Oh my-oh-my I found meat! And a whole forest of health
All in all
5 cheap, healthy and protein-hit eats for backpacking Holbox. All in all, although not as developed internet wise which kind of sucks for digi nomads, food wise – it’s rich! Myself and @themoonontheotherside spent two weeks on Holbox within a total time of 5 months in Mexico. Accommodation was easy: Tribu Hostel. Recommended by fellow travellers and we could sharp see why. Roof top yoga, bar and live acoustic music scenes meant the balance was spot-on between relaxing and socialising without the heavy hangovers.
When it comes to backpacking
Looking for the economical local eats, cooking for myself and occasionally treating myself to a ‘must try’ restaurant is my game-plan. Which I imagine is most travellers plan. However, I’m also a fitness freak who monitors his macros, goes through bulking and cutting phases and values eating healthy nutritious food as high as breathing.
Don’t get me wrong I let loose, I mean I’m from Newcastle for Pete’s sake. But I’m also in my 30’s and appreciate having less of my life hungover than more (I’m also a lame-ass who just can’t handle two nights on the trot any more, bring back those 20’s years). For me a high protein diet is essential, bordering on 200g of it a day. That does tend to lead my eating decisions slightly. So, here’s 5 cheap, healthy and protein-hit eats for backpacking Holbox.
1. Miriam Tacos – Cheap, meat
Absolute blinder of a place. . Often myself and @themoonontheotherside would grab two large fish tacos each and add our own meat cooked-up from Maxi Carne (number 5). The tacos are large, fresh and cheap. They’re not your typical roadside style with thick small flour tortillas. They’re like large wraps with a Mexican touch and plenty of fresh veg piled in. Good for take-away or sitting beach-roadside. (Sorry, didn’t snap a photo)
Not far from the main town square when heading to the north of the island towards the Mercado. Just along from Viva Zapata.
2. Main Mercado, north side – Healthy, cheap
This was a gem from early doors. Every day 7am / 8am is prime time. I bought ounces of fruits and veg for cooking and there’s 3 cheap shacks that will serve you up the standard chicken and rice meals for buttons. There’s also 1 super-smoothie shack that blasts out awesome bowls and jugs. On a couple of occasions I asked the locals behind the shack for a few BBQ chicken thighs and legs to add to my own salad. (Sorry, didn’t snap a photo)
Head north on the island towards the airstrip. The Mercardo sits opposite it, as if you were venturing to Coco Beach Bar.
3. Naay – Healthy
Initially I was dubious about this place. Expecting it to be a London East End version of an overpriced salad bar. I’ll hold my hands up and admit I was wrong. It wasn’t cheap but it’s not expensive and certainly worth the value for the quality of the food and freshness. A large selection of salad bowls with veg, fruits, grains, fish and chicken. You can create your own or choose one of their pre-created, which I found to be the best option. The salmon was ace, not the largest portion of meat but a large portion of grains and greens to make up for it.
Next door to Roots just one street off from the main square heading south of the island, backside. If that makes sense?
4. Roots – Meat
Here’s your cheat meal, Pizzas!. But don’t be thinking Dominos or stuffed crust malarky. These were organic pizzas, thin base with very fresh herbs, veg, diary and meat all oven baked. I went for the chocolate sauce one, sounds mental right! Trust me it’s awesome. More like a spicy glaze with a hint of choc sweetness, matched the pepperoni and mushrooms down to a Tee. This place is very reasonable for the size of the food and will certainly fill you for lunch and dinner if you’re a light eater. (Sorry, didn’t snap a photo)
Next door to Naay just one street off from the main square heading south on the island, backside.
5. Maxi Carne – Meat, cheap
I loved this place, it’s basically a butchers. Huge variety of meats that you can buy in-bulk, frozen. I rustled up many a dish from the goods here. The steaks from BIG RED company are very good quality. We had a slow cooker so I opted for buying the cheaper chicken that was still on the bone to create bone broth and tender slow cooked slabs of meat. The bone broth is a cracker to keep and cook with for other dishes. (Sorry, didn’t snap a photo)
Opposite Colibri cafe, just off the corner of the main square at the back if you’re facing away from the beach.
6. (Bonus) Luuma – Meat, healthy, stunning but pricey
There’s one reason I had to go here . The meat platter. They also do a vegetarian version and a cheese board version. Both looked incredibly good. It’s expensive but if you’re saving yourself for one night of fine dining I would take it here. (Sorry, didn’t snap a photo)
Two blocks away from the main square on the beach side. Walk as if you’re heading to the south of the island where all the hotels are located.
7. (Double bonus) Colibri cafe – The islands best coffee
The guy who owns it is a barrister. He has one hell of a coffee making machine setup and knows his roasts. The place is a drench of colour and has some of the best wifi on the island. Go between meal times for a chunk of peace and natter to the owner.
Opposite Maxi Carne (number 5) on the top corner of the main town square.
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Aside from my 5 cheap, healthy and protein-hit eats for backpacking Holbox – Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list with a thank you to your fine-self. I loved TRX’ing here, the large amount of beach offering means you can find your own private palm tree and white sand gym floor. The workout plans I’ve developed specifically for functional fitness living as a digi nomad are here
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