1. Apple Pie Baked Apples
If it’s almost all fruit, is has to be healthy, right? That’s what you can tell your guests when you present them with this beautifully put-together Apple Pie Baked Apple. It has all the flavor of the Apple Pie with less of the crust, so you’re able to enjoy this unique treat without the added guilt that comes from having a second...third….and potentially 4th slice.
Recipe can be found here via Sally's Baking Addiction.
2. Purple Sweet Potato Pie
Praised for its high level of antioxidants, the Purple Sweet Potato is the ultimate hero in this vibrant pie! It’s an untraditional twist on an otherwise traditional pie, and the best part is that since this variety of Sweet Potato improves blood sugar regulation, you are actually doing something good for your body by eating it! Additionally, everyone in the family, allergies included, can enjoy this one because it’s entirely vegan.
Recipe can be found here via The Endless Meal.
3. Healthy Pecan Pie
While Pecan Pie is typically known for being incredibly high in sugar, this recipe swaps out the icky, refined ingredients for more natural options. Sweetened with dates and maple syrup, this pie provides all of the flavors that everyone loves from a Pecan Pie without any of the intense sugar-crash that comes after a piece.
Recipe can be found here via The Healthy Foodie.
4. White Bean Shepherd’s Pie
Though pies over Thanksgiving are usually considered sweet, we wanted to throw in a savory one to give you options! This Shepherd’s Pie is chock-full of fiber and vegetables, so you don’t even have to waste any space on your plate for your aunt’s wilted salad. And here’s a phrase you probably never thought you’d hear a wellness site say: opt for extra pie instead of stuffing, and save yourself calories later!
Recipe can be found here via Veggie Primer.
5. Skinny Pumpkin Pie
Could we even make this list without the king of all the Thanksgiving pies, Pumpkin? Nutrient-dense with a low calorie count, the pumpkin provides ample opportunities to add flavor to the pie without compromising your diet. So go for that second slice of turkey AND pie, because this recipe allows flexibility to your meal plan without requiring you to change immediately into sweatpants post-meal.
Recipe can be found here via Skinny Taste.
Here's to a healthy, happy and tasty Thanksgiving! And if you're looking for a last-minute getaway, consider joining us in Costa Rica for the Beach Bum Boot Camp Thanksgiving Retreat! Details here.
When you’re feeling creative but want to keep wearing your favorite pair of jeans regardless of the holiday, creating your own life-sized passport is definitely the way to go. Plus, you’re able to re-wear it year after year because even if your style changes, the Passport, like your reliable pair of Old Navy jeans, stays the same. Bonus: include photos from different places you have been to represent "stamps" from those countries!
2. Map Pin
If you’re looking for a couple’s costume, look no further! Whether you’re attending a party with your S/O, best friend or maybe a casual coworker, this costume is sure to be a Halloween party success! And the good news is even if you get separated, you’ll always be able to find your way back to one another. Want to make it ghostly? Add some ghoulish makeup and write "Mapquest" on your costume. RIP, old friend.
3. Flight Attendant
This costume is sort of like receiving a mini Hershey’s in your candy bag. It’s reliable, sweet and will definitely get you points because it’s a crowd pleaser. Plus, if you’re the host, you can be trusted to direct people to the kitchen, the bar and the exit when it hits 10pm.
When you don’t want to carry a purse around all night, you should just be the bag! Depending on how well-crafted the costume is, you could probably also sneak in your own drinks in snacks when you’re unsure about the selection that will be available at the party (or you want to be the hit of the party!).
Everyone says they want to travel the globe, but not many people love it enough to actually BE the globe. Show your love for the world and waltz around the room knowing full well you have endless bragging rights for this epic outfit. Good for pregnant ladies, too! (Or for anyone looking to indulge on those Halloween treats without letting it show!).
6. Travel Bug
You may say you've got it, but now's your chance to show it... the travel bug, that is! Whether you throw on the classic I <3 NY shirt, have world-map workout leggings (so cute!) or wear goodies collected on your travels, just add a pair of bug antennae and you're all set! Out with a special someone who you'd like to join you on an upcoming trip? Give them a 'bug bite' to pass along the travel bug so they have to join!
