Only two weeks away! And introducing Rebecca Katz…

Welcome to Fall!

The leaves are turning and the conference is almost here!  With just under two weeks until the 2014 Achieving Optimal Health Conference, we are excited about all of the information that will be shared with you on Oct. 25th about how you can achieve YOUR optimal health.  

The ‘two for one – bring a friend’ special is closed now, but some conference seats are still available and if you haven’t registered yet, be sure to register today before they’re all taken! With world-class health and wellness experts on hand speaking on how we can improve our physical, mental and emotional well-being, this day will be transformational and not to be missed!

Speaker Spotlight – Rebecca Katz
Rebecca Katz
When you listen to Rebecca Katz, MS, you’ll get caught up in her excitement about the fun and flavor of healthy food. Her topic is “Transforming Health Through the Power of Food: The Science and Alchemy of Yum.” 

This chef, teacher and award-winning cookbook author will help you discover the “yum” and scientific power in dishes that boost longevity and fight cancer – and her upcoming book is “The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory and Mental Clarity.” Her Master of Science degree is in Health and Nutrition Education.
Roasted Delicata Squash with Orange and Thyme
squash recipe
A Rebecca Katz recipe from her book, The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods.


1 delicata squash
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Grade B maple syrup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the stem end off the squash, use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds, and cut the squash into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; alternatively, cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut the squash into 1/4-inch-thick semicircles.

Put the squash, orange juice, orange zest, olive oil, maple syrup, thyme, salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl and toss until the squash is evenly coated. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the squash to the lined baking sheet, spreading it in a single layer. Reserve the liquid in the bowl.

Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the squash over and baste with the reserved liquid. Bake for 10 more minutes, until the squash is tender.

COOK’S NOTE: If you have a melon ball scooper, now is the time to take it out of hibernation; it’s the perfect instrument for scooping out squash seeds.

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