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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Sweet potato

Posted by on 14th May 2018

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Sweet potato, the root vegetable once used to feed the poor in the early 20th century, is back in fashion, which is good news as it is one of the world’s best superfoods and contains a bunch of nutrients you can’t go past for health benefits.

Here at The Brasserie we are producing our own crop for the Restaurant menu, complete with sweet potato leaves that are extremely nutritional and tasty in their own right. See this week’s Today’s Harvest post on our Facebook page for growing tips.

Antioxidants found in food are natural anti-inflammatory agents, and sweet potatoes are full of them! Vitamins from the B family in abundance, like C and A, sweet potatoes are also a good source of choline, which is usually mostly found in meat and eggs. Choline is very important to tame inflammation, but it is also beneficial for a good nights sleep, learning and memory and muscle movement. When you gain antioxidants from natural sources, like nutritious food, they work better in your body than when you take supplements because they are balanced with other nutrients.

The recommended daily dose of potassium is 4,700mg. Sweet potatoes are one of the highest vegetable sources of potassium, containing almost 500mg. Potassium is needed by the body to help nerves and muscles communicate to each other, preventing muscle cramps and contractions, and it helps transport nutrient into the cells and waste products out of them. Potassium is also important to offset the damage sodium has on blood pressure and helps to protect and to regulate the workings of the kidneys.

Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial vitamins around. It’s versatile benefits work on many areas of the body and the health system. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin c is naturally found in vegetables and fruits and is hugely beneficial for things like heart disease, protection against free radicals in the body, the absorption of iron and reducing cholesterol levels.

A deficiency of vitamin A can cause deterioration to the outer parts of the eye’s photoreceptors, which can damage vision. Vitamin A and vitamin E, which is also found in sweet potatoes, are wonderful for eye health and may prevent eye problems in the aging process and other degenerative damage.

Magnesium is very important for various functions of the body. It helps nerve function, regulates blood pressure, controls blood sugar; it is a neurotransmitter release, it energises the metabolism and is good for protein synthesis. Many people will be deficient in magnesium but never know it, as it does not show up on any blood test. This is because magnesium is stored in your bones, not in the blood. Sweet potatoes do not have the largest source of magnesium compared to spinach and pumpkin seeds, but they still pack a punch of magnesium benefits for the system.

A low glycemic index is not only important to people living with diabetes, but to those considered on the ‘normal’ blood sugar scale too. White potatoes have a high glycemic index, which means they have a high carbohydrate level, which converts into sugar and then corresponds to elevated blood sugar levels. In comparison, sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index, which helps control diabetes and sugar crashes. Eating regular small amounts can help our bodies to maintain healthy blood sugar levels for people both with and without diabetes. This also helps to balance energy, fatigue and weight gain.

Beta-carotene is the orange-red pigment that is found in plants, fruits, and vegetables, especially colorful vegetables, such as sweet potato. This is a fat-soluble plant pigment. It is important to eat foods containing beta-carotene because the body converts it into Vitamin A. This means beta-carotene is not an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is. What is extraordinary about our systems is that the human body will only convert as much vitamin A as it needs to function properly. However, it needs the beta-carotene first to do so. Sweet potatoes have the highest count of beta-carotene amongst all other fruits and vegetables.

Containing absolutely zero amount of fat makes these vegetables a great food, not for weight loss alone, but they contain large amounts of fibre. Fibre is important for the digestive system and the process of foods through the body. For women, the daily intake of fibre per day is recommended at 21-25 grams for women, and 30-38 for men. The most fibre in sweet potatoes is found in the skin, up to six grams. So consider leaving the skin on next time you add sweet potatoes to a dish.

The best form of folate is folic acid, otherwise known as B9. Folate is often taken as a supplement but is also found in many foods. Folic acid is good for everyone for the growth of cells in the body. It is even more important for pregnant women in regards to the development of the fetus.

