Aztec Energy Bars

The newly introduced Aztec Energy Bars at chic Viceroy Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific coast have quickly become a hit with fitness-conscious guests – and the favorite after-workout pick-me-up at the resort’s gym. They are prepared with oats, nuts and dried fruits, but what really sets them apart is a traditional Mexican grain – the nutritional, and gluten-free, powerhouse of amaranth that was a staple of the ancient Aztecs. Amaranth was a food of the gods in the Aztec world, representing as much as 80% of their caloric consumption and used in ritual drinks and dishes. It held such sway over the Aztecs that the Spanish outlawed its cultivation after the conquest.

These Aztec Energy Bars are easy to make at home, particularly since the magical amaranth grain has been discovered by nutritionists and foodies in the U.S. (it has more protein than wheat, low carbohydrate content and is rich in amino acids, fiber, calcium, magnesium and iron) and can now can be found in health- and specialty-food stores or online.

Viceroy Zihuatanejo’s executive chef, Paco Isordia, created this recipe to reward guests who commit to working out while on vacation, jumping into everything at the resort from martial arts classes and yoga instruction to stand-up paddle boarding, fly-boarding and the well-equipped gym. He drew inspiration from the various uses of amaranth in Mexico today.

A paradisal on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Viceroy Zihuatanejo is nestled on one of the country’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, Playa La Ropa, on tranquil Zihuatanejo Bay. The enchanting two-story adobe-inspired casitas, housing 46 luxurious suites and guestrooms, are tucked in gentle hills above the picturesque fishing village of Zihuatanejo. The garden landscape is rich with coconut trees, rainbow-hued bougainvillea and vibrant hibiscus. The resort’s exquisite white-sand beach stretches for 600 feet along a gorgeous coastline. Guests enjoy massages and treatments at an intimate spa in a lush tropical setting, fitness center, yoga program and an array of activities from water sports to cooking classes.

Love and Chocolate At Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Love and chocolate are everywhere this Valentine’s Day at Viceroy Zihuatanejo – at the beach, the spa, and the La Marea
restaurant. Lovers can escape to Zihuatanejo together for sexy and sensual options to their heart’s content. I want to go! Don’t you?
“We are creating a Valentine’s Day vibe at Viceroy Zihuatanejo where couples can live their passion, re-ignite the fire in their relationship, or even ask for her – or his – hand,” said General Manager Martin Kipping. Here are some of the fabulous options:
  • Valentine’s Day ‘Chocolate Dinner’ at La Marea: The five-course dinner features chocolate in each course, welcome cocktail, live saxophone music and Wish Lanterns.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana: Enjoy a private cabana with your Valentine on the resort’s beautiful La Ropa Beach for the evening, a special four-course menu and welcome drinks
  • ‘Sense of the Night’ Lounge with Chocolate Buffet: A romantic open-air lounge by the sand with a Chocolate Buffet of passionate treats including Chocolate Fondue, White and Dark Chocolate Covered Fruits, Chocolate Cupcakes, Chocolate with Marshmallow, Chocolate Bonbons, Fruit Brochettes and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sea of Love Experience at the Spa:  A sensual duet for couples that starts with an Earth and Sea Salt scrub, made with pure salts harvested around the globe, followed by a massage with aphrodisiac essential oils, plus a take-home spa gift. 80 Minutes.
  • The A Romance Remembered package includes a spacious suite with a private plunge pool, breakfast daily for two, romantic plunge pool turndown, and two of the special Valentine’s Day experiences described above: Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana and the Sea of Love Experience at the Spa.
Tell your favorite person, you now know what you want for Valentine’s Day!!

Lemon Water with Chia Seeds

Have you tried Chia seeds? This superfood is gaining popularity as a top “Superfood”. At One&Only Palmilla in Mexico, I tried chia fresco which is made by soaking chia seeds in fruit juice or water. I knew this was a fabulous idea because it’s SO healthy! If you’re not familiar with the health benefits of Chia seeds? Read on:

Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons). They contain protein and minerals including as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. New research suggests that including chia seeds in your diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. It’s said that the amounts of omega 3’s can also work reduce symptoms of depression and increase brain function. You can also eat chia seeds raw or sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, rice, yogurt or vegetables. Enough said?

Also, if you haven’t been to or heard of  One&Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, put it on your bucket list ASAP!