Local restaurants serve up balanced meals for a healthier vacation
Whenever I am traveling, one of the challenges I face is keeping a well-balanced diet. I can always find something to eat, even with my dietary restrictions, but after several days with minimal greens and a few too many tortillas, my body starts to get angry at me. Eating your weight in tacos, enchiladas, totopos, and churros may seem fun at first, but if you are traveling long-term or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will want to search for other options.
I am here to help! Sayulita has many delicious restaurants that you are going to want to try them, but if you are looking for a few staples to keep your stomach happy without sacrificing flavour, I have some recommendations.
The Don Juan Salad
Don Juan’s is a little off the beaten path but definitely worth it if you are in search of some variety. Their menu is big, but it’s hard not to miss the large selection of salads on the first page. They all sound delicious, but I am a fan of the Don Juan Salad. It is a tangy sweet salad with pears, grapes, caramelized nuts, and a Dijon dres- sing. You have the option to add some protein, and I recommend going with the chicken. For a dairy- free option, ask for no cheese.
Cazuelitas from Mary’s
The Cazuelitas at Mary’s are like a burrito bowl but better. They include the standard rice, salsa, avocado but instead of black or refried beans they use white beans and also mix in a hefty portion of steamed vegetables. You can choose shrimp, chicken or fish, and you can get it without the cheese or cream if you ask. These are surprisingly affordable for their size. I like to get them to go for lunch.
Poke Bowls at Organik
For the longest time, everyone was telling me about the Poke Bowls at Organik. And now I know! Apparently, there are many ways to make a poke bowl, and I have yet to try them all, but I am a big fan of the original and the mango bowl. This is a great way to get a ton of flavor and nutrition while eating interesting ingredients that are rare on other menus around town.
Pub Chopped Salad from Public House
The Pub Chopped Salad at Public House is one of those salads that is more grains and proteins than it is greens, but I like it that way. Made with quinoa, corn, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, arugula, grilled chicken, and optional cheese, this salad is paired with a pesto dressing making it hearty enough to fill you up without giving you that heavy, bloated feeling after.
Fresh Food from Your Local Tienda
In my opinion, taking the time to prepare something fresh and local from one of the many shops in town is worth the extra effort. Just look around if you are in search of some fresh fruit or produce to make a nice salad or steamed veggies with rice. If you have a full kitchen and the desire to cook a big meal, there are even a variety of fish markets and butchers within a few blocks of the plaza.
Sarah Johanna is a freelance writer and researcher. At the beginning of 2017, she left her typical New York City life to travel and gain insight into how we relate to the natural world. Sarah manages Haus of Healing, a travel and lifestyle blog focused on exploring the themes of nature and mysticism in connection to health and wellness.