3 Workout Pains NOT to Ignore

October 30, 2014 by Nick Poggi

Suffering from exercise induced aches and pains is almost an unavoidable reality to most everyone who has ever worked out. Pain is one way our body communicates with our brain, and with so many moving parts we are bound to feel something unpleasant sooner or later. Growing up around a boxing gym I was conditioned to ignore body pains and to keep pushing forward towards victory no matter what the cost. Sadly, that “tough guy” mindset led me to a severely impinged right shoulder and broken knuckle. It was not until college that I learned the difference between having a healthy pain tolerance, and putting myself at risk for serious injury. Here are three instances when you should NOT work through the pain. 1)      Acute feelings of pain near a joint: If you feel a sharp pain near your shoulder, elbow, knee, or ankle this could be an injury to …


Ginger Honey Tea

October 3, 2014 by Golden Door

Most people fear honey bees, but Greg Frey Jr. loves getting up close. Greg is not only the executive chef at Golden Door, but is also the resident beekeeper. Honey bees are essential to the pollination and survival of some of Californian’s favorite food crops—almonds, avocados, apples, citrus. Greg is passionate about harvesting fresh honey for use in some of his delicious culinary creations, including Golden Door’s Ginger Honey Tea. Ginger Honey Tea 2 bags green tea 6 1/2 cups water 1 crushed stalk of lemongrass 1/3 cup raw wildflower honey 1″ knob of crushed whole ginger root Fresh lemon to taste Bring water, ginger, lemongrass, &honey  to a hard simmer but not a boil. Steep the tea for 4 min off the heat, strain and serve.


October is Apple and Cranberry Month

October 9, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

It’s that time of year for the beautiful colors of fall. It’s also a change of seasons in our produce. October welcomes in apples and cranberries. Both are packed with nutrition, flavor and versatility in cooking. They can be stewed, baked or added to salads. Each on their own or combined make for a delicious snack mixed with some nuts, nut butter, cheese, added to oatmeal, plain yogurt or cottage cheese. A few nutrition and health points for apples: – Apples contain soluble fiber, which has been associated with lowering cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. – Apples contain antioxidants that may help protect the lungs, colon and prostate. – Some evidence reveals that apples may help boost memory and possibly slow the onset of Alzheimer’s – A medium apple contains about 95 calories and 4 grams of dietary fiber, which can help with blood sugar and appetite. – There are about …


Introducing Golden Door’s New Skin Care Line

October 14, 2014 by Golden Door

Find your #GoldenGlow with our brand new beauty products & skincare line! We are thrilled to announce today the launch of our new Golden Door branded products which includes beauty & skincare offerings inspired by our biodynamic gardens and organic groves. “We are excited to add a Beauty & Skincare collection to the line of Artisanal Food creations available at our online destination,” said Kathy Van Ness, general manager and chief operating officer at Golden Door. “Allowing consumers to take a piece of the Golden Door experience home, the new Beauty & Skin Care line combines decadence and simplicity, much like the resort destination itself. From serums to shampoos, each product embodies our vibrant and healthy lifestyle.” The Beauty & Skin Care products are all free of sulfates, paraben, mineral oil, petroleum, dyes and synthetic fragrances, as well as being 100 percent biodegradable. Golden Door’s comprehensive, full body skincare regime focuses on delivering results and includes serums, facial moisturizers, …


Golden Door Fig Jam Dot Cookies

October 17, 2014 by Golden Door

Looking for a healthy cookie recipe? This guilt-free Jam Dot cookie is a signature snack at the Golden Door, and long-time guest favorite! These cookies are fast and fun to make and can be filled with your favorite kind of Golden Door Preserve or Marmalade. The lush sweetness of the figs shines through in this simple preserve. Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 cup ground oats 1 cup ground almonds 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup grapeseed oil Golden Door Organic Fig Preserves   Mix all in a bowl. Form on cookie sheet by hand. Fill with jam and Bake at 350 for 12-15 min.   About Golden Door Artisan Foods Golden Door Artisan foods are all sourced from local growers and processed at a local facilities based in Southern California. Our products contain no chemical preservatives or artificial sweeteners, are non-GMO, all …


October: How Nature Helps Us Age Well

October 20, 2014 by Carol Tibbetts

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Thoreau’s words echo throughout the gardens and trails here at Golden Door.  As a hike leader for the past 16 years, I continually hear guests say the 6AM hike is their favorite activity.  It’s especially dramatic this time of year, when we begin our walk in semi-darkness beneath the glimmer of stars and moonlight, and as we ascend the mountain, the darkness recedes, the sky lightens, and the sun rises. Thoreau knew how good a morning walk made him feel, without needing science to tell him so.  Now we have scientific proof (Harvard Health Letter 2010) that “green” exercise has been proven to lower depression and elevate mood, self-esteem and motivation more than indoor exercise. So it’s no wonder why we feel nurtured by nature.  And if you don’t have time to exercise, just being outdoors in natural light …


Golden Door Masoor Dal Recipe

October 23, 2014 by Golden Door

An Indian dish named after the split pink lentils used in the dish, Masoor Dal is a favorite for our vegetarian guests and omnivores are pleasantly satisfied by this hearty meal. We use jarrahdale pumpkins for this recipe, a beautiful blue-grey pumpkin used often for decorating but it’s also the incredibly tasty. Bright orange flesh with the flavor hinting of melon and cucumber. It’s both pickled and stewed in this recipe. Serving tip: serve the dal over rice for  complete protein balance.   Ingredients: 12oz pink lentils 1cup jarrahdelle pumpkin diced no skin 1/2 cup chopped tomato 3TBSP extra virgin coconut oil 1 1/2 cup onion diced 2TBSP minced garlic 1tsp cumin ground 1tsp coriander ground 1TBSP chili powder 1tsp black pepper fresh ground Dash cayenne or more depending on taste Dash cinnamon 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup chopped green onion 2 TBSP chopped cilantro 1 qrt vegetable stock Juice …


Chocolate Avocado Ganache Recipe

October 28, 2014 by Golden Door

In honor of National Chocolate Day, we are sharing this delectable Chocolate Avocado Ganache Recipe! Enjoy this easy to make dessert with healthy ingredients. Dark chocolate in particular has health benefits for our brain, skin and blood vessels. And the avocado possesses healthy vitamin E along with mono and polyunsaturated fats. It can be served plain, rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut, chopped nuts or add some spices, extracts or liqueur and enjoy! Chocolate Avocade Ganache Servings: 20 Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon 5 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao) chopped fine 1 Ripe Avocado, pitted, peeled and diced Preparation In food processor, mix the chocolate until well ground. Add the avocado and form a paste. Scoop into individual portions and serve with nuts, fruit or rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut or as pictured.   Nutrition per serving: 49 calories, 0 grams protein, 5 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fat, …