Puerto Vallarta – Healthy Options by the Sea

sunset2Puerto Vallarta may have been crowded at Christmas, but my boyfriend and I had a great time walking along the vibrant oceanfront malecon, exploring nearby beaches by bus, and cafe-hopping. This was my first Puerto Vallarta vacation, but I have been to Mexico several times, slowly discovering more of the beauty and inexpensive travel not far from home.

Armed with my list researched on the web, I found a decent array of veggie options; I wish I could have made it to more of them. A favorite was Restaurante Vegetariano Mary (inside Hotel Paloma del  Mar), where you are greeted by a lovely owner and a casual buffet that makes you feel like you are in someone’s home. Mary told us about her powerful change of heart — she went from owning a carniceria (butcher shop) to practically giving the shop away once she felt compelled to go vegetarian.

planetavegAnother bright buffet in a peaceful setting is Planeta Vegetariano, conveniently close to the Lady of Guadalupe church and the ocean.  Not fully vegetarian — but still a mainstay in the Zona Romantica — was Salud Super Food, a popular place owned by expats from the U.S. which served up wraps and smoothies and used health-conscious items such as chia seeds, quinoa, and alternative beverages like almond milk.

veggietableAt the Saturday farmer’s market in the Zona Romantica, I caught not only some lovely local art but a vendor called Veggie Table that dished up veggie tacos, soy meats, burgers and other delights. They have a new shop in town, too.

Even though I wasn’t eating as abundantly as I do in San Diego, I had many fine meals with a Mexican flair, and enjoyed the sunshine, the beach, and lively streets, as often happens in Latin America.

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