Pepitas, a Love Story

WHY WE 💚 PEPITAS (aka Pumpkin Seeds)


We LOVE these powerful green seeds so much we put Organic Pepitas in everything we make!

TINY BUT MIGHTY: Often referred to as a nutritional powerhouse, pepitas, contain a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium (37% RDI*)  and manganese (42% RDI*) to copper (19% RDI), protein and zinc (14% RDI* ) . They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, and are loaded with essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. And if that wasn’t enough they can also help you have good vibes and maybe even catch a few more winks.   *based on a 1 ounce serving, RDI = Recommended Daily Intake

GOOD VIBES: Pepitas are dietary source of tryptophan (yes like turkey) which the body uses to make a chemical called 5-hydroxytryptophan aka 5-HTP. Once converted to 5-HTP, it is converted to another chemical called Serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps relay signals between brain cells. Since serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior, research has shown 5-HTP may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation.

PEPITAS BY THE NUMBERS: There are approximately 150 calories in an ounce (28 grams) of pepitas, mainly from fat and protein.

In addition, a 1-oz (28-gram) serving contains 

  • Fiber: 1.7 grams.

  • Carbs: 5 grams.

  • Protein: 7 grams.

  • Fat: 13 grams

  • Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI.

  • Phosphorous: 33% of the RDI.

  • Manganese: 42% of the RDI.

  • Magnesium: 37% of the RDI.

  • Iron: 23% of the RDI.

  • Zinc: 14% of the RDI.

  • Copper: 19% of the RDI.

They also contain lots of antioxidants and a considerable amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, potassium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and folate.

 ONE MORE THING: Did you know Pepitas come from a specific type of pumpkins known as “oilseed“ or Styrian pumpkins? While part of the same squash family “oilseed” pumpkins are a distinct variety from the cultivar most commonly used for carving jack-o-lanterns, with the most notable difference being there hull-less (naked) green seed. 


STOKED FOR THE ULTIMATE DOSE! The HoliDose is what we look forward to all year long: it's the spot to snap up all the gifts on your list in one go, everything made with lots and lots of gorgeous Love.

Not familiar with Dose? At Dose you can taste, browse and pick up the very best from us and so many more (120+++!), all of the delights for right now, everything made with artistry, integrity and care.

HoliDose's $10 tickets get you into the party and in front of a meticulously-curated lineup of makers, artists + entrepreneurs (including sips from Virtue Cider, Cocktail Courier and Deep Eddy Vodka, gratis!) so you can knock out all your shopping in one fun, super conscious spot.

Oh, and, bonus! $2.50 from each ticket goes directly to help kids connect to food via The Kitchen Community's Learning Gardens at CPS.

100% of sales at HoliDose support hard-working business owners like us.

Join us and all kinds of rockin' Chicagoans for a Sunday of fun! Mark your calendar for December 10, at 401 N Morgan in the West Loop: this is the ULTIMATE Dose. XOXO


the 411 on HoliDose
who you, your crew + 120+ of the best small businesses
what a marketplace filled with all the merriest
when Sunday, December 10th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
where Morgan MFG at 401 N. Morgan in Chicago, IL
why because HoliDose has everything you need to rock the holidays right
tix $10 online / 25% goes directly to The Kitchen Community
more details and tix at

Renegade HOLIDAY Craft Fair Chicago Dec 2nd + 3rd



We’re SO excited to kickoff the Holidays at Renegade Craft Fair right around the corner December 2nd + 3rd!  This festive event is 15 years in the running and features over 250 makers + more! 

Explore a curated selection of modern design, including jewelry and accessories, art, apparel, ceramics, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware, apothecary, and more.

Featuring US + local food trucks, seating by Beehive Chicago, livestreamed DJ sets with Lumpen RadioReckless Records, and CHIRP Radio 107.1FM, workshops with Welltended and Rebuilding Exchange, photo ops by Magnolia Photo Booth Co. and Blkk Hand, live portraits by Doodlebooth, tarot readings, a very special installation with Chris Uphues and all-around good times at a truly one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience.

As always, Renegade is free to attend! All are welcome ✨



December 2 + 3, 2017
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bridgeport Art Center
1200 West 35th St.
Chicago, IL, 60609
Limited onsite parking is available, along with street parking in the immediate area, but is not guaranteed
Carpooling, ride services, biking, or taking public transportation to the Fair  is encouraged.

Enjoy our free trolley to the Fair! Pick-up services from Ashland Ave. Orange Line Stop begins at 10:30am. Last pick-up from Bridgeport Art Center at 6:30pm.


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Sharing's list of 22 Stellar Gluten-Free Restaurants in Chicago


Hi Gluten Free friends in Chicago! The folks over at put together an awesome list of 22 stellar Gluten-Free restaurants in Chicago that we bookmarked and wanted to share!  As a Celiac I know first hand that even though restaurants are more accommodating than ever to those on a gluten-free diet, there are still plenty of challenges when dining out and that safe options can still be very limited.  


We have been to some of the restaurants on the list (and can attest to their greatness),  but many are new to us.  Since menus, staffing and kitchen practices can change frequently we recommend calling ahead. And always make sure to talk with your waiter and let them know your needs. We have learned the hard way mever to assume something that should be gluten free is gluten free when dining out. 


We hope you enjoy the list and hope to post more about our favorite gluten free dining options soon. We'd love to hear where your favorite spots are too!

 22 stellar Gluten-Free restaurants in Chicago 

xx, Maddie