Eating sweet potatoes encourages glowing, healthy skin and collagen growth. Carotenoid rich vegetables, such as carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes can help your skin to glow. Vegetables such as these increase the red and yellow tones in the skin, which visibly brighten complexions. You need to consume extra amounts of beta-carotene vegetables every day for around six weeks. The beta-carotene in sweet potato also combats the body’s free radicals, which encourage the aging process. So to preserve your skin and stop the aging process, consume more sweet potatoes!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Nopal

Posted by on 30th April 2018

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Not sure what to do with cactus pads?

It might not look it, but this prickly pear cacti is not only edible, but delicious and good for you as well. In last week’s ‘Today’s Harvest’ episode we discussed how to grow nopales. This week, it’s all about the health benefits of eating this vegetable that has a consistency somewhere between green beans and green peppers.

Native to Mexico and Central America, the nopal contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, vitamin B6, copper, iron, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, calcium, potassium, magnesium and manganese. Nopal is also an important source of certain organic compounds like phytochemicals and certain polysaccharides that contribute to its health-boosting power.

Nopales are a form of cacti, so they are very fibrous. Dietary fibre is essential in the digestive process as it adds bulk to the bowel movements, which makes it easier for them to pass through the smooth muscles of the digestive tract. Furthermore, excess fibre in the body can actively reduce the amount of cholesterol, thereby protecting your heart health as well.

The phytochemical and antioxidant characteristics of nopales make them a good defensive mechanism against premature aging symptoms, like wrinkles and age spots. The free radicals left after cellular metabolism can impact the skin and by eating nopales, you can keep your skin looking healthy and young.

The variety of phytochemicals, flavonoid compounds, vitamin C and other antioxidants found in nopales make it extremely beneficial for the entire immune system, particularly when it comes to various cancers. Antioxidants are beneficial compounds that seek out free radicals and eliminate them before they mutate the DNA of healthy cells into cancerous cells.

One of the most important aspects of nopales in terms of health is their mineral and vitamin content. Nopales contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and and vitamin B6, all of which are vital components of cellular metabolism that regulate the enzyme activity throughout the body. A healthy organ system and hormonal balance help in losing weight easily, promoting healthy muscle gain and toning the entire body.

The mineral content of this powerful cactus leaf includes a modest level of calcium, which is an essential part of building strong bones and repairing bones after being damaged.

This plant also contains magnesium, which is a useful mineral for inducing sleep in people suffering from insomnia, chronic anxiety or restlessness. It induces the release of serotonin in the body, which results in increased melatonin levels. It also has a slightly sedative effect, which reduces nerve function and calms the body, helping you fall asleep.

The juice from the leaves of nopales has anti-inflammatory effects on various body parts, including symptoms associated with arthritis, joint pain and muscle strain. Apply the juice topically to the affected area, or consume the vegetable itself to enjoy the benefits.

Make a salad, add it to your stir-fry or omelette. However you decide to cook and eat your nopal pads, just make sure to remove the thorns first!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Peppermint

Posted by on 21st March 2018

Look what our head gardener, Aide, is harvesting in The Brasserie’s organic garden?

A highly versatile and medicinal herb long used to flavour sweets, toothpaste and mouthwashes among other things, peppermint is also used as a treatment for headaches, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome

Peppermint also offers benefits to the respiratory system, including for coughs, colds, asthma, allergies and tuberculosis.

Inhaling the vibrant peppermint aroma may offer memory enhancement and stress relief.

Peppermint essential oil can even be used topically for pain relief, hair and skin care and fresh breath.

To aid digestion, enjoy mint in cooking or as a tea.

Look out for this delicious herb on the menu at The Brasserie and in our refreshing smoothies and juices at Juiced @ The Wicket.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Callaloo

Posted by on 7th March 2018

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Introducing one of our favourite Carribean superfoods, callaloo, growing in abundance in The Brasserie’s organic garden at Cricket Square.

Callaloo is an edible green leafy plant that is native to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti. In the Carribean, it is called “Malanga” while in other parts of the world, it may be called Chinese spinach, calalu or taro root.

Callaloo is rich in vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting. It’s also abundant in vitamin C which boosts the immune system keeping diseases at bay and contains vitamin A to promote good eyesight and is a great antioxidant too.

