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Spa Cuisine Goes Gourmet

Friday, August 21st, 2009

When it comes to a day at the spa, the last thing we’d ever want to do is deprive ourselves. And that carries through to cuisine. While most people associate carrot sticks, bean sprouts and fake cheese with spa food, these days spas are elevating the overall experience with delicious gourmet spreads.

Here are some delectable dishes that we found at a few choice spas:

–    The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona is famous for their Pacific Rim – a forbidden rice and Bhutanese relish, soy ginger braised chicken with fennel and tomatoes, grilled shrimp joined by peas in miso dressing, sweet figs and oranges glazed with ginger and sweet sake. They also offer fresh fruit smoothies made with agave nectar.

–    The chefs at Chiva-Som Luxury Health Resort in Thailand create daily menus to offer the widest range of dishes to suit a healthy lifestyle. They make sure all of their dishes can also be made at home, using ingredients that can be found anywhere. They offer spa cooking classes and an exclusive cookbook. Some of their favorites include Stir-Fried Lamb Chops with Oyster Sauce, Black Sticky Rice with Mango, and a Pomelo and Prawns Salad.
Sukko Cultural Spa

–    Sukko Cultural Spa, also in Thailand, presents the legend of the ancient food therapy through a specialized menu. They offer a course on Traditional Thai cuisine, which gives an overview of  Thai herbs and spices. They also prepare special menus for their guests depending on their blood type and earth sign. Some of their signature dishes include a spicy hot tofu soup with red chili paste, eggplant, basil leave, in coconut-milk, and a spicy salad of jelly noodles with fresh shrimp and minced pork.

–    As an American Plan Spa, The Oaks in Ojai, California provides a 1,000 plus calorie a day food plan that AHI AT THE OAKS AT OJAIconsists of three meals, snacks and beverages. The varied menus feature natural foods, fresh fish and poultry, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade salad dressings and soups – all without a touch of additional salt or refined sugar used in the preparation. Many meals feature freshly-grown herbs from their gardens. Dishes include Chicken Thighs with Barley, Garlic and Chardonnay, fresh fruit soups and Ojai Winter Orange Salad (season permitting).

Here are 11 Key Components of Spa Lifestyle Cuisine (according to Road & Travel magazine):
1.    Promotes optimal health and well being through a sensible strategy for life long healthy eating habits.
2.    Exemplifies variety, moderation, and balance through the entire menu.
3.    Features seasonally fresh, clean, whole foods with high nutritive value and minimal processing such as:FRESH FRUIT SOUP FROM THE OAKS AT OJAI

i. Whole grains, legumes, and beans.
ii. Brightly colored fresh fruits & vegetables.
iii. Lean protein sources.
iv. Lean dairy or calcium-rich non-dairy sources.
v. Fresh herbs, minimize added salt.
vi. Clean water.
vii. Monounsaturated fats, omega-3 source, minimize saturated and trans-fats.
viii. Limit sugar and artificial sweeteners
4.    Uses natural and innovative substitutions to create healthier food options.
5.    Emphasizes mindful portion sizes and regularly patterned eating.
6.    Utilizes preparation and cooking methods that maximizes and enhances the beauty, flavor, texture and nutrition of the food.
7.    Exemplifies self sufficiency in the kitchen through practical cooking methods that can be replicated at home.
8.    Fulfills individual nutrition parameters and preferences.
9.    Pleasurable and satisfying to all senses.
10.    Embraces and incorporates credible nutrition.
11.    Incorporates and promotes the sustainability of agricultural resources.

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