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With the holidays approaching, especially Diwali, Suhasini’s Date and Nut Roll can be a quick, elegant dessert. This is essentially a two ingredient gluten-free, vegan recipe (instead of ghee to lightly grease hands when rolling, use cashew butter or coconut oil)–simply dates and nuts. It takes 10-15 minutes to make it.

Date and nut rolls don’t have to be just for festive occasions. Instead of expensive store bought fruit and nut bars, make a batch of these as they keep well in the fridge for a few days. They are excellent for a quick snack and boost of energy. Dates and nuts are considered to be warming winter foods. Suhasini has graciously shared this delightfully easy recipe. For the recipe, visit  http://mahasriyoga.com/recipes/desserts/DateNutRoll.html

Our warmest wishes for Diwali to all our Indian readers!

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With this incredibly warm weather we have been having, it is not too late for a last taste of summer.  The pairing of watermelon and mint is perfect. The colors are simply gorgeous. This is one quick, elegant juice. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Some of these juices can also be served as soups—so you can serve in a glass or a bowl!

For the recipe, visit http://mahasriyoga.com/recipes/appetizers/WatermelonMintJuice.html.

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Fall Fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer Research

For the months of October and November, profits from the popular guided meditation CD Being in Flow: Meditations for Peace, Insight, Clarity, and Focus will be donated for pediatric cancer research. In this effort, Whole Foods is a valued partner. Most Whole Foods Market stores in New Jersey, and some in Connecticut, carry Being in Flow in the Whole Body section.

Only 4 percent of government funding on cancer goes toward pediatric cancer because more adults are diagnosed than children. This is also true for private funding. However, a closer look reveals the great need for funds for children as well. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6, for an adult it is 67. So the number of potentially lost life years for a child is 71 years and for an adult 15. The potential years of life lost for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer can be 61 years. (Source: American Childhood Cancer Organization)

In terms of drug development, 60 percent of the funding comes from pharmaceutical companies. However, it is not profitable for these companies to allocate any research and development funds for pediatric cancer drug development. This means that there is great need for private funding.

Mahasri Yoga actively raises awareness and funds for charities. In the summer there was a very successful fundraiser for Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (provides free health care to the uninsured). The fall focus is pediatric cancer research. Many children in our communities have been affected by cancer and the toll on the families is huge.

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