not all this tasty green herb is good for. Oil from the seeds of cilantro, (coriander oil), is found to have antibacterial properties. Cooking with this oil, some suggest, may decrease the number of food borne illnesses. Read more about coriander oil on Mightynest.

3. Kale seems to be everyone’s top veggie of choice, but is there a new winter vegetable in town? Cauliflower is another great winter vegetable that is very versatile. It can be eaten raw, steamed and even made into soup. Visit Blisstree for more about the many uses for winter’s new star.

4. Gluten-free is a growing trend. If you have a gluten allergy or are simply choosing to be gluten-free, a good gluten-free cookie recipe must become past of your cook book. For a gluten-free banana raisin cookie recipe, head over to YogiTimes.

5. Deciding what to eat before and after a workout can be tricky. Before, you want something that will provide you with lots of energy during you workout and after, you need something to help your muscles rebuild and recover. Check out The Organic Whey‘s list of energizing and replenishing pre/post workout foods.

6. Winter weather, while beautiful, wreaks havoc on skin and lips! Not to worry, though – our friends at EcoSalon rounded up 5 best ways to beat winter chapped lips. Visit EcoSalon for the best balm recommendations. 

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