SUPERFOOD SERIES: Avocado

Posted by on 14th August 2017

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Fondly known as “supercado” or “alligator pear” the avocado is loaded with nutritional perks and is beloved among guacamole aficionados.

Avocados are one of the most inexpensive anti-aging tools for your skin! Don’t let its rough outer covering fool you — the inner smoothness and creaminess are what we need for youthful skin. With all the antioxidants, amino acids and essential oils inside an avocado to help repair damaged hair, moisturise dry skin, treat sunburns and maybe even minimize wrinkles, an avocado tree could be the next fountain (tree) of youth!

Their thick skin protects them; it’s natural packaging! You can’t eat the skin, but it shields the green goodness inside, making avocados perfect for travel. It’s a  climacteric fruit, meaning it matures on the tree but ripens off the tree.

You might be inclined to call an avocado a vegetable, thanks to its green hue and savoury taste, but the avocado is technically a fruit and even more specifically, a single-seeded berry.

Avocados are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and cholesterol free, so there’s no need for special labels.

Potassium is an important mineral that most people don’t get enough of. Avocados are very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels.

Avocados tend to be high in fibre about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fibre can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

Avocados are one of the only fruits that contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (the good-for-you fat) that helps boost good (HDL) cholesterol and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Avocados are high in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important for eye health and lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods. You can add them to salads and various sorts of recipes, or you can simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain. They have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with various other ingredients. A notable mention is guacamole, which is arguably the most famous use of avocados. It includes avocado along with ingredients like salt, garlic and lime.

Not ripe? Put the avocado in a brown paper bag for 2-4 days, or you can speed up this process by adding a banana or apple to the bag.

The creamy texture and healthy fats make for a surprisingly-easy baking substitution. And no, you won’t be making green muffins. In the right ratios, you can ditch some butter and replace with avocado for healthier chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and brownies.

Enjoy Eric’s satisfying Texmex Salad for lunch at The Wicket, topped with our favourite avocado.

ERIC’S TEXMEX SALAD

Ingredients

sweet corn
beans, various
avocado, sliced
chicken, roasted or poached
mixed greens
red pepper, sliced
lime juice

Method

Add each ingredient into a bowl separately and then slice avocado over the top. Drizzle with lime juice to add an extra kick and enjoy!

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Goji berries

Posted by on 7th August 2017

So what’s the big deal about these dried, scrunched up little red berries?

Used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, wolf berries as they are also known, are an excellent source of antioxidants because of their oxygen radical absorbance cpacity (ORAC) value. An ORAC value indicates a food’s antioxidant power on a relative scale. Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they are exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation. What’s more, foods with healthy levels of antioxidants are often high in fibre and low in unhealthy fats.

Similar to the benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin.

Goji berries have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.

In addition, goji berries provide 11 essential amino acids — more than other common berries.

This tart berry with a sweet aftertaste, is low in calories and high in protein and a range of vitamins and minerals including iron, copper, selenium and vitamin A.

Regular consumption of goji berries may improve energy levels, exercise performance and overall feelings of wellbeing.

Eat goji berries raw or soak them in hot water before munching or drinking. Add goji berries to trail mixes, smoothies or as a garnish on cereals, salads, yogurts or açaí bowls like we do (pictured above) for you to enjoy between 7am and 3pm weekdays at Juiced @ The Wicket.

Come and see us for your goji berry fix!

August in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd August 2017

The Wicket and The Market are open in Cricket Square

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Friday 18 August

Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world and the third-most popular drink after water and tea. Enjoy chilled craft beers as the sun sets while munching on a selection of brick oven pizzas prepared by Chef Thomas. Tickets are $25. Start your weekend the right way and join our summer SWIRL event at The Wicket. Book here.

TGIF in Cricket Square

The Wicket couldn’t possibly leave you hanging in August during happy hour. Stop by on Friday for your favourite 5 @ 5 specials, from craft beers to specialty wines. Why not email us to book for a group! Also enjoy rosé wine specials all day long, all summer long at The Wicket and Restaurant. Don’t forget to order your favourite bottle from Brasserie Purveyors.

FREE juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious menu and get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card from Sharon at The Wicket and reward yourself with a healthy and delicious treat from our extensive menu that incorporates the freshest seasonal produce on island. In a hurry? Call 927 6419 and order ahead. And don’t forget Happy Hour is every Friday, 5pm.

Brasserie Bee Series

Discover the unique ‘from pasture to plate’ journey of our wild and raw Brasserie Honey with our new Brasserie Bee Series. Follow our experienced beekeeper Efrain Alarcon as he takes you on a journey throughout Cayman to collect, manage and care for the bees, while harvesting our delicious raw golden Brasserie honey. Don’t miss an episode!

RECIPE: Coconut mojito

Have you tasted our local take on the traditional mojito using Brasserie Purveyors’ spirits? It’s a winner! Click here to watch us create this refreshing coconut concoction and learn how to make it at home to beat the summer heat. View our extensive menu to order your craft beers, specialty wines and spirits. Call 945 1815 or email us to order.

More parking in Cricket Square

Construction activity at Cricket Square progresses well with exciting steps towards completing the new Fitness Centre, Caboose, SIX and more paved car parking to the rear of the generator next to Willow House. Thank you to those who have had to change parking locations. Please call Susan on 929-6392 if you need a lift in the Cricket Square Shuttle.

