Spalicious

Photography by: Victoria Pearson
Spalicious

A rejuvenating weekend at a destination spa, complete with hot stone massages and pampering facials, can send you back home feeling (and looking) relaxed and energized. But the healthy eating habits and surprisingly delicious food are what stick with you long after the glow from your facial has faded. The meals that come out of top spa kitchens offer all the good fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need to keep your body and even your brain in peak condition. And the way they’re served can inspire how you eat every day. “Spas really pioneered the healthy eating habits that we now embrace, like eating local, organic and sustainably,” says Alexia Brue, a former Luxury Spa Finder contributing editor and author of the memoir Cathedrals of the Flesh: My Search for the Perfect Bath (Bloomsbury USA). “Destination spas like Mexico’s Rancho La Puerta were early proponents of the idea that eating fresh, healthy food could lead to weight loss and other benefits.” So, how can you bring those spa lessons into your own kitchen? These dishes, created by some of the most celebrated North American spa chefs, make it easier than ever. While each chef (and spa) has a unique perspective, they all have one thing in common: beautiful, indulgent-tasting recipes that also manage to be nutrient-rich, low-calorie and hassle-free.