Have ideas for other travel-inspired Halloween costumes? Comment below to share! Best idea will win a Ketanga luggage tag!
(Ketanga) What do you love the most about yoga?
(Kayla) A distinguishing feature of yoga that appeals to me is that it’s highly adaptable. Yoga can be tailored to accommodate a range of body types, levels of conditioning, injuries, and differently-abled bodies. We typically think of yoga as a physical practice that builds strength and flexibility, but for many people, the benefits of yoga include gaining mental clarity through meditation and mindful breathing or developing spiritual resiliency by studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
If I’m being completely honest though, what I love most about yoga isn’t deep or philosophical. I love that my practice has taught me to commission my own body as functional (and free!) exercise equipment, which makes squeezing in a workout significantly easier when I’m on the go. I feel reassured and liberated knowing I’m inherently equipped with all the “tools” I need to maintain my fitness regimen anywhere.
You have a three-song playlist, what’s on it?
1.) Cotton-Eyed Joe, 2.) Cotton-Eyed Joe, and 3.) Cotton-Eyed Joe Remix ft. Pitbull.
KIDDING! That last one isn’t even a song…I hope? I’m stalling because this is a tough question for someone like me, who is equal parts music lover and cripplingly indecisive. Some of my all-time favorite artists include Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Beyoncé, and Billie Eilish. That said, here is my three-song playlist, which I reserve the right to change a minimum of four times before I complete this senten--
1. ATLiens – Outkast
2. Hide (Tropkillaz Remix) [feat. Childish Gambino] – N.A.S.A
3. The Next Episode – Dr. Dre
What is your advice for someone just starting out their practice?
Fall on your face! Seriously. The fear of falling often prevents us from trying poses, particularly arm balances. Sometimes our perception of our physical limitations is no more than a self-inflicted psychological barrier. It goes without saying that maintaining proper alignment and working your way up to the full expression of any arm balance is a mandatory prerequisite before attempting to strike a pose that’d make the Instagram Gods bless the rains down in Africa, but once you’ve mastered the basics, give yourself unconditional permission to faceplant. Surviving a fall empowers you to pick yourself up with both your front teeth and your ego intact.
What about your inside tips on mastering a yoga pose... let's say crow pose?
While I can appreciate how metal it is to brag about having bruises on the backs on your triceps after practicing crow pose all day, it means you’re probably dumping too much weight into your triceps in lieu of engaging your core. Here are some cues I think of when I practice crow pose that may be helpful for you as well:
What excites you about hosting a fitness retreat?
I’m really looking forward to meeting fitness-oriented folks with whom I can explore beautiful landscapes, share lots of laughs, and above all, create yoga classes that are so fun and challenging, the tears of joy staining their cheeks will become indistinguishable from the beads of sweat dripping from their perfect little foreheads. I have kept in touch with all the incredible friends I made on my last Ketanga Fitness retreat and I’m excited to make more.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I have webbed toes! (No, unfortunately they don’t make me notably faster at swimming.)
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t put yourself in a position where you are the smartest person in the room. Surround yourself with vibrant, interesting people from whom you are always learning and growing.
1. Pumpkin Workout
Sure, pumpkins have the perfect place in pies, lattes and carving stations. But did you ever think that they could be… in a workout? Forget everything you know about pumpkins, because we’re about to blow your mind! Replace your usual kettlebells, free weights and even the barbell with a couple heavy pumpkins. You can squat them, press them, plank them and even swing them! (Some would say even carving them can be a workout!) Just promise us one thing: please don’t drop them.
When the leaves start to change color, and it finally cools down just enough to put on a long-sleeved shirt comfortably, all you want to do is be outside in the crisp air. So let us suggest Shelter Island (to the New Yorkers reading this) as the ideal place to step out and remember all the reasons that autumn is your favorite time of the year - especially because it is close to so many fresh markets to pick up cider and healthy produce afterwards! Allow the wooded trails to re-invigorate your love of the outdoors!
