Movara plant-based vs. nutrient-dense menu study. Which diet yields more health benefits?

Movara plant-based vs. nutrient-dense menu study. Which diet yields more health benefits?

Do you think you would get healthier and feel better if you ate less meat and dairy? Have you ever wondered if you could switch to a fully plant-based diet? And if you did, how you might measure the change in your body?

At Movara, we strive to give our guests a variety of nutrition and fitness tools and opportunities to achieve their health goals. For this reason, we have begun conducting a small guest study that will compare the health benefits and results of an all plant-based diet vs. our typical nutrient-dense Movara menu. Our current menu accommodates a variety of food preferences – such as Vegetarian (with limited dairy), Vegan (Plant-based) and Gluten-free – but like many of you, we wonder if your results at Movara would be different if you opted for our fully plant-based menu. You can choose our plant-based menu for any of your meals during your stay with us but if you’re interested in an extended stay – and don’t mind which menu you follow – why not participate in the new study?

To qualify for this study, you would need to stay with us for minimum of 3 consecutive weeks and commit to full program participation. We’ll randomly assign participants to one of two* groups:

  • GROUP A will be “Plant Based.” Guests in this group will follow an all plant-based diet – free of meat and all other animal by-products – while still being complete with delicious nutrient-dense foods and essential proteins.
  • GROUP B will enjoy the “Current Movara Menu.” This group will follow our current diet consisting of those same nutrient-dense foods while still incorporating meat and dairy.

Both groups will follow the same daily schedule and fitness routine as well as undergo the same initial and end-of-stay assessment including: An InBody test (full body composition analysis); Weigh Ins; Body Measurements; and Full Blood Panels (a $350 value at no additional cost)

We are offering a special rate for guests who participate in the study which includes a 3-week all-inclusive resort stay with a private room [$5985 (Regularly $7485)] and a $300 resort credit.

Interested? Study space is limited so call 1-888-870-2639 or email our Reservations team for shared room rates and availability.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

*All guests can opt into the Vegan/plant-based menu and book to undergo the full blood panel (at their cost) but their results will be assigned to a third study group.

Jackfruit-stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Jackfruit-stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Jackfruit-stuffed Portobello Mushroom


2 Portobello mushrooms with stalk removed (save stalk) and gills spooned out

1C. Marinated Jackfruit* (you can buy the pre-seasoned garlic lemon or marinade yourself)

2 T. Chopped roasted tomatoes

2 Mushrooms stalks chopped or torn up

½ t. Chopped garlic

2 T. Daiya cheese (we use the mozzarella)

1t. Grapeseed oil for frying

Jackfruit marinade (optional)

1 t. Grapeseed oil

1½ t. Lemon juice

A pinch of garlic powder

A pinch of onion powder

A pinch of salt

A pinch of pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients except the cheese in a bowl.
  2. Pre-heat a pan to a medium-high heat and add the oil to the pan followed by the mixture you just combined.
  3. Sauté until the Jackfruit has some color and most of the moisture in the mushroom stalks is cooked out.
  4. Now turn off the heat, add the cheese, and stir to mix with everything else.
  5. Divide the mixture in half and stuff each Portobello with the mixture (about ½ C. each).
  6. Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet and put in a 350 Degree oven for 10-15 minutes until the mushrooms have become soft but still hold up the mixture inside.

Serves: 2   Calories per serving: 138   Protein: 16g   Sodium: 200mg   Fat: 2g

*You can find canned Jackfruit online, in Asian food markets and in the Asian food sections in major supermarkets chains. Avoid the ones in syrup for this recipe.

Movara Featured Exercise Class: Treading

Movara Featured Exercise Class: Treading

If you’ve ever visited Movara, then you know that Thursday’s are infamous for one thing – TREADING. If you have yet to visit us, allow us to explain what Treading is. Treading is a high intensity, cardio focused, fat blasting class taught every week on Thursday afternoons. Our guests choose the cardio machine of their choice, be it a treadmill, elliptical, spin bike, or Jacob’s Ladder, and participate in an intense, non-stop, 40-minute workout; sometimes longer depending on what kind of mood the trainer teaching might be in. Of course we’re joking, but we’ve seen this happen.

Our trainers pride themselves on pushing our guests to the next level, and guiding them toward personal achievements they never knew possible.

We hear the same question from many of our departing guests, “How does Treading class go again? I want to do this at home!” Well, we are more than happy to oblige. Here’s how Treading happens at Movara.


(40-minutes High Intensity)

  • 5 minutes as hard as you can go
  • 5 minute recovery
  • 4 minutes as hard as you can go
  • 4 minute recovery
  • 3 minutes as hard as you can go
  • 3 minute recovery
  • 2 minutes as hard as you can go
  • 2 minute recovery
  • 1 minute as hard as you can go
  • 1 minute recovery
  • 5 minute cool down

And always remember, you can do ANYTHING for 5-minutes!!!

Happy Treading!

David – My Story

David – My Story

In January of this year, I set out on a  multi-month journey to lose 40 pounds and visit the Best Health Spa’s in America. A new spa every 2-4 weeks, that was the initial thought process, the first was Movara, and after being there a short time, I realized I didn’t need to go anywhere else.  That said, and for my curiosity I did try one other spa for a couple weeks, and realized in short order, I needed to get back to Movara and that was the right place, the right choice at the right time for me. And what a journey, my cholesterol had been high for over 25 years, and within the first 3 months, with 0 medication…well, all cholesterol, triglycerides and all other vitals went to normal, in fact, I am 56 and the Doctors tell me I am like a 14-year-old inside.  In addition, I lost the 40 pounds and feel better than ever.

Huge thanks to the entire team at Movara.