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Egg White Berry Crepes

Oaks at Ojai Egg White Berry Crepes Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created these guest-favorite Egg White Berry Crepes, in a very unique way. Forget the butter and flour, these use egg whites and milk powder for a thin, light, and very spa like crepe, the perfect vehicle for your favorite berries or fruit.
May 15, 2016 |

Ananda Spa Seeded Granola Bars

Ananda Granola Bars These guest favorite Granola Bars are courtesy of Ananda Spa in the Himalayas. The executive Chef, Narenda Sharma, carefully creates recipes for guests which feature wholesome ingredients, like oats, coconut flour and seeds.
January 5, 2016 |

Cold Oatmeal with Yogurt and Fresh Berries

muesli - cold oatmeal We first learned to love cold oatmeal in Hawaii, of all places. We were intrigued by the cold, creamy scoop of what locals were calling muesli after the dish of soaked grains and dried fruits made popular at the turn of the century by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital. 
June 4, 2015 |

Mountain Trek Gluten Free Cinnamon Granola

cinnamon granola The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Gluten Free Cinnamon Granola served to guests for breakfast.    This delicious recipe is perfect for breakfast because it’s easy to make and can be stored for weeks.
June 2, 2015 |

Greens and Herbs Frittata

Greens and Herbs Frittata Savory, aromatic, and light, the Greens and Herbs Frittata is a rustically nourishing way to begin your spring morning. Transport yourself to a wide, tiled-floor kitchen overlooking lush Italian countryside as you dig into this hearty, yet light dish. Bright, fresh herbs awaken your sleepy cells as eggs provide the energy you need to make it through a busy day. Deceivingly simple, a frittata gives the impression that you spent the morning slaving away in the kitchen. 
May 24, 2015 |

Mountain Trek Power Shake

Green Smoothies The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Power Shake served to guests for breakfast. It is filled with required nutrients and packed with strong protein to help begin a balanced morning. 
May 1, 2015 |

Southwest Grits | Movara Fitness Resort

Movara Fitness Resort - Dining A scoop of these savory Southwest Grits is a guest favorite breakfast side at Movara Fitness Resort in Utah, where they are served with Carrot Cake Waffles, but don’t restrict them to breakfast.  Try these grits with a salad or dinner entree, as well, in place of another starch.  Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
April 1, 2015 |

Carrot Cake Waffles | Movara Fitness Resort

Movara Fitness Resort - Dining These colorful and tangy Carrot Cake Waffles may just become your favorite breakfast, perfect in any season.  They are popular with the guests of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah, where they are served with a dollop of Southwest Grits for a filling and savory brunch.   Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
April 1, 2015 |

Caprese Eggs Benedict | Movara Fitness Resort

Caprese Eggs Benedict If you are an Eggs Benedict fan, you will love this healthier version with a winning Italian caprese flavor profile, courtesy of the Executive Chef Sam Baker of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah. Serve it for a Spa Sunday Brunch! Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
April 1, 2015 |

Healthy Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole Vita Vie Retreat is a wonderful Boot Camp Fitness and Wellness program in Delray Beach, Florida.  Here, they share a recipe for a Healthy Breakfast Casserole.  “I like to make this casserole not only because it tastes really good but also because it’s really convenient in the mornings. This feeds 2 of us for 3 mornings. I usually make 2 casseroles each week and mix up the veggies that I include in each way. Great way to get protein, fat and veggies all in one breakfast!”
October 23, 2014 |

Banana Vanilla Porridge – Eden Health Retreat

banana vanilla porridge Cool weather has its own special reward though and generally it’s a time to balance out that summer activity with a little restorative balance. It’s also time to change over from our cooler summer foods to our warming winter ones which is nature’s way of making sure we nourish our bodies in a seasonally appropriate way.   I have the perfect recipe for starting your day.   This Banana Vanilla Porridge is warm, nutritious, health-giving and hearty!   High fibre, great for cholesterol and super for energy.
October 10, 2014 |

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal Oatmeal is one of our favorite comfort foods. It is delicious savory or sweet, thick or thin, sweet or unsweetened, and can be used in a myriad of different recipes to add fiber, texture, and heft. Is it a health food? Yes. The number of benefits afforded by incorporated oats in your diet would require a lengthy post, indeed.
March 16, 2014 |

Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Muffins

gluten free blueberry muffins Blum Center for Health (located just moments from Doral Arrowwood Hotel Conference Center in Rye Brook, New York) uses their expertise in Food as Medicine, Mind.Body.Spirit and Functional Medicine to custom design your treatment program. Classes offered include Nutrition in the Kitchen as well as cooking gluten free, and cooking with children.   Guest favorite recipes includes Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Muffins.
November 5, 2013 |

Banana Pumpkin Smoothie

pumpkin banana smoothie This recipe is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a for-women-only health retreat in the green hills of Vermont. This rich smoothie is a guest favorite for breakfast. This smoothie is based on pumpkin — a Super Food, and dense and creamy Greek Yogurt, which gives great “staying power” for the morning.
October 14, 2013 |

Canyon Ranch Crepes with Fruit

Fruit Crepes Crepes are a terrific alternative when you have a craving for pancakes. The batter is thinner and lighter than pancake and waffle batter, and makes a delicate wrapper for fillings, which can include fruit, ricotta cheese, or even cottage cheese.
September 27, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Breakfast Burrito

breakfast-burrito Breakfast burritos are an easy, wholesome and portable breakfast, and while most will have a decent number of protein calories, the frozen or fast-food variety are usually laden with cheese and fatty meats.  This version lightens the whole affair without sacrificing any flavor. They freeze well, so can be toted to work for a quick breakfast before your day begins.
April 8, 2013 |

Breakfast Bread Pudding

bread pudding with raisins This easy-to-make bread pudding freezes very well (after baking and cooling) and therefore can be made ahead of time and popped in the microwave to reheat for a fast and healthy breakfast. It can also be made into muffins. Just mound the mixture into each of 12 sprayed muffin tins or custard cups and shorten the baking time by about 5 minutes.  This makes it also a portable breakfast.  Take it to work and leave it in the freezer so you have something nourishing in a few minutes time.
March 25, 2013 |

Coconut Honey Granola

Coconut Granola This tasty high fiber granola gets it natural sweetness from coconut and honey, instead of brown or refined or artificial sugars. We liked it with chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds, but you can substitute sunflower seeds, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds as well, which goes well with coconut. Granola tends to get a bad rap from those who want to remind everyone it isn’t a health food.  In the sense that it isn’t a low calorie food, that’s true, but it’s a good calorie food with the “satiety” factor.   You can eat a bowl with almond milk, but as…
March 4, 2013 |

Structure House Wellspring Baked Oatmeal

oats Structure House in Durham, North Carolina is a respected residential weight loss program founded upon the philosophy that achieving and maintaining weight loss goals is the result of changing the way overweight individuals think about nutrition, exercise and the role food plays in their lives.   This recipe is popular with guests as a hearty breakfast with great “staying power.”
February 2, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Breakfast Sausage

Breakfast Sausage This recipe for healthy breakfast sausage is courtesy of Chef Devin Alexander and The Biggest Loser Cookbook. You’ll truly be surprised how easy it is to make your own pan sausage. Lower fat, higher flavor, easily customized to your liking with more or less spices, and no mystery nuggets or gristle bits.
October 4, 2012 |

Biggest Loser Breakfast Sopes

Biggest-Loser-Breakfast-Sopes Another take on a popular Tex Mex breakfast, this one has staying power, as most egg dishes tend to have.  Black beans, eggs, fresh salsa, and feta in a masa shell — it’s family approved and perfect for brunch with guests.
October 17, 2011 |

Peach Melba French Toast with Raspberry Sauce

Peaches When peaches are ripe, we find no additional sweeteners are required for recipes using this summer fruit.  For that reason, this French Toast recipe is easy to adapt to a no-sugar-added. If you use frozen or canned fruit for the dish or the sauce, be sure to select no-sugar-added or sweetened with fruit juice, only. 
August 15, 2011 |

No Sugar Added Nine-Grain Pancakes

Nine Grain Cereal Built before the turn of the century, the Yardley Inn and Spa in Manti has all the warmth and charm of an old English Country Inn with European-style Spa Amenities. Elegantly furnished with antiques combine the convenience of today with the ambiance of yesteryear, but updated with an intimate spa, outdoor garden, library, fitness room, and solarium.  These pancakes made with nine grain cereal are a guest favorite.
September 20, 2010 |

