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Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

Kripalu Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Pie

A source of essential vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, pumpkin can spruce up your meals while providing you with health benefits. The beta-carotene in pumpkin is a nutritious antioxidant, and a potent part of a health-conscious immune building diet. For a treat, this week’s Kripalu Recipe is an exotic pumpkin and [...]

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Posted on November 21st, 2013 by in Nutrition

Tastes of Thanksgiving

I can barely keep track of how many people are in my immediate family—somewhere in the thirties and growing, when you count siblings, spouses, their children, and their children’s spouses and kids. Yes, we got the “go forth and multiply” memo. I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving for several years now for those of my family who [...]

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Posted on November 15th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Squash Bisque

Today’s Kripalu Recipe for Squash Bisque is warming and tasty. Enjoy this healthy yet decadent version of classic squash soup. Serves 6. 1 butternut or buttercup squash 1 onion, chopped 2 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter 1 cup heavy cream or ¼ cup maple syrup 3 cups water or stock ½ tablespoon salt or to [...]

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Posted on November 22nd, 2012 by in Conscious Living

Vitamin G for Gratitude

You may have heard: Grateful is the new happy. Gratitude has broken past its usual Thanksgiving dinner table border, and is now popular all year long. Self-help books implore us to count our blessings, Facebook quote-picture memes remind us to appreciate what we have, and magazine articles stress the importance of giving thanks. But why?

Having written some of those articles myself, I can tell you that studies have found an “attitude of gratitude” can help with everything from healing from heart surgery to reducing pain. One chiropractic clinic assigned its patients a daily gratitude list; those who did it regularly saw a decrease in pain and an uptick in overall wellbeing.

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Posted on November 14th, 2012 by in Nutrition

How to Have a Nutritious Thanksgiving

With all the focus on overindulgence—of food and family—we often forget that Thanksgiving is, at heart, a day for giving thanks and being grateful. That said, let’s get back to the food. Some of us choose to “let go,” and eat whatever we want, giving ourselves myriad excuses: It’s tradition, it’s etiquette, it’s just so delicious! But Thanksgiving offers a bounty of ways to enjoy fresh, local vegetables, so while it’s okay to treat yourself, it’s also entirely possible to indulge but not overeat—and, even, put together an optimally nutritious Thanksgiving dinner that sacrifices neither taste nor holiday spirit.

Still, if you can, try to avoid flour and bread products, says John Bagnulo,PhD, MPH, who teaches nutrition in Kripalu’s Healthy Living programs. “This will significantly help reduce the tendency to overeat,” says John. “Grains and flour raise levels of leptin—the hormone that controls appetite and cravings—more than any other food after sugar.” We asked John to share his ideal grain- and cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal.

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