manzanillo: at the resort.

by Janetha on February 9, 2012

in travel


glad you guys are digging the peach protein muffin recipe. i got a lot of questions about what protein powder to use, and i wanted to address that real quick.

i have done a lot of baking with protein powder, and while 100% whey protein WILL work, i think that other types bake up better. a few that i like:

  • olympian labs pea protein
  • bob’s red mill soy protein
  • syntha 6 whey/egg/casein blend protein<—high in carbs, but bakes great

if i am going to use a 100% whey protein powder to bake with, i have found that the MRM rich vanilla yields the best results.  the thing with whey protein is it can toughen baked goods, so i try to combine it with whole wheat pastry flour so the fluffiness of the recipe is not too compromised.  if you are using ONLY protein powder and no flours, for sure don’t go with whey. but if you are using whey and the recipe has whole wheat pastry flour, coconut flour, or other flours.. give it a try and see how it turns out!  just know that the whey may make it a little tougher/rubbery.

one more thing, i always, always, always bake with either a vanilla or unflavored protein powder and add my own extracts/flavorings to the recipe. i feel like using dark cocoa powder yields a better chocolate flavor than using a chocolate protein powder. in fact, i never buy chocolate protein powder for this very reason.

now you know my baking-with-protein-powder thoughts. maybe i will do a whole post on protein powders soon. would anyone be interested in that?

okay, moving on. time for a manzanillo recap! like i said in my first recap, i don’t want to do a day-by-day play-by-play, so today i am just going to talk about some of the highlights (and lowlights) from our resort, the barcelo karmina palace.


highlight: the cute private beach.

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it’s like we were closed in this nice little pocket. it wasn’t a big beach, but it also wasn’t crowded.. the seclusion was nice. and word on the street is that is the bridge in the photo up there is the same one that free willy jumped over (is it called jumping if you are a whale?) not sure if there is any truth to that, but hey.. it’s fun to pretend. i’ve never even see free willy.

highlight: it was overcast most days.


some people might not think this is a highlight, but it was nice to have the sky overcast. it made for a nice climate and we didn’t have to find shade when laying on the beach reading our books.

speaking of books..

highlight: i rediscovered the bookworm in me!


i used to read a book a day when i was a kid. no joke. i would pile pillows and blankets into the bathtub and camp out, reading books all day. i was a real winner. anyway, over the years i read less and less, to the point where reading a book just never happened. i read magazines. i read blogs. i don’t read books.

however, i started reading the girl with the dragon tattoo (after LOVING the movie) and i remembered how much i love to read! i finished the book quickly and then bought the sequel and finished that the other day. i am now about 1/3 of the way into the third novel of the series. i am going to try to keep this momentum going, because reading is rad.

highlight: dining al fresco every morning.


the resort and our surroundings were super beautiful. and dining across from this guy didn’t hurt.


isn’t it such a pretty place?!

lowlight: the lack of cereal options at the breakfast buffet.


yep, that was it! and not only that, the cereal was pretty stale. must have been the humidity. luckily, i was able to find some AMAZING french toast at the kid’s section of the buffet. i ate the french toast every single morning. it was super eggy and coated with cinnamon sugar. it didn’t even need syrup.

highlight: a winning breakfast.

after the first day, i actually found a breakfast combination that left me perfectly content.


my go-to breakfast was scrambled eggs and the fabulous french toast i just mentioned…


…a mug of yogurt topped with granola…


…and this juice labeled “green juice.” i asked and they said it had spinach, celery, pineapple, apple, and melon.


while this breakfast was great and i enjoyed it each and every morning.. there was a downside.

lowlight: i got SO sick of the resort food.

this was expected. eating the same, subpar food for a week is bound to get old. we already went over breakfast, but the lunches and dinners were so bad that i didn’t even bother taking photos.

there was ONE really good lunch on tuesday. fresh tacos al pastor with rice, beans, and guacamole.. they were excellent. probably because they were super fresh. unfortunately, we didn’t see these tacos at the buffet for the rest of the trip.


there needs to be an all inclusive resort for foodies. i would SO be there. all you can eat gourmet food sounds like a dream.

highlight: the gym.

it was a pretty nice gym, and the fact that marshall and i like to workout around 5 o’clock made it so we were always the ONLY ones in the gym—everyone else went in the morning. sometimes being a lazy slug has perks.

