November 19, 2019

Pump It Up With Pumpkin Seeds

Most people throw out the healthiest part of pumpkins and squashes—the seeds! Don’t do it! This time of year when pumpkins and squashes are in season it always fun to enjoy fresh seeds and the many health benefits they offer. They’re nutty, savory and have high concentrations of the nutrients that make squashes and especially pumpkins valuable to your diet. The roasted seeds are some of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds around. Pumpkin seeds are available all year, but it’s best to roast them now when they’re fresh. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds contain high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and […]
December 4, 2018

Creamy Pumpkin Bars with Orange-Oat Crust

Swap traditional pumpkin pie for these pumpkin bars with a gluten-free crust. They’ll be a hit throughout the fall and winter holidays. Ingredients FOR THE CRUST 1¼ cups gluten-free rolled oats ½ cup pecan pieces ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice ¼ tsp.  fine salt 5 ounces medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about ¾ cup) 3 Tbs. coconut oil, room temperature 1 Tbs. maple syrup ½ tsp. grated orange zest FOR THE FILLING ½ cup maple syrup 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée ⅓ cup whole-milk plain yogurt 2 eggs (beaten) 1¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1½ tsp. vanilla extract ¼ t […]
March 16, 2017

Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Almond Bread

This good-for-everyone breakfast or treat bread, served at Hanson Mesa Bed & Breakfast in Hotchkiss, Colorado, can also be made into three 3×6-inch mini loaves for gifts; cook at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You can substitute 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice for the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cardamom. Ingredients: 4 cups almond flour 3/4 cup natural cane sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1/4 cup grapeseed oil 1 cup organic pumpkin puree 1/2 cup chopped pecans 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground allspice 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/8 […]
November 5, 2016

Age Beautifully Cookbook Featured on Home & Family Show

  News flash! The Age Beautifully Cookbook recently appeared on the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show and was a hit! The Golden Door Spa’s Chef Greg Frey discussed some of his favorite pumpkins and the recipe he loves from  Age Beautifully. The segment featured Grace O’s  Stuffed Baby Pumpkins recipe.  The Golden Door’s General Manager, Kathy Van Ness, wrote the forward to the Age Beautifully Cookbook. Grace O and the FoodTrients team hosted a panel along with Chef Greg for guests at the Golden Door last fall. “Both FoodTrients® and the Golden Door have complementary passions and purposes regarding […]
December 7, 2015

Pumpkin Seeds Amazing Health Benefits

While most people only think of pumpkins on Thanksgiving or Halloween, the seeds of this fruit offer an impressive cocktail of health enhancing and disease fighting compounds, vitamins, and minerals that can be consumed year-round. In addition, they are packed with tryptophan and essential fatty acids. Emerging evidence indicates that pumpkin seeds represent a potent functional food in the battle against heart disease, osteoporosis, bladder dysfunction, anxiety, and arthritis.   Pumpkin’s History Native to North America, pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) were first embraced by Native Americans for their multi-purpose properties before the fruit’s seeds were passed along to European explorers and spread throughout Europe. Pumpkins, […]
July 1, 2014

5 Super Seeds With Amazing Benefits

Here are five super seeds that health experts around the world recommend people should include in their diet. Sprinkle these over your baked dishes and breakfast cereal for a health boost Good things come in small packages. In the world of wellness, super seeds embody this truism like no other food. Packed with essential nutrients and with multiple health benefits, they are nature’s precious gifts to humanity. 1. Chia seeds: Vegetarians miss out on Omega-3 fatty acids since they can’t eat seafood. An easy solution to their dietary dilemma is chia seeds (and flaxseeds), which are a good source of this nutrient. […]