Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The Irresistible Food of Haramara Retreat

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Spending a week at Haramara Retreat in Sayulita with Nourish Retreats was fantastic. As you read before, the resort is fantastic and unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed before.

But the food was on another level.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this — after traveling through France, Italy, Thailand and Vietnam, some of the best food I’ve ever had while traveling was at Haramara Retreat.

Ordinarily, I would go on holidays in Mexico and eat tons of guacamole, enchiladas and flan…washed down with plenty of margaritas, of course!

Haramara Retreat is a resort for yoga retreats, so you need to stay healthy.  The menu featured incredibly healthy meals, mostly vegan, and often dairy- and gluten-free, too!  (For the record, margaritas are vegan and gluten-free as well!)

This was my first time eating (mostly) clean for an extended amount of time, and it was eye-opening.  I’ve never felt so healthy in my life.

Every meal started out with a vegetable dip with baked chips, carrots, jicama and cucumbers, and a fruit-flavored water.

I loved this beet dip.

And now…get ready for the gorgeous food!

Gazpacho — finely pureed and topped with basil.

Finely chopped tomato, onion, avocado, cilantro, cucumber and mushroom salad.

Coconut cake.

We were served three course meals for both lunch and dinner every day! For breakfast, we had some fantastic granola, yogurt, fruit and eggs.

The next meal:

Vegan creamy zucchini soup.  The olive oil and sesame seeds made it so pretty.

Red snapper over vegetables.  We had fish on three occasions, and always a small serving.  The rest of the time, it was all vegetarian.

Peach cake with coconut and kiwi.

It might be hard to believe that we lived through a fitness retreat while eating a mostly vegan diet, but our meals incorporated so many beans and other sources of non-animal protein.

The next day:

Pear salad with walnuts.  I read recently that a pear vinaigrette is a great way to incorporate fiber into your diet.

Chile relleno — a pepper stuffed with cheese and some seriously spicy sauces.

Little baby vegan, gluten-free chocolate cake!

Haramara Retreat’s chef, Hugo, gave a demonstration to our group.  I unfortunately missed the demonstration because I had work to do, but the girls raved about how much love Hugo puts into his food.

I don’t want to share his recipes here, just in case he wants them kept private, but I will say that he made his delicious vegetable dips by finely pureeing the vegetable with avocado oil, which you can find at health food stores.

I would honestly return here for the sheer purpose of having Hugo cook for me.

Lunch the next day:

Vegan potato salad with new potatoes.

Stuffed pepper filled with rice.

Chocolate ice cream profiterole!

Up next:

Creamy almond soup with pistachios, asparagus and shaved truffles.  My favorite dish all week.

It was as creamy as a chowder — yet vegan!  How?  Hugo used coconut milk.

More red snapper and vegetables.

Fruit soup in orange juice.

And, finally:

Salad with hibiscus and goat cheese.  A great combination.

Portobello mushrooms, creamy polenta, and tomato sauce.

Vegan chocolate mousse.  How do you make vegan chocolate mousse?  With avocado, believe it or not!

Would you like to eat these amazing meals?  Well, here’s your chance.

Nourish Retreats is returning to Haramara Retreat in November.

You heard it here first.  The retreat is still being worked out, so the details aren’t on the site yet, but you can check out the site or follow Nourish Retreats on Facebook for updates.

This place is very special. You don’t need to be a human pretzel to do well at this retreat, and even someone as bad as fitness as me can do well and have a great time.

My time at Haramara Retreat was spent as a guest of Nourish Retreats.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Comments

20 Responses to “The Irresistible Food of Haramara Retreat”
  1. Kris says:

    Wow, that food looks terrific. You ate all of that in one sitting?

  2. Meghan says:

    I have never seen anything like that fruit soup before, but it looks delicious! I will have to recreate that in my own kitchen. The food looks absolutely amazing, I will need to check out Nourish Retreats when I start looking into yoga retreats. Thanks for the great tip!

  3. Roy says:

    That looks really delicious :O I think I could never stop eating…

  4. Angus says:

    Wow. Amazing food. Thanks for sharing! One of my favorite things about travel is the different foods you get to experience. Hence I’m ‘rolling’ around the world as we speak!

  5. Alouise says:

    That food looks so fresh and delicious. I love trying new foods when I travel. The almond soup sounds really good. I had a vegan iced lychee drink made with coconut milk, and it tasted just as creamy as milkshake.

  6. Amanda says:

    Fruit soup?? Yes, please!!

    I would have trouble with some of these dishes, though, as I really hate mushrooms. Lol. But most of it looks absolutely mouthwatering!

  7. Sarah says:

    Dude, I totally just drooled all over my keyboard….and I’m kind of blaming you for this.

    As an almost full-fledge vegan, it’s pretty incredible to notice and feel the effect that food has on you. I think sometimes we don’t even realize how drained or awful we feel, and we can usually point to food as the culprit!

    I could go on and on about how amazing it is that you highlighted all this veggie goodness but I’m pretty sure my keyboard is going to crap out at any second…since it is now covered entirely in drool.

    • Haha, this made me laugh, Sarah.

      Seriously — I do an occasional vegan fast and it’s amazing the difference in how I feel when I drop meat and dairy — and my energy is through the roof!

  8. Oh wow, everything looks insanely delicious!!!

  9. This food looks amazing! My mouth is watering. I once made a vegan Key Lime Pie with avocado… But chocolate mousee?! Impressive.

  10. making me hungry ><. Nice pics!

  11. Christina says:

    Yay! My favorite post of yours in the past was the veggie feast in indonesia (?) Becoming vegan changed my life-it makes my heart smile to see others discover how delicious and amazing it makes you feel.Give it a try at home-mexican food can be a quite simple and still amazing!

  12. I really shouldn’t read your blog early in the morning. I could go for every except the beet dip. Not a fan of beets. That coconut cake and pear salad would be must tries.

  13. Char says:

    The food looks amazing. I love the actual plates themselves too, they are beautiful! I am going on a yoga retreat in Mexico in November and your posts about your retreat have me so excited.

  14. I was there a year ago. so amazing!

  15. Eden says:

    OMG, because of this I want to just pack up and go there and just submerge myself in the food!

  16. Stefanie says:

    Just came back from Haramara retreat. The food was amazing! Loved the beet dip! Ate a lot but didn’t gain an ounce since I spent several hours a day doing yoga and climbing up hills 🙂

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