Tag Archives: gluten-free
Posted on April 4th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Quinoa Egg Bake

Quinoa—a versatile, amino acid–rich grain—takes center stage in this recipe. Rich in B-vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese, it’s a great gluten-free option. The spinach, garlic, and onions are an immune-boosting trifecta while the eggs contribute choline, a nutrient important for neurological health. Makes one 9-inch baking pan. 1 small onion, [...]

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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 December 28th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Medical Insights, Nutrition

Gluten and Your Gut

More and more doctors are looking at food sensitivities, not just full-blown allergies (think peanuts or shellfish), as a way to understand chronic digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome. Ninety percent of all food-related allergic reactions in the United States come from just eight foods. They are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and [...]

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Posted on October 4th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

Gluten (the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) is a common trigger for digestive issues and is often linked to auto-immune conditions. With so many people trying the experiment of eating gluten-free these days—and noticing improvements—alternative ingredients like those in this recipe are now easy to get your hands on. This week’s Kripalu Recipe [...]

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Posted on July 5th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

Kripalu Recipe: Breakfast Smoothie

This is the foundation to my family’s favorite start to the day. It’s simple, extremely nutrient-dense, can be made with local fruits (as well as bananas when we want to include them)—and it tastes great! I recommend different versions of this raw breakfast for individuals who need to avoid various types of gluten or are [...]

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Posted on June 24th, 2013 by in Nutrition

5 Tips for Going Gluten-Free

Shannon Sexton, guest blogger Thinking about going gluten-free? The prospect can be daunting at first. It can be a challenge to find gluten-free dishes in restaurants, and cooking at home requires some creativity. But everyone can benefit from ditching gluten grains like wheat, barley, and rye and incorporating more nutritious grains like quinoa, millet, and [...]

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Posted on March 1st, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

A Vegan, Gluten-Free Breakfast with Quinoa

Beginnings are so important—and what better way to start the day than with a breakfast that fuels your vitality? This week, I offer you a vegan, gluten-free breakfast option: My favorite warm breakfast cereal, Millet and Quinoa with Dates and Almonds. Combine it with a warm herbal, white, or green tea, and breathe and relax [...]

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Posted on February 19th, 2013 by in Medical Insights, Nutrition

Gluten-Free for All?

For years, the medical community as a whole has resisted recommending a gluten-free diet to patients who have not tested positive for celiac disease, a digestive ailment that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients as a result of eating gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. At the same time, [...]

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Posted on December 28th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

The Nutritional Benefits of Grains

Grains have a wealth of benefits to offer, from fiber to plant proteins to phytonutrients and B vitamins. There is a caveat, however. You can only reap these benefits if you’re eating whole grains.

When grains are refined (a process in which the outer bran and inner germ are removed), they can be made into a wide variety of cheap foods that will last almost indefinitely, but deliver few nutrients. Refined grains act more like sugar in the body, which may make them easy to overeat. But as you make the switch to whole grains—and become more attuned to what real foods taste like—you can savor the fullness of a whole grain right down to the flavor of its germ. Your body, and your taste buds, will thank you.

You may have heard a lot about gluten lately, the protein responsible for the wonderful chewy texture of breads and other baked goods. It’s true that many people are sensitive to gluten, which has helped spark a deep exploration of gluten-free grains like millet and amaranth, and alternative sources for flour, like coconuts and garbanzo beans. But for the majority of us who digest gluten well, wheat, rye, and other whole grains with gluten remain a wonderfully healthful choice.

With a bit of inspiration and a willingness to get creative, it’s easy to tune into the allure of whole and gluten-free grains, and discover the ones you love best.

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Posted on December 7th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Healthy Holiday Cookies

My kids grew up in a natural-foodie household—that’s all they ever knew. Brown rice, tofu, stir-fry veggies, and a variety of comfort-foods-gone-natural were their bread and butter, so to speak. Given that I was pretty successful at making it all taste good, everyone was generally eager for dinnertime to roll around.

Until, that is, I’d bring out the desserts. Eschewing white flour, white sugar, butter, and eggs (and lacking any talent in working with their whole-grain vegan counterparts), my desserts in those days left a lot to be desired. I remember the fateful day when I produced yet another dense under-sweetened square I was trying to pass off as a cake, and my daughter looked at me and said, “Mom, just stop trying.”

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