Summer was all about hopping in the water, and fall is the perfect time to take advantage of being on top of it! Put on that coordinating plaid/vest combo, and grab a friend to brave a water activity with you when it’s below 70 degrees. There are endless options to rent kayaks in Upstate, NY and regardless of which one you get, you’re sure to get incredible views.
4. Biking Amongst the Foliage
Put that gym membership on hold and take advantage of being able to ride a bike without hitting the 1-2-1-2 instructor-mandated pace. There’s nothing like the feeling of fall air on your face, and there’s the exciting element of having to avoid any rogue, falling leaves. Better yet, use it as your main mode of transportation, and see how much money you save by not buying gas or a subway card. Then take that hard-earned cash and treat yourself to a cider donut (or three)!
5. Apple Picking
Next to carving spooky faces into pumpkins, is there an activity that screams fall quite like apple picking? If you’ve never thought of this as a workout, now is the time! Jump for those hard-to-get honeycrisps resting on the top branches, and squat each time you come back to the ground. Benefit of this activity? You’re earning your reward as you workout!
Why create a bucket list?
For some people, an ordinary event can trigger them to try to live their life more adventurously. CNN did a feature on Laura Lawson who decided to try some more daring activities after watching the movie "Yes Man". She’s been traveling extensively, flying planes, canyoneering, and ziplining over alligators just by learning how to say yes to opportunities that come her way
It helped her see more of the world and discover amazing experiences. She says that creating a bucket list and trying to tick it off one by one also increased her self-esteem. In fact, she met her now-husband after she took charge of her life, and they even went skydiving on their honeymoon. It’s one of the compelling reasons mentioned here on Ketanga Fitness for going on a solo adventure—you get to meet a lot of people from different communities. And who knows, you may even meet the love of your life if you're single!
Aside from making friends all around the globe, a bucket list can also help you understand more about what type of a traveler you are. An infographic on bucket lists published by Lottoland suggests identifying your priorities as you cook up your ultimate checklist of things to do during your lifetime. Do you want to go on off-the-grid expeditions, experience adrenaline-pumping activities, or more city-based adventures? It also helps you become more goal-oriented, creative, and inspired to make the best out of the one life that you have.
I’m sold. Give me some ideas!
There are so many things to do in this world that it would be impossible to create a universal bucket list. To give you a few ideas, here are a few of the most common adventures that appear on many people’s bucket lists...
1. Cage dive with Great Whites: Number one on PopSugar’s list of adventures for thrill seekers, is getting into the water (safely) with one of the most dangerous predators on the planet.
2. Go on a Eurotrip: Europe is an amazing continent that everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime. There’s an unlimited number of things to do for every kind of adventurer!
3. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef: Take a trip to the Land Down Under to swim, snorkel, or dive in the world’s largest coral reef system.
4. Surf in Hawaii: Catch the raddest waves in Maui, Oahu, Kauai or virtually anywhere else in Hawaii.
5. Rock climb in Yosemite: Did you know that in 2017, famous rock climber Alex Honnold completed a free solo climb up El Capitan? Maybe you can try a few attempts at rock climbing—not to Honnold’s level—but it can be just as exciting.
6. BASE jump in Norway: For unbelievable views, head up and step off from Kjerag Cliff.
7. See the Northern Lights: While you’re still in Norway, make sure not to miss the lights show in the Arctic sky.
8. Hike in Patagonia: Paste Magazine highlights the Perito Moreno Glacier as one of the most unforgettable views you’ll get to see in this lifetime. It’s also the home to intimidating and humbling mountains such as the Torres del Paine.
9. Go on a Safari trip: Go to Africa and keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5: African lion, African leopard, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, and African elephant.
10. Summit Mount Everest: Lastly, at some point in life, most people dreamed of watching the world from its highest peak, Mount Everest. It’s no easy feat to conquer, but definitely one that you’ll never ever forget.
We want to help you cross items off of your travel bucket list! Learn more about upcoming Ketanga Fitness retreats and adventures here!