Spa-worthy Mexican recipes
I had some expectations last year when I went to Rancho La Puerta , a health spa in northern Baja Mexico: hours of tranquil pampering, as much exercise as I could pack into a day and tiny portions of spare-looking diet food. I wasn’t disappointed by the daily spa schedule of massages, salt rubs, soaks in hot baths and hikes. But when it came to the food I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was I going to starve?
It turned out there was no need to worry. There was plenty of food at all the meals, and beyond that, it was delicious Mexican food . Since is was a spa menu, I was pleasantly surprised to find Mexican food like Shrimp Tamale Casserole , Quick Guacamole , Chile Rellenos and tacos .
Want to make your favorite Mexican-inspired recipes healthier? Try some of these strategies perfected by Rancho La Puerta:
* Start with super-fresh ingredients, including plenty of fruits, vegetables and herbs. A lot of the produce for the Ranch is grown on the property.
* Keep portion sizes reasonable. Most of the portions at the Ranch are small (compared to an American restaurant) and that limits the calories.
* Limit added fats, especially saturated ones found in meat or butter. Instead use fats that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil.
* Season dishes with fresh herbs and spices instead of fats and salt.
Jessie Price , Food Blog
Jessie Price is the editor-in-chief of EatingWell magazine. Besides her work on 11 other EatingWell books, she is the author of the James Beard Award-winning The Simple Art of EatingWell and EatingWell One-Pot Meals. She lives in Charlotte, Vermont where she stays busy growing her own vegetables in the summer and tracking down great Vermont food products when she’s not working.
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