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October 24, 2017 | Spa Index
From Canyon Ranch Health Spa comes this very fast Pumpkin Crunch recipe. Use it as a breakfast cereal, or eat out of hand or top your yogurt with it. We like to keep a baggie in the car on long road trips — it’s an excellent trail mix.
October 13, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
Such bliss first thing in the morning! And amazingly healthy to boot! From the chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center: Sweet Potato Pancakes served with a side of fresh blueberries atop pureed blueberries and Pritikin Creamy Vanilla Sauce. A touch of cinnamon was added to the sauce. The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends and incorporates the healthiest food choices — but “healthy” does not have to mean “blah!” — like with this healthy breakfast recipe This is a guest-favorite recipe, requested often, so here it is, courtesy of Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida.
October 7, 2017 | Spa Index
We love double-duty recipes. This healthy and Pritikin-Approved Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal can be served for breakfast or dessert.
September 16, 2017 | Spa Index
Blistered Tomato and Spinach Scramble is a light and protein and vegetable filled breakfast dish courtesy of The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu.
November 19, 2016 | Spa Index
This delicious Vegetable Cheddar Quinoa Frittata makes a protein-packed breakfast or brunch.
September 30, 2016 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created these guest-favorite Quinoa Blueberry Muffins. They are both gluten-free and dairy-free, and make for a nutritious, light and flavorful addition to the breakfast bread basket.
April 19, 2016 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This baked oatmeal custard is a favorite on our breakfast table, and what’s more — it has great nutritional stats with little guilt. Great warm or cold!
November 11, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
This simple recipe for carrot cake is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont, a health retreat for women. How can cake be healthy? Well for one thing, it doesn’t need heavy cream cheese frosting. Just trust us on this one.
August 5, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
These low-fat Whole Wheat Banana Muffins are served with breakfast at Movara Fitness Resort in Utah, but don’t restrict them to the mornings. Take a muffin your bagged lunch or pack it for a road trip
April 7, 2015 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This Chocolate Avocado Smoothie is part of Betsy Carter’s 3 Day Plan to Kick the Sugar Habit.
February 23, 2015 | Spa Index
This guest favorite Peanut Butter Banana Muffin is from the Heartland Spa Recipe Collection.
February 11, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Cornmeal Walnut Waffles is already health-conscious, but can also be easily converted to gluten-free if you are using GF oats and cornmeal, and it’s suitable for vegans as well
December 24, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Broccoli Mushroom Cheddar Quiche is high protein, and great for breakfast, lunch, or supper.
January 31, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
This simple classic recipe for low-fat Orange Maple French Toast is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont.
January 20, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
This beautiful breakfast of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Custard Cups takes a few steps to prepare but is so worth it. Portable, creamy, filling and may be made ahead.
January 13, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
Besides tasting great, smoothies are an excellent way to get needed calcium that many women need.
November 8, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
These pickup-able sweet treats at only 85 calories a serving are perfect for kids and grown-ups alike.
November 5, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Biscuits and Gravy on a spa menu? Yes, Canyon Ranch adapted this hearty breakfast favorite for its guests. It relies on low fat chicken sausage in a white sauce gravy over whole wheat biscuits.
October 21, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
Take advantage of the benefits and great taste of pumpkin with delicious Pumpkin Pancakes.
September 19, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This easy-to-prepare version of Huevos Rancheros is a perfect breakfast treat you can make on a work day.
September 13, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
Canyon Ranch Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein and his guest assistant — his daughter — show you a fun, kid-friendly recipe for Whole Wheat Pancakes with Fruit.
February 18, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
Try this healthy recipe for Better Blueberry Pancakes from the Biggest Loser Simple Swaps Cookbook.
January 31, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu is an all-inclusive week long wellness and fitness retreat in Malibu, California. Seasonal recipes and tips for maintaining results include recipes like this Apricot Kale Smoothie.
January 18, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
This healthy recipe for Whole Wheat Lemon Berry Muffins by Green Mountain at Fox Run, a health retreat for women, are a wholesome breakfast treat.
August 27, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
Is it breakfast, dessert, a post work out meal, a milk shake, or all of these things? Hard to decide! The team at Biggest Loser Resorts came up with this peanut butter chocolate smoothie, kicked it up with banana and honey, and it manages to be a rich treat and a protein boost all in one.
August 13, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
This bariatric friendly recipe for breadless pudding will warm you up with a cozy and delicious dessert made with cottage cheese.
March 5, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
A delicious and refreshing drink to serve as a start or finish to the meal. Papaya has a sweet taste and provides a wonderful source of digestive enzymes. Its effect on both body and mind is calming.
January 31, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
This power-packed Peach Blackberry Smoothie is adaptable to different fruits – but both peaches and blackberries provide heart-healthy soluble fiber.
September 26, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
Using cantaloupe and orange juice is a nice change the traditional smoothie of berries and bananas, and the silken tofu is a nice creamy addition and adds protein. The one-two punch of this melon and the orange juice makes it super high in Vitamin C and beta-carotene.
August 8, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index
This dish really is perfect for breakfast, as a salad, or as a dessert. Honey and Sage Baked Peaches with Pistachios and Blue Cheese is courtesy of Red Mountain Spa. This light dish is sweet, savory, and tangy, and so easy to pull together. Enjoy it with fresh peaches during the summer, but you can also used frozen if that’s what you have.
March 25, 2011 | Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
Cottage Cheese Pancakes are light and perfect for a summer breakfast. Kid and Family Approved.
January 18, 2010 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
This vibrant and delicious Blood Orange Smoothie is an anti-oxidant treat. Blood Oranges are favored for their deep ruby flesh and complex flavor of citrus and berry. Some blood oranges may be tart, while other kinds are sweet.
November 24, 2005 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index