Tag Archives: nutrients
Posted on December 5th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Kale with Pepitas

Nutrition-wise, kale needs no introduction. The health benefits of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) might be less well known, but they’re also nutrient-dense, most notably in zinc and magnesium. Nutritionist and Kripalu presenter John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, recommends that men eat pumpkin seeds or pumpkin-seed butter regularly to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. This week’s Kripalu […]

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Posted on September 19th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Quinoa Avocado Salad

Once maligned for their fat content, avocados are now considered a superfood, great at helping reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease. Research shows that eating one avocado a day has a dramatic effect on blood lipids—without causing weight gain. The fat in an avocado is largely monounsaturated and contains a group of phytosterols that reduce […]

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Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Lemon-Roasted Asparagus with Caper Dressing

Besides being delicious, asparagus is good for your brain. In a study at Tufts University, adults with healthy levels of folate (found in asparagus as well as leafy greens) performed better on tests measuring cognitive function. Asparagus also has loads of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins—as well as flavor. This week’s Kripalu Recipe is a zesty […]

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Posted on September 27th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Arame, Kale, and Almonds

This week’s Kripalu Recipe of Arame, Kale, and Almonds is tasty and nutrient dense (lots of nutrients per calorie). But this recipe is also a skillful combination of good sources of calcium (kale and almonds), with a good source of inulin (onions), a fiber that enhances calcium absorption. Serves four. ½ cup dry arame 1 […]

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Posted on February 8th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu House Dressing

The Kripalu House Dressing has been a guest favorite for years. Enjoy it over salads or steamed vegetables. Here, John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, discusses the nutritional benefits of sesame tahini, a star ingredient in the Kripalu House Dressing: Sesame tahini provides an excellent source of copper—a trace mineral critical for the body’s production of its […]

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Posted on November 10th, 2012 by in Nutrition

Find Peace from the Struggle to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Why do so many of us struggle to maintain a healthy weight? One of the top culprits, says integrative nutritionist Annie B. Kay, MS, RD, RYT, in her R&R retreat lecture A Natural Way to Healthy Weight, is the typical American diet, which is loaded with sugar, heavy on processed foods, and doesn’t include much fiber. One of the major factors in finding balance, Annie says, is to examine our choices and explore new options that could be more beneficial to our health—and waistlines—in the long run.

In order to maintain a healthy weight, Annie says, it’s necessary to first look at what’s on our plate. “Whole foods are healers,” Annie says. “They supply us with a sustained energy balance, unlike high-sugar, processed foods, which take our blood sugar on a roller coaster ride.” To help us foster this sustainable energy, Annie suggests shifting from a grain-based to a green-based diet, avoiding white flour and other simple carbs, and stocking our kitchen with foods high in nutrient density—foods packed with more nutrients per calorie, such as fruits and vegetables. Nutrient-dense foods also have the bonus of keeping us full longer.

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