Vacationing doesn’t always mean escaping! Sometimes the best way to recharge and regroup is to make life changes on your time off…something that will enhance your daily routine for years after returning. If you’re looking to lose weight and keep it off permanently, a visit to the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa on Miami’s coast is a can’t miss destination.
A bougainvillaea-draped promenade leads to Pritikin’s grand entrance surrounded by an Arquitectonica-designed meditative labyrinth. The newly renovated Longevity Center and Spa ensconced on the grounds of a 650-acre retreat greets guests with a four-story, glass-roofed atrium, Carrera marble floors, and Keystone Coral walls.
Beyond legendary spa treatments and serenity inducing wellness programs, 2 world-class restaurants led by Pritikin’s award-winning chefs not only serve gourmet heart-healthy cuisine but teach guests in their on-site Cooking School how to re-create these same dishes step-by-step at home.
To taste what Pritikin’s spa cuisine is like before planning your visit, here is a signature recipe from Pritikin Executive Chef Anthony Stewart‘s kitchen:
Pritikin Longevity Center’s Appleton Chicken
4 4-oz boneless chicken breasts
¼ cup apple rum (or low-sodium vegetable stock)
¼ cup orange juice
cloves garlic, chopped
¼ tsp. red crushed pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 cups baby spinach leaves
2 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 4 teaspoons cold water
1 cup grapes, halved
½ cup cherry/grape tomatoes, halved
1. Combine rum, juice, shallots, garlic, pepper, thyme, and orange zest in a blender. Blend for 1 minute.
2. In a medium bowl, pour blended marinade over chicken breasts, making sure breasts are well coated. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
3. To a large nonstick skillet, add canola oil. Heat to medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts (saving the marinade). Brown breasts on both sides, about 1 minute per side.
4. Add spinach leaves, cover, and cook till leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Pour marinade into skillet, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
5. Gradually add cornstarch to thicken sauce. Add grapes and tomatoes, and cover. Lower flame and simmer another 2 minutes.
This dish pairs beautifully with whole grains like brown rice or whole-grain couscous and pastas as well as potatoes. If desired, you can substitute wine or low-sodium vegetable stock for the rum.
Photos courtesy of Pritikin