This delicious leafy green contains manganese, which promotes healthy skin, hair and bones and due to its magnesium content, callaloo improves blood circulation and helps regulate sugar levels. It’s also important for prevention of muscle spasms.

Rich in potassium, which is an important electrolyte in the regulation of blood pressure and nerve and muscle communication, callaloo also plays an important role in the functioning of the kidneys, heart and other organs.

Callaloo is a great source of protein like phenylalaline, methionine, lysine, cysteine, tryptophan, histidine and other amino acids. These are great in building, repairing and strengthening of the muscles.

High in dietary fibre for better bowel movement, this superfood is rich in antioxidants that fights off free-radicals that cause harm to the body and strengthens the immune system to help fight off infections.

Enjoy callaloo in your favourite juice or smoothie at Juiced @ The Wicket!

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THE PITCH: March in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st March 2018

Don’t miss our final Harvest Dinner of the season as we showcase a unique menu celebrating the abundance of foods and flavours growing in our organic garden.

Harvest Dinner: Thursday 1 March

THE BRASSERIE — This is your last chance to sit at our long family-style table for a four-course feast in the 2017/2018 harvest season. Savour the foods of this prosperous Cayman harvest season, watch our Brasserie Bees make honey and tour the organic garden with our Head Gardener, Aide, as you sip on a refreshing cocktail. Email or call 945-1815 to book and join us to celebrate 20 years of The Brasserie in operation.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 29 March

THE BRASSERIE — Drink up Austria’s rich wine history! Did you know that Vienna is the only capital city in the world to produce significant quantities of wine within its city limits? Home to over 1,700 acres of vineyards and 320 vintners, the Viennese love their wine and we’re confident that you’ll love their wine too! Join us for our next wine tasting with delicious canapés. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945 1815.

St Patrick’s Day Party: Friday 16 March

THE BRASSERIE — Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Day the Irish way with our famous corned beef and cabbage sandwiches at the Brasserie Restaurant and Market, washed down with our $3 Brasserie Purveyors’ Guinness specials at The Brasserie. From 5pm also join us at the Wicket Bar where the $3 Guinness will continue to flow in addition to $3 draft beers. While the beer may not be green, our Irish-themed treats at the Market certainly will be!

Weekly specials at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Enjoy our $5 Juiced @ The Wicket special each week using local seasonal ingredients in our nourishing, nutritious, energising and refreshing concoctions that will make you and your wallet feel good. Our specials don’t often feature on the regular Juiced @ menu, so make the most of this sweet opportunity. Call 927 6419 to order ahead.

More parking at Cricket Square

CRICKET SQUARE — More car parking is on its way! We have purchased property adjacent to Willow House that will assist with easing the shortage of visitor parking. Temporary unsurfaced parking will be available in the coming weeks and later this year we can open up this property to provide surfaced parking for approximately 40 spaces. This will be used for visitors and to assist with car parking logistics as we progress with the construction of SIX, Caboose and the Club.

2018 Cayman Swordfish Challenge

GRAND CAYMAN & CAYMAN BRAC — One of the most exciting fishing tournaments on the Cayman calendar, the Challenge began with the aim of finding out more about the swordfish population in the local waters. Follow us for two days of fishing, Friday 2 March & Saturday 3 March 2018. There is CI$20,000 in cash prizes to be won! To register, join us at 6:30pm on Thursday 1 March at The Barcadere (Weigh/Dock Station). Click here for more information.

Get your ENERGY Total Body Class Pass

ENERGY — Who’s pumped? For the months of March and April, ENERGY is offering an unlimited class pass option for just $350 per person, all inclusive. For the entire eight weeks, you will be able to attend as many Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and ENERGY Lunch Express Classes as you like. Enjoy two months of exclusive studio access, classes, wellness gifts and more. Sign up today.

Cinco de Mayo returns to Cricket Square

WICKET BAR — Who’s ready to fiesta! Grab your sombrero and maracas as Mexico’s favourite day to party is drawing near. Join us at the Wicket Bar on Friday 4 May as we celebrate with tasty soft shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’craft beers, piñatas full of goodies, and festive music. Entry is free, just purchase food and beverage tickets at The Market or at the gate on the day.