Inspired by nature, our artfully prepared, organic plant-based cuisine is a highlight for our guests and a key component of our results-driven approach. The Ranch team has been cooking with plant proteins for more than 20 years and is passionate about offering complete, nutrient-dense meals with an element of surprise.
Using ingredients sourced from our onsite certified organic garden or nearby local farms, research and care has been strategically stirred, sous-vide-d and baked into every nutritionally balanced bite. Our chefs are constantly adjusting the menu, based on what’s in season, and draw upon the latest technologies and techniques to satiate guests with familiar flavors. Offering innovative, plant-based takes on classic comfort foods, the favorite meals of our guests include warm spinach and zucchini lasagna prepared with marinara sauce and the finest nut-based ricotta cheese, gluten-free pizzas with an ever-changing list of toppings and sauces, our signature Burrito Bowl and a hearty yet flavorful Portobello steak.
Our daily diet features the finest fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes and seeds, while excluding alcohol, caffeine, dairy, soy, processed sugars, diet sweeteners and gluten to aid in the cleansing and revitalization process.
Balancing protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fat and taste, our delicious vegan cuisine is designed to sustain you through our rigorous program, providing your body with the full spectrum of nutrients and enhancing detoxification. At around 1400 calories each day, our chefs focus on the quality of the calories used rather than the quantity, with ingredients selected for their nutrient density rather than for the sake of counting calories.
Guests enjoy meals in a communal setting whether it’s in our dining room at The Ranch Malibu, an enchanting greenhouse at The Ranch 4.0 or post-hike lunches on the beach (offered at both programs). Mealtimes are also used as an opportunity to discuss and educate guests on the tools for maintaining the healthy habits learned from their stay. We are able to accommodate most allergies and the calorie count can also be adjusted for those guests not looking to lose weight.
Yes, on our morning hikes you will receive a small handful of almonds (generally about 6) with sea salt to help replenish electrolytes and fuel the body. It’s become quite our calling card over the years, but the purpose of counting your almonds is not deprivation. This mental exercise is meant to bring awareness to how much your body truly needs to feel full, even while performing rigorous activity. Guests are often surprised that this snack does in fact satiate them, especially when eaten with undivided attention. Be assured though you are always welcome to have more!
A guest-favorite at both programs, learn the secrets of our vegan cuisine with our weekly cooking class. Discover our chefs’ go-to ingredients, healthy counterparts to your pantry staples, must-have cooking tools to ensure effortless prep and of course recipe demos so that you can replicate your favorite meals from the program with ease. There is ample time for Q&A, and guests leave with The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook featuring 100 plant-based recipes straight from our kitchen to further encourage healthy habits upon departure.
At the foundation of every meal is the use of fresh, organic ingredients harvested daily at The Ranch’s on-site certified organic garden. Acting as an endless source of inspiration, the fruits, vegetables and herbs that shape our daily menu is grown under the collaboration of our Executive Chef and Master Gardener. With an emphasis on maximizing the harvest in the space available, the garden utilizes a style similar to the French Bio-Intensive Method to yield a bounty of crops in a relatively small space. Menus and planting schemes are developed in concert, about 12 weeks in advance of the season, so that once grown ingredients are sent to our kitchen at their peak and guests are able to reap the benefits of these powerful plants. The garden is also nimble enough to quickly incorporate new ideas or specific ingredients, staying at the forefront of current trends and nutritional research. Those in the weeklong program will also enjoy a tour of our certified organic garden to learn the art of cultivating organically grown produce and enjoy a few tasty samples along the way.