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The Kripalu Kitchen

Dining at Kripalu

Your meals at Kripalu are prepared by people who care deeply about the health of the planet and our bodies—and they are passionate about creating engaging, flavorful food.

The Kripalu Kitchen uses high-quality, all-natural ingredients to offer an array of nutritionally sound choices at every meal. Whole grains, fresh vegetables, and legumes form the backbone of the menus, with fresh poultry, fish, and dairy products as optional protein sources.

Meals are served buffet-style. Fresh salad fixings and a selection of delicious salad dressings are always available, as are our famous freshly baked breads. Additionally, the Ayurveda-influenced Buddha Bar offers simple preparations of legumes, grains, vegetables, and an assortment of balancing condiments.

Kripalu Nutrition and Food Philosophy

At Kripalu, we believe it is possible to transform your health through deepening your awareness and understanding of food and nourishment. The Kripalu approach to nutrition combines knowledge gained from current research with the wisdom of the yogic tradition, which views food as a source of prana, or life force. Our nutrition and food philosophy is grounded in four elements: quality, discernment, intention, and connection.


We encourage you to select the most nutritious, least processed, freshest foods—local, seasonal, and organic—whenever possible. These foods, as part of a flavorful plant-based diet, create more energy and vitality for you and your loved ones, and align you with the rhythms of nature.


We support diverse dietary choices, and we believe that you have the ability to be the best source of wisdom for your body’s unique needs. The instincts that guide you toward healing and balance naturally arise when you approach eating through the practices of mindfulness and compassionate self-observation.


When we bring gratitude, joy, curiosity, and love to everything we cook and eat, we are reminded that food is a powerful medicine and a source of life-giving energy. The act of eating becomes a celebration, and we are inspired to share this with others.


As we become aware of the ways our food choices and consumption affect our relationships with the environment, society, and the people closest to us, we strengthen our sense of interconnectedness with the planet and our fellow human beings.

Kripalu Kitchen Recipes

Our recipes are created and offered by the Kripalu Kitchen and often include information on the health benefits of select ingredients. Our new Kripalu Cookbook by Kripalu Executive Chef Jeremy Rock Smith, is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, ibooks, Indiebound, and in the Kripalu Shop.

Learn more about our first cookbook. 

Special Dietary Needs

Our mission in the Kripalu Kitchen is to offer delicious meals to our guests that help to create health and vitality within each individual and for our planet. We understand that the foods that create health and vitality will be slightly different for everyone, so we strive to offer many options to choose from.

Our menus are posted on the Information Boards at Kripalu as well as at the entrance to the Main Dining Hall, please take a moment to look them over when you are here to help you plan your stay. All of our meals are served buffet style and every dish is labeled with a complete ingredient list. While we ask that you be responsible for reading labels to identify any potential food allergens, we want you to know that we have a special awareness around several specific food requests. We work hard to balance our choices to include options for our guests with some of the most common food sensitivities, including gluten, dairy, and nuts.

What We Serve
In addition to a buffet line that offers all-natural poultry and fish products at some meals, we always offer an exclusively vegetarian line. Both main buffet lines include soup and an entrée plus grain, bean, and vegetable side dishes. There is also an extensive salad bar with raw vegetable options, cheeses, seeds, and specialty made salads. All of our salad dressings are homemade and most feature extra virgin olive oil.

Buddha Bar and Sandwich Bar
In addition, we offer a smaller buffet we call the Buddha Bar, which offers vegan, gluten-free, simply prepared dishes like brown rice, millet, or quinoa; steamed vegetables; and simple bean and vegetable dishes.

For the sandwich lover, we offer a sandwich bar with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and a Panini maker so you can create your own melted wonders. There is fresh fruit and homemade bread available at every meal along with peanut butter, jelly, and rice cakes.

Gluten Sensitivity
For guests coming who have a sensitivity to gluten you will be assured to know the steps we take to ensure your dining pleasure: we use only wheat free tamari (soy sauce), our miso is also gluten free, all of our herbs are gluten free, we offer gluten free hot and cold cereals every morning and the Buddha Bar is 100% gluten free. While our bakery is not a gluten-free bakery, we do offer a gluten-free bread option at all meals.

Animal Protein
Animal proteins are available in several ways each day. There are hard boiled eggs available at breakfast in addition to a prepared egg dish on some days. The Sandwich Bar is open every lunch and dinner and always has a meat option (tuna, chicken, or turkey). Our main line includes a fish entrée two nights per week and a chicken entrée two nights per week. All-natural chicken or turkey dishes are available for lunch several days per week and the salad bar offers plain unsalted canned, water-packed tuna every lunch and dinner.

While we are not available to custom cook for you, we do hope we have provided enough options to satisfy your dietary needs. You are welcome to bring any supplemental foods with you that you feel you may need. There is a small kitchenette available for guest use on the third floor. It has a refrigerator and freezer as well as a sink and microwave.

Our Staff

Your meals at Kripalu are prepared by people who care deeply about the health of the planet and our bodies—and they are passionate about creating engaging, flavorful food.

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