Spinach Ham Quiche with Vegetarian Option

Spinach Quiche This started life as a Vegetarian Spinach Quiche recipe for the now closed Mandala Wellness Retreat in Georgia. Each Monday night the hosts gathered with friends to make a Vegetarian Supper and this was voted the best spinach quiche recipe. We updated it with fresh spinach leaves in place of frozen and chopped cooked ham, but either with meat or vegetarian, it’s a winner.
April 19, 2010 |

Broiled Cinnamon Grapefruit

Broiled-Grapefruit This is one of our favorite low calorie breakfast fruits. Broiled Cinnamon Grapefruit is terrific with or without the brown sugar.  You don’t need much, should you choose to use it.  Try coconut sugar or date sugar, if you prefer.
December 1, 2008 |

Pearson’s Pond Hot and Healthy Ham Quiche

Ham Quiche Prize-winning quiche from the kitchen of Pearson’s Pond Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn and Garden Spa in Juneau, Alaska — used in their Healthy Start Spa Program in Alaska. This is especially good for those with low tolerance for lactose, cholesterol, and fat. This is very quick to fix and holds over well. Delicious served at any meal (with fruit at breakfast or salad for lunch and dinner). Can easily be used as appetizer when cut in cubes or formed in bite size muffin pans.
June 25, 2008 |

Lite Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby I think pancakes are hard. Not the recipe. Not the batter.  It’s the browning. I want them to be a perfect diner-style brown. Not mottled and uneven, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t master the technique.   I used to make pancake bars by baking the batter and then cutting, brownie style, and that worked great. But now it’s all about the Dutch Baby.
February 14, 2007 |

Green Mountain Country Style Frittata

whisked-eggs This healthy frittata recipe makes an easy and appealing lunch or brunch dish. Start with eggs and cheese, then add vegetables and herbs from the late summer’s garden for an endless number of combinations. Green Mountain says “Garnish this frittata with Chunky Tomato Salsa and serve with a mixed green salad or Waldorf Salad and a whole grain roll for lunch, or pair it with a fresh fruit cup and an Oat muffin for a Sunday brunch.”    Courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run — a for-women-only health retreat in the green mountains of Vermont.   Be sure to…
September 17, 2006 |

Spa Style Easy Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole Take the stress out of entertaining with this great do-ahead dish for your next breakfast or brunch get-together. Our Easy Breakfast Casserole can be made 1-2 hours ahead or even the night before. Also, the recipe can be doubled easily for bigger crowds. Experiment with other vegetables such as sliced mushrooms or chopped tomatoes and/or other fresh herbs.
April 23, 2006 |

Mushroom Zucchini Frittata

Fritatta by Apolonia This is from the Wooden Door Spa, a working woman’s health and diet retreat (the name was in gentle and fun response to the much more glamorous Golden Door Spa, in California) located on the shores of Lake Geneva, north of Chicago, in the 1980s.
April 4, 2006 |

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

oatmeal blueberry pancakes Oatmeal pancakes are good all year around, but summer is the time of year to make a blueberry version. These sweet juicy berries, high in fiber and antioxidants, are at the peak of their season.    Green Mountain at Fox Run, Ludlow, Vermont, is the country’s foremost women-only healthy weight loss program. It offers a practical, livable healthy lifestyle approach with which, for the past three decades, women have discovered how to lose weight and keep it off.  They maintain a complete collection of recipes from their book “Recipes for Living” on the website. We highly recommend you visit.
September 15, 2005 |

Ham and Egg Cups

ham and egg cups This basic comfort food breakfast is actually perfect spa fare.  High in protein, low in fat, and adaptable to a variety of tastes — adding salsa and chili powder for a south of the border taste, adding spinach and ham for a florentine taste, or adding swiss cheese and bacon for “Quiche Lorraine” inspired egg cup.  Whatever your taste, this little cup of breakfast is attractive and comforting for one, for the family, for a brunch or shower, or part of healthy eating day.
March 16, 2005 |

Ricotta Frittata

Ricotta Similar to its cousin Cottage Cheese — but much lighter — Ricotta is creamy white in appearance, slightly sweet in taste, and contain around 13% fat.  It makes a great protein source for our post-WLS readers, and is featured in this frittata.
February 19, 2005 |

Cherry Tofu Protein Smoothie

cherry tofu smoothie While delicious, we thought the original version of this Cherry Tofu Protein Smoothie by the United Soybean Board was too high in the carbs to protein ratio. With a few simple modifications which didn’t detract from the wonderful summer flavor at all, we made this a much more healthful breakfast.
July 3, 2002 |
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