BREAKFAST: Somehow, I wound up with two breakfasts, both of which were designated as my Day 5 breakfast, so Zander and I sampled them both. The first was a fruit and yogurt parfait. I struggled with the same issue I had with the pineapple passion “yogurt”–the taste of coconut oil was quite prevalent and it was semi-gritty at first after being in the cold fridge. However, after leaving it out at room temperature for about an hour, the taste and texture did improve significantly. I enjoyed the bits of blackberry, pineapple, and pomegranate more than the yogurt; they were super-tasty. The second item was a breakfast omega bar. It had a nice texture and reminded me of banana bread.
LUNCH: Living lasagna. After many a blissful meal at Karyn’s Raw in Chicago, I have to admit that this lasagna left me feeling disappointed and longing for what I know a living lasagna can be–rich and decadent and bursting with flavor. This lasagna had several layers of thinly sliced zucchini and tomato with a really bland nut cheese (macadamia, I think?) and some diced portabello mushrooms on top with a semi-tangy sauce. It’s not that it tasted bad–it was actually quite fresh and pleasant, like all of the other meals I’ve had from 118 Degrees. I just longed for a richer, more intense set of flavors, perhaps some sun-dried tomato and a zestier nut cheese would have done the trick. That said, I did specifically order the detox menu, and I suspect that is why this lasagna wasn’t dripping with nuts and fats and salts, so I’ll stop complaining. 🙂
DINNER: A chipotle ranch wrap. This was a lot like the Clayudas from earlier in the detox menu. I discarded the soggy wrap, but happily devoured the “refried beans” and other veggies inside and felt very content after the meal.
DESSERT: Dulce de leche. I’m not even sure I have the proper words to describe this astonishingly delectable dessert made of bananas, a smooth and creamy sauce, and a divine graham-crackery crust. It was pure, unmitigated, unrivaled perfection. I almost felt guilty eating it, as though I was cheating on my detox, because it was truly THAT good.