Panama Recap: Everything I Ate While in Panama

I'm back from Panama and ready to share lots of content from my trip so I'm declaring this week Panama Week over here on YBCยฎ, with the addition of our weekly outfit post on Friday. Today we're looking at everything I ate while in Panama. 

As you guys know, I've done a lot of gut healing over the last few years, so traveling and having to eat food I'm not used to doesn't affect me like it used to. I'll still feel a little uneasy if it's something I really don't eat often (like deep fried plantains), but for the most part, I'm grateful to be able to travel and feel pretty good regardless of what I eat. It did of course help that El Otro Lado Retreat, where I stayed, served pretty clean meals. I really appreciated that they were so well balanced in terms of macros, as well. If a salad had a lot of fat in it with, say, goat cheese, the entree would have very little fat and then it all sort of balanced out. While I don't track macros while abroad (it's just too time consuming and annoying to try to do), I appreciated the balance in the meals, knowing that it was relatively close to what my body was used to. 

I hope these meals help to serve as inspiration if you're in a food rut! I feel like they'd be relatively easy to recreate.

Day 1: 

I arrived around 10am after traveling for about twelve hours when you factor in the flight, waiting around for the rental car, the drive and the boat ride over. Whew. What a day. I started with lunch which began with a fresh salad, followed by curried chicken, rice and fried plantains. Dessert was a passion fruit flan. Passion fruit is freaking delicious, and if you haven't had it, you MUST.

Dinner began with a potato leek soup in what tasted like a clam broth. The main course was a tuna steak, salad and potatoes, followed by maple flan dessert.

Day 2

I must've been really hungry because I didn't snap a pic of my eggs and granola at breakfast, but I get manage to get a pic of this passion fruit juice, which is honestly the best thing I've ever had and currently all I'm ever thinking about. 

Lunch started with fresh shrimp, followed by a main course of rice, yucca, tomatoes, and beef. Dessert was fresh fruit. 

Dinner began with a fresh salad, followed by pineapple sweet and sour fish with plantains, and ended with the best dessert of what was called ChocoFlan - it was a hot chocolate center with a scoop of ice cream on top. Ugh, I could've eaten twelve of those!  

Day 3

Breakfast began with scrambled eggs with veggies and bacon, and granola with plain yogurt. And coffee, not pictured.

Lunch was cabbage salad followed by chicken and vegetables and a parfait.

Dinner was a warm goat cheese salad, lobster and a trifle. 

Day 4: 

Breakfast - same as yesterday - eggs with veggies and bacon, coffee, and yogurt and granola.

Lunch: Chicken soup appetizer, then entree of rice, curried crab, and a salad, followed by passion fruit parfait.

Dinner: Pumpkin soup to start, followed by lobster, potatoes and a salad. Dessert was a brownie with a scoop of ice cream. And I also had some of this margarita. #lightweight

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