The food at the Miraval Spa in Tucson is absolutely divine. As an all-inclusive resort, the food is included. You must make reservations for dinner, but you may appear at the dining room any time you like within the hours available for breakfast and lunch. In the bar area during the afternoon there is a spread of healthy snacks like crackers, cheese, hummus, fruit, vegetables, nuts, etc. There is also a smoothie bar that is open until the afternoon where you can have smoothies made to order.
Being a spa, the food is low calorie, but with maximum taste. Unlike some spas, they also serve desserts. The portions are tiny, but serving dessert is consistent with their philosophy of balance.
We had the opportunity, during the lunch hour, to watch cooking demonstrations by the pastry chef. She spent one lunch demonstrating various cookies, and the other she taught us how to make tortilla soup. It was fun to watch the dynamic demonstration and then sample the food. She made ginger cookies, raspberry cookies, and double chocolate meringues.
Every lunchtime, they served a different flavored water. The combinations of the herbs and fruits were so refreshing. They even had a cucumber water. I bet if I were to make a batch of this every day I wouldn’t ever forget to drink my eight glasses a day.
Lunch was a self-serve buffet full of salads, soups, and other hot dishes of the day. You could also order the special. Most days it was fish so I was unable to order the specials.
Breakfast was also a beautiful buffet spread, but there was a menu available where you could order things such as Market Toast and Huevos Rancheros.
I was generally too hungry after my workouts and all that relaxing that I generally forgot to take pictures. A little lazy too. But I did manage to get a one more.
As a surprise, each of the ladies in our party (three of us), was presented a Miraval cookbook. We were able to get them autographed by several of the chefs. It is a lovely cookbook. So far I have made the strawberry bars and Pork Posole. They are delicious, nutritious, and great for those who are watching their diet. Just FYI: you can order the cookbook from Amazon. I am especially inspired by all the different grains they use, as well as the creative way vegetables and fruits are served.