Mindful Monday Tip

September 2, 2014 by Carol Tibbetts

Events that force us to slow down – gridlock traffic, red lights, long check-out lines – can serve as reminders to slow down and become aware of what’s going on in the world both around us and inside us. To get out of our heads and into our hearts for even just a few moments.  Use those times as your mindfulness wake-up call.  Stop, look, listen – and just be.  The next time you’re at a red light, resist the urge to use your phone, and make an inner connection instead: Follow your in and out breath.  Or, as you’re waiting for your check in a restaurant or in line at the supermarket, become  present to your surroundings and you may notice that the whole place is busy, there are many other customers, and the waiter or cashier seem to be the only ones working.  As you practice this mindful …


Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe

September 4, 2014 by Golden Door

Delight your taste buds with this rich and creamy Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream recipe from Chef Greg Frey Jr. The perfect combination of rose and pistachio produce an unforgettable taste. Best of all, its a snap to prepare. Ingredients 2 cup whole milk 2 cup half and half 1 cup sugar 12 threads saffron 2 TBSP  rose water 1 TBSP pistachio oil 4 egg yolks Crush the saffron threads between your fingers and add to the rose water. Let stand for 20 minutes. Bring the milk and sugar to 165 degrees slowly add the hot milk into a separate bowl with the egg yolks and pistachio oil while whisking. Add the rose water and chill the mixture before adding to your ice cream maker.  


Announcing New Nutrition Class at Golden Door!

September 9, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

Ever wonder what’s behind some of those nutrition claims? Is organic really better than conventional farming? Does high fructose corn syrup cause belly fat? What is GMO and is it safe? Learn the answers to these and other current nutrition buzzwords circulating. Attend our “What’s in My Food?” class during your next stay with us at the Golden Door presented by our nutritionist Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN! Learn more about Golden Door’s dynamic Nutrition Program here!


Golden Door Fall Harvest Bean Salad

September 10, 2014 by Golden Door

Fall Harvest Bean Salad Makes approx. 4-6 salads Ingredients: 2 1/2 pounds assorted beans such as (Kentucky blue lake, haricots vert, French beans, romano, etc) cleaned and trimmed to 1 ½ inch – 2 inch pieces ¼ cup thin sliced red onion ¼ cup pomegranate seeds 1 watermelon radish sliced thin ½ cup white balsamic ¼ cup fruity EVOO ¼ tsp dill pollen or 1 tsp fresh dill chopped Salt & Pepper to taste   Method: 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Blanch beans in boiling water till tender, cool with an ice bath. Work in batches so you don’t overcrowd while cooking. Set the beans aside on a towel lined dish or pan. 2. Heat ¼ cup white balsamic and ¼ tsp salt till a simmer add onions and remove from the heat, let sit for 5 min. Place ¼ cup ice in the mixture and set …


Yield to the Present

September 12, 2014 by Carol Tibbetts

On a recent trip to Northern California, the sign – yield to the present – came into view as I entered the property of Spirit Rock, a place I was exploring for a future retreat. It made me think about how challenging it is to stay present in today’s world. Maybe if we posted sticky note signs in our homes and offices it would help us remember what is truly important.  Instead of “to-dos” and grocery lists, we could write:  Be Aware.  Slow Down.  Just Breathe.  Be kind. I have often thought about yield signs.  How so few drivers actually yield:  Not  slowing down to allow other cars to enter or exit.  Am I alone in noticing this?  To yield means to “give way to,” which is an aspect of mindfulness:  being aware of what is present, without forcing your viewpoints or preconceptions. Whether on the road or off, we …


Three Ways to Make Exercise a Fun Part of Life

September 16, 2014 by Nick Poggi

Let’s face it, unless you are a personal trainer who relishes at any chance to exercise you probably don’t enjoy working out.  It’s hard, time consuming and not everyone looks forward to the feeling of sore muscles. The reality of the situation is we all must exercise, our bodies need it and without doing it often we can face serious health problems. So how do we go about making exercise part of our daily lives? – Find a physically active hobby that you enjoy: Whether it be walking your dog, playing tennis with a friend, or going on a nature hike, finding an activity that you enjoy not only will add happiness to your life, but exercise as well. – Find an exercise friend: Going to the gym is a lot less stressful when you have a friend to look forward to seeing. You use 60 percent more energy to talk while …


September Food Safety Awareness Month

September 18, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

September is Food Safety Awareness Month! Take the Kitchen Quiz and see how you score on Food Safety! By Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN   1. True or false It’s important to wash all food s including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and poultry prior to eating or preparing to cook.   2. You’ve experienced a power outage. The food should be safe if: A. The outage only lasted an hour B. The temperature of the food remains at 40°F or lower for both the refrigerator and freezer C. It looks and tastes ok D. a and b only   3. The temperature danger zone is: A. 50-150°F B. 40-140°F C. 60-165°F D. 30-150°F   4. You’ve made sandwiches for lunch the night before and refrigerated them. They should be safe if: A. They are kept refrigerated until eating if made with raw or cooked meat, poultry, fish or eggs B. A …


Pink Lady Apple Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

September 25, 2014 by Golden Door

Golden Door’s Pink Lady Apple Sweet and Sour Sauce is a versatile condiment we use often in our kitchen for game and fall/winter vegan dishes.  Shown served with Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops.   Serves 6-8 >1 Pink Lady Apple diced > 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice > 1/4 cup wildflower honey > Zest of 1 lemon chopped fine > 1TBSP coarse chopped peppermint > 1/4 tsp ground cumin > Sprinkle of cinnamon > Sprinkle of cayenne pepper > Sprinkle of fresh ground pepper & salt   Nutritional Information: 50 Calories a serving, 13g carb, 0g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 36 mg potassium, 1g dietary fiber  


How to Beat Workout Plateaus

September 30, 2014 by Nick Poggi

Plateau is a term commonly thrown around the fitness world.  If you are someone who exercises the same way often, chances are you have experienced this frustrating occurrence. It happens when your body adjusts to the stressors placed upon it and as a result there is no further reason for it to change or adapt. This can be an extremely frustrating consequence if you have dedicated so much time to exercise, but are not seeing the results you once did. So how do you overcome this annoyance? Try new exercises: We tend to exercise in ways that are most comfortable for us. Typically, runners run because they are naturally good at it, and weight lifters lift because they don’t like to run. Try to perform exercises at least once per week that might not being your favorite. This helps to create confusion with your body and will increase your results. …