Our Approach

Dining at the Heartland is an experience!  Meals are served in a private dining room at the Baker House, a Nationally Designated Historic Property. A walk down the hall between the two buildings is like a walk through time. 

Meals are included in all 2, 3, 5, and 7 night packages.  We provide 3 nutritious portion-controlled meals and two healthy snacks everyday, plus coffee or tea.  

Healthy Eating/Tasty Food


Changing how you eat is hard! The evidence is clear that a plant-based diet helps lower the risk of many cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and other diseases common to our western civilization. A plant-rich diet will also aid in weight loss and weight maintenance. In fact, it is widely considered the healthiest way to lose and maintain ideal weight.

​But eating should also be a pleasure!

​Our approach to food at The Heartland is quite simple: Make it easy to fill up on all of the things that are good for us, by making vegetables as tasty as possible. However, we don’t stop there–we also know that deprivation is not sustainable, so all meals should also be flavorful and satisfying. When you fill up on the good stuff, small portions of anything you love are also okay. Finding this balance in your life at home is easier after you practice it here!

The Heartland Spa prepares an abundance of low-fat, high flavor healthy meals and snacks for you each day. Tempting and satisfying examples include grilled salmon served over spinach-mushroom ravioli in a broth with ginger, garlic, orange zest, snow peas and red peppers and fresh berries crepe drizzled with vanilla sauce and almonds. You will not feel deprived, we promise! Water, tea, and coffee are available to our guests throughout the day and night along with two bottles of water provided daily in your in-suite refrigerator. Our healthy meals and snacks calculate to less than 1,500 calories daily and follow all the Mayo Clinic guidelines for a healthy diet.
Food for Thought at the Heartland Spa…
The average American eats a diet high in fat, sugar and salt and low in complex carbohydrates. At The Heartland Spa and Wellness Retreat, visitors enjoy a delicious, portion-controlled science-based diet. Lots of our guests come to The Heartland Spa with questions about nutritional controversies. We attempt to clear up areas of concern and emphasize a common sense approach where ‘moderation in all things’ is our motto.

Our menu includes lots of fruits and vegetables supplemented with protein, whole grains, and dairy products. Emphasis is on creating meals rich in flavor, texture and presentation appeal. High in complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes), our menu it is low in sodium and fat. The menu is also low in calories, but nutritional balance is stressed, as is slow, safe and permanent weight loss.

The Heartland Spa’s education program includes lectures on nutrition basics, food preparation, and behavior modification techniques for weight loss. Professionals from a variety of fields speak regularly at The Heartland on topics relating to nutrition, as well as fitness and stress management.

Many people come to The Heartland with hopes of making big changes in their lives. We provide them with the tools and information needed to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle and greater personal satisfaction. The Heartland Spa is unique in comparison to other spas in that we consider facilitating these hopes our primary purpose. Our staff will counsel guests who have specific concerns about achieving their ‘healthstyle’ goals.

None of us can afford to function sub-optimally. Sound nutrition is the first step toward living a full life with the health and stamina required to achieve whatever an individual wishes. We demonstrate at The Heartland Spa that nutritional ideas are easy to live with and can be incorporated into the schedule of the busiest person.