Viceroy Zihuatanejo Prepares Aztec ‘Food of the Gods’
From flyboarding and watersports to mixed martial arts classes, guests can be as active as they want to be at Viceroy Zihuatanejo, the luxurious seaside resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast. And to power them through the sports and activities, Executive Chef Paco Isordia has drawn upon his ancestral ‘food of the gods.’
He prepares his Aztec Energy Bars with a cornucopia of oats, nuts and dried fruits, but what really sets them apart is a traditional Mexican grain – the nutritional, and gluten-free, powerhouse of amaranth that was a staple of the ancient Aztecs.
Amaranth was the Aztec’s food of the gods, representing nearly 80 percent of their caloric intake and used in ritual drinks and dishes. It held such sway over the Aztecs that the Spanish outlawed its cultivation after the conquest. The Aztec Energy Bars have quickly become a hit with active and fitness-conscious guests and the favorite after-workout pick-me-up at the resort's gym.