ENERGY’s unlimited class pass

Stay summer strong at ENERGY with an unlimited class pass this month. From 31 July – 26 August and for just $275, go to as many classes as you like including reformer, fitness and lunch classes with ENERGY’s ‘August Total Access Pass’. Finish off the summer with a blast! Contact Colleen for more details. Look and feel good this summer.

Hannah’s Heroes at The Wicket

The fifth annual Hannah’s Heroes – The Big Shaveis on 22 September 2017. Join us at The Wicket to be a part of a wonderful cause that so many will benefit from. Whether you decide to get the ultimate hair make-over, donate or volunteer, you’ll be helping change the lives of children battling cancer. For more information, contact the team at Hannah’s Heroes.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Guinep

Posted by on 1st August 2017

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Need a good night sleep? Today’s superfood contains a large amount of the amino acid tryptophan which is an important ingredient to getting the rest you need.

Guinep season is in full swing, so look up into the branches at Cricket Square to find a bunch of these lychee-lime-looking seasonal favourites containing a sweet, tangy pulp surrounding a rather large seed.

Full of vitamins A and C that help to boost the immune system, guineps also contain calcium and phosphorus. Calcium keeps your teeth and bones strong. Phosphorus aids digestion along with the large dietary fibre content found once you get past that fairly tough skin.

This sweet tangy ball of goodness also holds special proteins that help to lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and help control asthma.

Guineps are low in fat, calories, and are cholesterol free. They contain important antioxidants, phenolic compounds, that can help to prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes.

What’s more, the leaves of the guinep tree can be boiled and made into a tea to treat intestinal problems.

So next time you reach for the coffee cup or chocolate bar, track down a bunch of guinep fruit to get you through that mid-afternoon slump. Or if you’re not in the mood to climb a tree, visit our Grab & Go Fridge at The Market and sip on our deliciously refreshing and hydrating fruit salad water.

BRASSERIE FRUIT SALAD WATER

Ingredients

guinep
rockmelon
apple
pineapple
blueberries
strawberries
mint, optional

Method

Chop fruit into one-centimetre pieces and add to chilled water or coconut water.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Flaxseed

Posted by on 24th July 2017

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After a natural hair treatment? Look no further. Did you know that flaxseeds are not just for consumption? The omega-3 fats that are in flax also benefit hair by promoting growth and overall scalp health. You can impart these great nutrients onto hair by boiling the seeds and making a hair gel.

Although flaxseed has recently been praised for its many health benefits, it has been around for more than 4,000 years. It was used by Hippocrates in 650 BC for the relief of intestinal discomfort. Today, research shows that this sweet and nut-flavoured seed provides essential nutrients, including protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and fibre that all help protect our health.

Flaxseed benefits could help you improve digestion, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss… and that’s just the beginning!

Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds that are the richest sources of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the world!

One of the most extraordinary benefits of flax seeds is that they contain high levels of mucilage gum content. Mucilage is a gel-forming fibre that is water soluble and has incredible benefits on the intestinal tract. The mucilage can keep food in the stomach from emptying too quickly into the small intestine which can increase nutrient absorption. Flax is also is extremely high in both soluble and insoluble fibre, which can support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.

The soluble fibre content of flax seeds trap fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it’s unable to be absorbed. Soluble fibre also traps bile, which is made from cholesterol, in the gallbladder. The bile is then excreted through the digestive system, forcing the body to make more, using up excess cholesterol in the blood and lowering cholesterol overall.

The healthy fats and fibre content of flax will help you feel satisfied longer so you will eat fewer calories overall which may lead to weight loss. ALA fats may also help reduce inflammation.

Using flax is a great way to naturally replace gluten-containing grains which are inflammatory whereas flax is anti-inflammatory.  So flax seeds are great for those who have Celiac disease or have a gluten-sensitivity. They may also be a good alternative to omega-3 fats in fish for people with a seafood allergy.

Amongst its other incredible nutrition facts, flax seeds are also packed with antioxidants. Lignans are unique fibre-related polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and cellular health. Polyphenols support the growth of probiotics in the gut. Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, therefore consuming flax regularly may help reduce the number or severity of colds and flus.

As mentioned earlier, if you want healthier skin, hair and nails then consider adding two tablespoons of flaxseeds to your smoothie or one tablespoon of flaxseed oil to your daily routine. The ALA fats in flaxseeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as vitamin B which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema. This also applies to eye health as flax can reduce dry eye syndrome.

Like many seeds, flaxseeds are hard for your body to digest, so try grinding them to help your body get them most out of them.

BRASSERIE SUPERFOOD SALAD

Ingredients

long beans
mizuna
green mango, sliced
local basil
fresh orange segments
flaxseeds
garlic, sliced, boiled and roasted
chickpeas
lime juice
orange juice, freshly squeezed
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
salt and pepper

Method

Combine lime and orange juices with olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, and flaxseeds, to make the vinaigrette. Dress the mizuna leaves. Drape the long beans on plate in a circle and place the leaves inside the beans. Dress the mango and orange segments and scatter delicately on top of the mizuna. Sprinkle the garlic chips and flaxseeds over the salad and serve.