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What Is A Healthy Eating Plan At Kripalu Yoga Center?

written by: Stephanie Mojica • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 5/30/2010

Visitors flock from around the globe to Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts each year. But some people new to the Kripalu world may not understand just what your food intake will be there. Learn more about what is a healthy eating plan at Kripalu with this guide.

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    Basic Food Quality

    The food that answers the question of, "What is a healthy eating plan at Kripalu yoga center?" may be different or similar to the fare you eat at home. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike should be pleased with the freshness and diversity of the offerings. Some particularly notable selections offered over Memorial Day weekend 2010 included homemade honey dijon dressing, potato onion bread, kettle-baked potato chips, tuna salad, salsa, guacamole, grilled chicken, and Mediterranean fish. If you're a vegetarian, don't fret; Kripalu offers extensive vegetarian options ranging from different types of tofu and stir fry to an extensive salad bar with fresh tomatoes and an assortment of other vegetables, fruits and homemade dressings including ume scallion.

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    Dessert Options

    Most of us like dessert, even if we are watching our weight or avoiding processed foods. Kripalu usually includes in its daily eating plan options like homemade cheesecake with strawberries as well as vegan desserts including cakes and sweet bread. Plus, consider grabbing a fresh peach, orange, grapefruit, or banana for your sweet tooth.

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    Vending Machines and Cafe Options

    The Kripalu cafe is open daily during set hours and offers a wide variety of healthy yet tasty snacks, including health food brands of potato chips and candies. The cafe also sells plenty of organic and filtered drinks, including a bottled creamy coconut rice smoothie, juices, and water. You can also stop by a vending machine to grab similar treats during the hours the cafe is closed, though if you really want a wider variety it's ideal to grab something from the cafe; the hours usually range from early morning to the mid-evening hours.

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    What You Won't Find

    You're not going to find traditional potato chips or sodas on sale at Kripalu. Nor is it likely you'll see slabs of beef on the buffet or traditional mayonnaise. This could be a great way to get off potentially dangerous sugars and products containing white flour.

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    Bringing Your Own Food

    If you have special dietary needs, you can consult with the staff in advance of your visit and try to make the appropriate arrangements, according to Kripalu's official website. But you may want to bring your own food, especially if you need certain foods and refrigerated medications for your health and well-being. The guest kitchen located on the fourth floor of the main building offers refrigeration and basic cooking appliances like microwaves. You can also find spices, a few dishes, sauces, and more.

    While no "food cop" will stop you from bringing junk food to Kripalu, remember that part of the experience of this almost mystical place involves healthy eating and trying new things. You may decide you like their variation of just what is a healthy eating plan so much that you pursue options like grated raw organic cheddar cheese or small toasted organic homemade baguettes once you return home.

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    References

    Kripalu: Dining at Kripalu: http://www.kripalu.org/guest_information/298/