What John Grisham, Limes, and Detoxing all have in common

Since coming back from Mexico, I’ve been slightly more interested in a few different things.

John Grisham novels
Limes
Detoxing

I’ll explain each in detail, if you so care to know why I’m interested in these. But first, a little background.

When at an all-inclusive resort, such as the Aventura Spa Palace we went to, one usually eats and drinks without a second thought. Since it’s all already paid for, why not have a mimosa in the morning? Why not get a second helping of guacamole? Or greet every morning with a spiked coffee? Or order room service (24-hour hello!) at 1 am? Why? Because when you check back into reality, you no longer feel vibrant! That’s why.

We did a great job of eating.

We had some wonderful dishes, fresh calamari stuffed with seafood, lots of fresh seafood. Steaks and interesting salads.

FRESH fruit every morning and maybe an omelette or two. We pretty much stayed true to Paleo form, with only a slight variation added at times. No chips, no tortillas, not much in the way of grains or legumes at all, actually.

Yes, I worked out most days. Yes, we were swimming and playing.

Sascha. I don't even know how he does some things...

Water aerobics was a blast. But still.

I cannot say that I wasn’t as happy as a …muscle, as I was. I was in paradise. Who wouldn’t be happy?! But it does take it out of you.

Which brings me back to my top 3 things of slight obsession lately: John Grisham novels, Limes, and Detoxes.

It’s about a 5 1/2 hour flight to Cancun from California, and who can not bring a book with them?? I read my first John Grisham novel last week and loved it. He’s a great writer and knows way too much about law. Anyway, I’m hooked. Any good Grisham novels out there I should read next?? How about a new or great author???

Limes. I LOVE limes. Limes in Mexico are used like I eat kabocha. Or drink coffee. Or Dijon mustard. Or… you get the idea. They use limes in everything, every dish, every drink, I’m sure they may even slather lime juice on their faces. But thinking about it now, I didn’t see any limes in the coconut…

Anyway, we went to a guacamole and pico de gallo demo where they showed us how they made their traditional recipes.

Lime, lime, lime is the secret ingredient I’ve been missing! Fresh lime juice.

Traditional and Simple Guacamole

  • RIPE avocados
  • cilantro
  • white onion
  • lots of lime juice
  • salt & pepper
  • optional jalapeno

That’s it. Super easy and fast and muy delicioso!

Pico De Gallo

  • tomatoes
  • white onion
  • cilantro
  • lots of lime juice
  • salt & pepper
  • optional garlic

Again, EASY.

Even in the sushi demonstration we attended, they put lime juice in their soy sauce! It was TASTY, let me tell you! What a revelation to me. 😉

My arsenal of a kitchen is already packed with fresh limes that I’ve been loving in salads, in smoothies, and on top of fresh avocado… mmmmm….

And lastly, detox comes to mind when thinking about how wonderful it would be to cleanse my body…

 

The Cleansing Coconut

I know Lauren just started one, Spa Bettie is an active juice goddess, and now it’s my turn…