Dining FAQ’s

We strive to preserve the nutritious value of food by the way it is grown, harvested, and cooked. Every body is unique in its needs, and every body’s needs can change over time. There is no one diet that works for everyone.

Some guests have further inquiries about meals and their own diet requirements while at The Ranch, and we are happy to accommodate. Here are answers to many of the questions we hear most:

Rancho La Puerta Dietary Frequently Asked Questions

Alcohol

If you wish to enjoy wine throughout the week, it is available for purchase at the Bazaar Del Sol—a gift shop and cafe with patio seating and marvelous ambiance (and views of Mt. Kuchumaa). Enjoy it there or at your own room or patio. We also serve wine at two functions: a welcome reception and a farewell dinner Friday night. (See wine below for more details about enjoying wine during your visit.)

Allergies

We can accommodate special food needs including lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and fish, shellfish, nut, egg and soy allergies. Please advise your reservationist of any allergies, especially life threatening allergies, upon booking. 

Carbs

We focus more on slow-releasing carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, beans, and brown rice, which keep your energy sustained throughout the day.

Fish/Shellfish

A fresh fish “catch of the day” will be on the dinner menu four times a week, and several times for lunch. We adhere to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Most of our seafood comes from the seaport of Ensenada, Baja California. A vegetarian alternative entree is always offered for those who don’t eat fish or shellfish.

Gluten

Gluten-free options are available at every meal.  

Juices

Our organic juice bar, Tierra Alegre, features fruit smoothies and fresh vegetable juice blends. 

Kosher

The Ranch kitchen is not kosher certified.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian

The Ranch’s diet is lacto-ovo vegetarian (includes dairy and eggs, but no meats or poultry are served). Meals are a balanced offering of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy, and egg products. Our fresh cuisine provides plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to support your active fitness week. It is low in fat, sodium, and refined flour and sugar — while high in energy, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.  

Meats

We do not serve any red meat, pork, or poultry.  See “lacto-ovo vegetarian.”

Oils

Extra-virgin olive oil features the terroir of Baja California’s Guadalupe Valley (also famed for its wines). We also use some specialty oils, such as walnut, avocado, truffle, etc. 

Organic

As much as possible, and as attuned to the seasons as we can reasonably be, we procure organic fruits and vegetables from our own extensive organic farm, and from our region’s purveyors who practice sustainable, organic farming. We cannot, however, say that we are “100% organic.” 

Paleo

The Ranch diet is not completely accommodating to paleo devotees. Please refer to our sample menu to see how your paleo needs can be met via eggs, seafood, fruit, nuts, etc…

Poultry

We do not serve any poultry. See “lacto-ovo vegetarian.”

Protein

The Ranch provides an array of protein-rich cuisine, including legumes, grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, soy, and seafood offerings. For more information, please see our blog post on Ranch Protein Sources.

Slow Food

We follow ‘Slow Food’ precepts. As much as possible, and as attuned to the seasons as we can reasonably be, we procure organic fruits and vegetables from our own extensive organic farm, and from our region’s purveyors who practice sustainable, organic farming.

Soy

Soy-free options are available at every meal.  

Sugar

The Ranch diet is low in refined sugar.  See our nutritionist’s blog post for our perspective on sugar.  

Vegan

Avoiding foods or other products derived from animals is easy at all meals, and vegetarian entrées at dinner are entirely plant-based.

Vegetarian

See “lacto-ovo vegetarian.”  Strict vegetarians will find plenty of satisfying plant-based protein options. 

Weight Loss

We are not a weight-loss program. Most guests who partake of our fitness program and eat in moderation will be very satisfied with their body’s response to a week at The Ranch.

Wine

We feel that wine is an ancient, nutritious, and healthful (in moderation) food that has its place at the table and at life’s celebrations. At Rancho La Puerta we do not allow alcohol in our dining room or public areas throughout the week, at any meal, except at two functions: a welcome reception and a farewell dinner Friday night. In both cases, we serve the wine — usually a vintage from the nearby Valle de Guadalupe wine region. This is a longtime tradition, and our guests prefer it. If you wish to enjoy wine throughout the week, it is available for purchase at the Bazaar Del Sol—a gift shop and cafe with patio seating and marvelous ambience (and views of Mt. Kuchumaa). Enjoy it there or at your own room or patio.

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