2013 Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Spas for Nutrition

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Spa cuisine has become a popular trend in spas across the country. Now more than ever, destination spas are creating innovative program menus that are specifically designed by professional dietitians to promote healthy weight loss, and these top five nutritious spas are certainly excelling at it!

Shane Diet, Weight-Loss & Fitness Resorts – San Antonio, TX

Based at The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, this affordable, all-inclusive program provides amazing short and long term weight-loss strategies taught by expert coaches. One of the most important philosophies of the program is, of course, nutrition: eating portion-controlled, properly-prepared food that tastes good and is also good for you! Throughout your stay, you’ll have the privilege of enjoying Nutritionist supervised meals (prepared by acclaimed Westin’s chefs!) and all program menus are exclusively designed by the resort’s Registered Dietitians who encourage healthy weight loss for all!

Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa – Miami, FL

At Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, you’ll learn that you can genuinely enjoy foods through delicious and healthy alternatives! With the Pritikin Program, it’s easy to find that you can delight in some surprisingly tasteful fare (even in large, substantial portions), and still accomplish your personal weight-loss goals! Pritikin’s executive chef and his brilliant team of sous chefs have crafted an abundance of wholesome meals that are as pleasurable to the palate as they are to the eye. Guests can enjoy nourishing entrees such as Filet of Grass-Fed Bison, Grilled Vegetable Pizzas, Seared Salmon with Arugula and Balsamic Vinegar, and Mushroom Risotto! What’s even more exciting about the Pritikin program is that as you’re learning to appreciate healthier meals, the staff will instruct you on how to prepare these meals at home in your own kitchen, so that you can permanently incorporate healthy eating into your everyday life!

Green Mountain at Fox Run – Ludlow, VT

This weight loss retreat has an incredible non-diet weight loss program that redefines the complicated relationships we tend to have with food. The program offers a Normal Eating Restructuring Program that allows you to choose from an array of satisfying and healthful foods; all of which promote wellbeing! You’ll be amazed at how effective it is to eat a healthy meal at regular intervals, assuring that it can help you not only avoid poor eating choices but also allow you to pick foods that make you feel good! You’ll even get to learn how to feed yourself well at Green Mountain’s workshops on Becoming a Skillful Eater, Redefining Healthy Eating and Healing with Food.

Deerfield Spa

Deerfield Spa – East Stroudsburg, PA

Deerfield Spa is a full-service destination spa that offers an effective fitness program and teaches individuals how to eat healthy. Deerfield’s spa cuisine incorporates fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein to gratify all your senses while you eat in a healthful and balanced way! Daily menu assortments vary and your taste preferences, likes, dislikes and specific dietary needs or restrictions can be easily personalized in your very own Meal Plan! If eating to achieve weight loss is among your goals, Deerfield will gladly proportion meals and calories. Their Nutritional Counselors will even assist you in developing proper eating habits to promote a long-lasting, vivacious lifestyle!

Hilton Head Health – Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Health is a weight loss and health resort that offers lifestyle-modification programs founded on three major elements; one of which being nutrition! During your stay, enjoy a 1200-1400 calorie/day meal plan with delectable flavors and sensible portions that will leave you feeling more than satisfied!  The resort’s qualified Culinary Team has created a low-calorie, nutritious gourmet cuisine that focuses on local and natural ingredients to ensure a well-balanced diet. Aside from the program’s meal plan, you have the opportunity to engage in nutrition classes and collaborative sessions that not only instruct but also show you how to eat healthful meals even after your stay comes to an end!