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highlight: all you can eat ice cream.

need i say more?


i love how the cones had smiley-faces. and i love how you could just grab one any time of day or night. if i had to guess, i would say i ate an average of six ice creams a day. sometimes with the cone, sometimes without. it made up for the lack of cereal selection, for sure.

lowlight: i broke my camera.

i shot a bunch of photos with my 50mm lens and then wanted to switch back to my standard one. well, the lens wouldn’t come off. after a google search, i found out that this problem was pretty common and that i needed to push the lens against the camera body while turning it and it would come off. i must have pushed too hard, because i heard a “snap, crack, pop!” and my lens came off… but was busted.

i was okay with this, because i still had my standard lens, but when i went to put it on the camera body, i got an error:


it turned out the sensor on the far right was stuck in the “down” position, thus not reading the lens properly. google told me to not try to fix this problem myself, so i just pouted and accepted my fate.

at least i had my iphone and marshall had his point-and-shoot.. there are worse things that could go wrong… like losing your wedding ring.

lowlight: marshall lost his wedding ring.

he was tossing the football around on wednesday and when we got back to the room he realized it was not on his finger. we headed back to the beach to search for the ring.. a lot like searching for a needle in a haystack.


we gave up after awhile. sigh. cry.

highlight: my boss FOUND marshall’s wedding ring.


crazy, right?! we headed to town for lunch after giving up on the search, then we all got together for dinner. my boss’ wife cleverly put marshall’s ring in his water glass at dinner. i CANNOT BELIEVE HE FOUND IT. and even more impressive—he found it after looking for only about ten minutes. unreal. i still am amazed that he managed to find it on the beach. and, of course, i am super happy.

i asked my boss if he could fix my camera.. no luck.

oh, and i didn’t even TAKE my wedding ring with me to mexico. i lose everything and didn’t want to risk it!

there you have it—the good and the bad of the events that occurred at our all-inclusive resort. tune in next time, i will recap my adventures OFF the resort.


1. have you ever lost anything super special/valuable? what was it?

2. do you like reading books, or are you more of a magazines & blogs reader like me?

xo. janetha g.

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CASSY February 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm


elise February 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

aw. sorry about your camera. so glad marshall got his ring back!! i think its hilarious that you didnt even bring yours.

im a total book worm. please tell me youve read the hunger games trilogy. if not you better get on that before those movies come out.

Susan February 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I agree, reading is rad. I’ve read the millennium trilogy and loved all of the books. Go Lisbeth! Lately I’ve been increasing my reading, finding little pockets of time between classes, etc. It’s done wonders for my mental health!

Crazy about Marshall’s ring – that is awesome! But I’m sorry to hear about your camera…

Happy weekend Janetha!

Alexis February 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Thanks for the little tutorial on protein powders! I had no idea!
All the pictures looked gorgeous, overcast is best, I really have to agree with that one
I always always always leave my valuables at home, I should really introduce myself as “Hi I’m Alexis, and I lose everything I touch” Glad he found his ring though!!

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig February 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

OMG I would die if one of us lost our wedding ring! Worst nightmare. Amazing that your boss found it. I can’t go to the beach when it’s overcast. In fact, unless it’s over 30 Celcius I refuse to go… the only problem is that now I’m leaving Australia I will probably never go to the beach again…haha

meg February 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Wow! Talk about finding a needle in a haystack!

Once, I thought I had lost the pear earrings my husband got me for our second anniversary. I could not find them anywhere… a couple of months later I found them in my backpack, safe and sound!

I’m a book reader for sure! I just got a kindle fire, which I LOVE. Being in school makes it harder to find time for “recreational” (nerd alert!) reading, though.

meg February 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

oops, I meant to say “pearl” earrings. Duh.

Kris February 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

part of our trekking around in December included looking for real al pastor – we found the most amazing al pastor street carts in Sayulita and San Pancho… we stopped on our way to the airport at the best one, for just one more… Mmm. :)

Kris February 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

and I didn’t bring any jewelry to Mexico… (which made a great excuse to buy some, heh!) and I read a whole book while I was there. but I read a lot anyway…

Momma b February 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Love your recap vacation posts! I’m super excited you have found that lost bookworm! You were so cute in the bathtub with your and books :)

Love you!

Momma b February 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Blankies and books!!

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Books are THE best!!! I LOVE reading too :)

The dragon tattoo series is a good one, for sure.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

So jealous that you are a fast reader. It takes me weeks, months even years to read a single book. That’s why magazines are better for me (but duh, not very intellectually stimulating). Ugh I’ve tried to read the damn Pollan books and can’t make it through. And I’m still trying to get through the third of “The girl with…” series (proud that I read the first two though).

Thank goodness for Marshall finding his ring. Glad that you at least had SOME decent options for food and that the gym rocked was all yours (love that!)

PS I wonder why casein/egg/whey is high carb: the casein?? I’ve got some egg white protein powder that I never use in smoothies- I really should bake with that, all 2 times a year I bake :-?

colleenzo February 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

Wow, can I tell you, the EXACT SAME THING happened with my husband’s wedding ring! He was playing water football at our cabin, and his ring flew off. We searched for HOURS with snorkels, and nothing. The next day, a little girl in the neighboring cabin ran up to us while we were playing horseshoes…she had been swimming and stepped on it! We thought we were never going to see it again!

Marie February 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I’m so sorry about your camera but so glad Marshall found his ring. You just can’t replace the original sentimentality of it, even if you get another one, I think. I used to be the same exact way as you with your reading history and have been reading again. Mostly, it’s been parenting books, though. I really want to read The Vow! ;)

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