Vegetable Bliss

Are you dreading your next plate of steamed broccoli, salad or that pan of roasted vegetables that just is not cutting it for you anymore?  Let me take you on a culinary experience that will forever change your relationship with vegetables.

I cannot take any credit for what I am about to share but I can tell you that you will be incredibly happy that you took the time to read this blog. I have spent a great deal of time at Kripalu, a meditation and retreat center in the Berkshire Mountains. It was there that I first had a truly blissful experience with vegetables and I can attribute my experience to one small scoop of the Kripalu house salad dressing! I could not believe all of the flavors that I was experiencing and the way it enhanced both my salad and broccoli.

After dinner, I ran to the bookstore to buy the cookbook and discovered that not only was the salad dressing delicious but it was also full of so many vitamins and health benefits. This one little scoop of dressing is packed with protein and is a great sources of calcium, omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin e and antioxidants. Healthwise, it lowers cholesterol, boosts heart health, improves immune function, reduces inflammation, prevents wrinkles, lowers blood pressure and acts as a liver detox. Who knew!

So here it is, your passage to vegetable bliss - Enjoy!

Kripalu House Salad Dressing

Combine all ingredients and blend - Makes 2 cups

  • 1 cup sunflower oil

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • ¼ cup tamari

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  •  1/3 cup sesame tahini

  • 1/2  tablespoon dry mustard

  • ½ tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • Pinch cayenne

  • ½ cup water

Written By: Marlene Dickinson
Director of Wellness
Holistic Wellness Coach
Food as Medicine Coach

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Gymazing! is the Ultimate Place to Let Those Little Brains Develop!

"The people that work there are so kind. My kids love going there. I wouldn't be able to go to the gym without those amazing people!!"

-Amy K.

GYMAZING! - Where we learn our 1-2-3's, A-B-C's and Do-Re-Mi’s! From music with sign language, to dance parties and Spanish classes, Gymazing! at MAC is a great place to let your little one's brains develop. We help activate fine motor skills by making messes with glitter, paint and crafts, jumping our sillies out in Gym Jam and using our imaginations to the sky’s limits. When they need, we curl up in the reading nook for a little quiet time and a good book. We also have plenty of infant swings for napping! At MAC, we not only want to challenge the adult on our fitness floor, but our kids in Gymazing as well. We want to make sure their time with us is engaging, imaginative and FUN!

Early Childhood News says: "Specific tasks related to social development occur in early childhood, just like developmental tasks occur in cognitive growth. The term social refers to a relationship or interaction between two or more people, who by definition respond to each other and influence each other’s behavior. Socialization is an important process in child development. Stated simply, it is the process whereby individuals, especially children, become functioning members of a particular group and take on the values, behaviors, and beliefs of the group’s other members. Although the process begins shortly after birth and continues into adulthood, the age of early childhood is a crucial period of socialization. How children are disciplined, how they respond to this discipline, and how they develop independent behavior are all connected to the process in which socialization occurs."

We strive to create a space where children can come to learn something new and have fun doing it... but most importantly we value the friendships that are created and the laughs that are shared!

“Most children begin receiving formal education during kindergarten. Recent scientific research has proven that learning and mental development begin immediately after birth. During the first three years of a child’s life, essential brain and neural development occurs.”

- Written by Becton Loveless for Education Corner

Come see what all the FUN is about! We are open 7 days per week, all day!

MON-THURS: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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*With a youth membership, your child can use Gymazing for up to two hours per day

BLOG WRITTEN BY: Marion Hopping
Manager - Gymazing! at MAC
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Kick Those Winter Blues with Some #SelfCare

Looking for something to combat the winter blues? Whether you’re struggling with recurrent colds, low energy or seasonal depression, our practitioners can help you feel your best!

Acupuncture offers an effective (and relaxing!) way to combat some of winter’s most troublesome symptoms. By rebalancing the body’s own energy, regular acupuncture works to boost immunity, strengthen digestion, reduce stress, and can also be tailored to treat specific symptoms, such as muscle aches and pains, sinus headaches, and chronic fatigue. Acupuncture works best when done regularly, or as part of your ongoing health regimen (proper diet, exercise, massage, adequate rest).

Did you know that regular massage therapy sessions can keep your immune system heightened?  Massage therapy increases lymph flow which fights off infections and bacteria, boosting your immune system during the cold and flu season.  If that’s not enough, easing muscle tension and low back pain (from all that shoveling) will help you maintain an active lifestyle all winter long.

Stay warm with cupping therapy.  As our blood rushes to the core of our bodies to protect our organs during the cold winter months, cupping can help keep you feeling warm by stimulating blood flow and alleviating muscle tension.  Placing cups on the neck, upper back and shoulders is recommended to ward off cold and flu symptoms, sinus and upper respiratory infections and coughing.

Is dull winter skin becoming a drag?  Cold climate can be tough on the skin, lack of humidity and cold wind can be extremely drying.  Avoid the temptation of washing in very hot water, lukewarm is preferred and use a humidifier at home to put moisture in the air. Gently exfoliate weekly and be sure to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated daily to protect against environmental damage.  SPF daily is a must!  Our estheticians recommend a facial every 4-6 weeks to deeply clean and nourish your skin.

Written by: Jackie Conrad
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