Tag Archives: antioxidants
Posted on April 11th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

Kripalu Recipe: Red Pepper Polenta

Garlic has a range of cardiovascular benefits, protects against cancer, and can even help promote healthy weight, due to its flavonoids and a unique set of sulfur-containing nutrients, in addition to vitamins C and B6, selenium, and manganese. For good measure, bright lemons and red bell peppers are rich in a variety of detox-supporting, health-enhancing […]

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Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by in Nutrition

Spring: The Season of Detox

Spring is a natural time to clear away toxins so the body can reboot after a long, sluggish winter. “A detox diet is a way to clean house inside and out,” says Kripalu presenter Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, a plan that eliminates sugar, processed foods, grains, dairy, […]

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Posted on February 28th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup

This week’s Kripalu Recipe is an antioxidant-packed carrot-ginger soup. Make extra and invite the neighbors! Serves 4. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or Earth Balance 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, minced 1 large Spanish onion, chopped 4 cups sliced carrots 6 cups water or stock 1 teaspoon […]

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Posted on January 24th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Butternut Squash and Spicy Cilantro Pesto with Shrimp or Tofu

The fabulous flavor combo of cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and squash adds bounce to shrimp or tofu. Cilantro is rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, and has shown anti-diabetic, cholesterol-lowering, and anti-inflammatory effects in early studies. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of minerals and trace minerals, most notably zinc and magnesium. Enjoy today’s Kripalu recipe! […]

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Posted on November 1st, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Cranberry-Mandarin Muffins

One of three fruits native to North America (the other two are the blueberry and the Concord grape), cranberries are chock-full of health benefits. They contain proanthocyanidins, which help prevent the adhesion of bacteria associated with urinary tract infections, and emerging studies show that they also help inhibit bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach […]

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Posted on August 9th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in phenols, including the anthocyanins that give this summer fruit its bright-red color and antioxidant potency. Antioxidants protect the body’s cell structure from oxidative stress and other damage. Ellagitannins, another phenol in strawberries, has been associated with lower rates of cancer. Dark chocolate also contains phenols (cocoa phenols). Studies suggest that in […]

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Posted on June 28th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Avocado, Grapefruit, and Pumpkin Seed Salad

This salad is a unique way to make a meal with fruit as the centerpiece. The combination of avocado and pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) give this dish substance and crunch. Grapefruit and lime juice add sparkle and balance the flavors. Perfect for a warm summer evening or a special lunch. Serves two to […]

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Posted on November 30th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Food and Mood

Did you know that your brain is a reflection of the nutrients it receives from
 the biochemical information (food) you feed it? Your brain needs nourishment and whether you are upbeat or feeling blue is strongly influenced by how your “second brain” (your digestive tract) digests and absorbs the “information” you are eating. Thus, your mood is a mirror not only of what you eat but also how you digest!

Here are five quick nutrition tips to boost your mood and lift your spirit:

1. Nourish your “mood-cell membranes” with healthy fats such as avocado, wild fatty fish (sardines, wild salmon, or black cod), nuts, seeds, olives, coconut, and smart oils like extra-virgin olive oil.

2. “B-happy” by including whole foods such as beans, dark, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains rich in B-vitamins in your diet.

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