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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cacao

Posted by on 16th October 2017

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Are you a chocoholic? Do you get anxious when there’s no chocolate in the house? Do you need to cleanse your pallet with chocolate after eating something salty? Does your favourite pizza have a chocolate base?

Good news! There is a healthier option.

Like chocolate, raw and unprocessed cacao (pronounced “cu-COW”) contains flavonoids, which are known to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. With fewer than 15 calories per tablespoon and containing almost no fat, cacao provides a strong chocolate flavour without the guilt. “For someone who has a chocolate tooth and is looking for heart or circulation benefits, it’s a good call,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian.

There’s a reason that the Greek name for cocoa—Theobroma—literally means, “food of the gods.”

This Amazonian superfood has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Antioxidants absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.

On a plant-based/vegan diet and looking for iron? The search is over! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you’ll want to combine it with some vitamin C.

Raw cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus. The reason why you might turn to a bar of chocolate during an all-nighter at your desk!

More calcium than cow’s milk, cocoa contains 160mg of calcium per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.

A natural mood elevator and anti-depressant, cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.

Serving cocoa in our smoothies and as a topping on our bowls at Juiced @ The Wicket all day every weekday, you have no excuse to enjoy the many health benefits that stem from this ancient South American food.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Kale

Posted by on 9th October 2017

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Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.”

This rough and tough green beats out all the rest in terms of nutrition, providing more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies! It’s also a fantastic source of fibre, calcium, and iron. Prepare it virtually any way, from boiled or steamed to roasted (try it as a chip – recipe below) or stewed.

One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fibre and 0 grams of fat. Fibre aids with digestion, great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy. Kale is also bursting with nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.

Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

Eating a diet high in vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants and it is these antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids, that help protect against various cancers.

One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels making it great for cardiovascular support.

Kale is also high in vitamin A, which is great for your vision, your skin, as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers. It’s high vitamin C content means that kale is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Calcium is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility.

The above is just a snippet into why kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Incorporate kale into your diet and replace potato chips with these moreish kale variety. Once you start you won’t be able to stop!

BRASSERIE KALE CHIPS

Ingredients

1 bunch of kale
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt

Method

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Chickpeas

Posted by on 3rd October 2017

Chickpeas are one of the oldest consumed varieties of legumes on the planet. Did you know that ground chickpeas have been used as a coffee substitute since the 18th Century and are still commonly used as a caffeine-free alternative today?

This superfood contains a huge number of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including folate, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. They are also high in protein so are a fantastic alternative to meat for vegetarians.

If you’re experiencing hair loss and are tired of taking different supplements, try incorporating chickpeas into your diet. Chickpeas contain plenty of A, B and E vitamins, along with omega fatty acids. All of them can effectively promote hair growth. These nutrients can keep your scalp healthy and enhance blood circulation to your scalp.

The rich manganese content found in chickpeas helps strengthen bones by providing your spine with an increasing amount of minerals for optimal growth and development. Manganese also enhances skin health and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. As a matter of fact, manganese is used to manufacture a majority of beauty products.

Eating chickpeas on a daily basis can improve your eyesight. There’s no question that we all spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer screen, which can cause adverse effects on your eyes. Chickpeas are full of vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for your mucous membrane, your skin, and your eyes.

Chickpeas are known by many different names all over the world. Other names include garbanzo beans, bengal grams, egyptian peas, ceci beans and kabuki chana. Approximately 90 million tonnes of chickpeas are produced each year. India is the world’s number one leader in chickpea production, with Australia coming in second place.

Chickpeas are a great source of both soluble and dietary fibre, important for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Soluble fibre may assist with reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream and helps maintain blood sugar levels, which may help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and also aid in managing diabetes. The dietary fibre in chickpeas and their low glycemic index (GI) may also assist with weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer and helping you to resist the urge to grab your favourite bag of chips or chocolate chip cookies after dinner.

These clever little plants actually restore depleted soils and are powerful nitrogen fixing legumes. Their deep root system plays an important role in stabilising soils and preventing erosion, they may use little or no fertiliser while enhancing the fertility of the soil, and, they are a dry land agricultural crop, using no agricultural water. To add to their incredible talents, the chickpea plant even has a natural insecticide in its leaves, which keeps the bugs away. Incredible stuff!

‘CHATEAU CHOOK’ EGG AND CHICKPEA SALAD

Ingredients

garden beetroot, roasted in chunks
2 free range eggs, boiled
feta cheese
chickpeas
red capsicum
lettuce leaves
salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Combine all ingredients together except for the egg quarters and chickpeas, to be used as garnish on top of the salad.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Matcha

Posted by on 18th September 2017

Hands up if you have tasted our $5 ‘Morning Matcha’ special at Juiced @ The Wicket this week!

Matcha is a stone-ground powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. According to the 8th century Zen priest Eisai, who introduced the tea to Japan, matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.

Did you know that matcha has less caffeine than coffee but provides sustained energy for 4-6 hours versus 1-3 hours with coffee?

For those who haven’t tried our ‘Morning Matcha’ yet, here are some more reasons why it could be worth joining the green party.

  1. It tastes amazing! Complex, rich, aromatic, astringent and with an alluring sweetness, matcha is many people’s first choice when it comes to choosing breakfast smoothie ingredients. And voila! We’ve already got one ready and waiting for you at the Wicket Bar for just $5.
  2. Rich in antioxidants! Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Because matcha is made from ground up whole tea leaves, it’s a more potent source of catechins than standard green tea, which is consumed as an infusion and the leaves discarded. One study found that matcha contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – an antioxidant linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease – than other kinds of standard green tea.
  3. Promotes a healthy heart! A 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL cholesterol. A 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and an decreased risk of stroke.
  4. Boosts memory and concentration! Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!
  5. Makes your skin glow! The same antioxidants that make green tea protective, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may also help support skin health by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging.
  6. Increases energy levels and endurance! While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of matcha can last up to six hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension.
  7. Burns calories! Drinking matcha green tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average.
  8. Detoxifies the body! High levels of chlorophyll in matcha not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green colour, but also makes it a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

JUICED @ THE WICKET MORNING MATCHA SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

2 teaspoons matcha
2 cups lightly packed baby spinach
4 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh ginger
2 frozen bananas
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups coconut water
bee pollen, optional

Method

Blend all ingredients together and sprinkle with bee pollen if desired.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Coconut

Posted by on 11th September 2017

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Nicknamed “The Tree of Life”, the coconut palm is revered by a growing band of supporters – including scientists – who are singing the healing and restorative praises of coconuts.

From culinary creations to magic beauty potions, coconuts are versatile and in demand. What is it about this exotic food that continues to tantalise and intimidate us at the same time?

The term coconut refers to the whole coconut palm or the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut.

Coconut supports immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite.

A natural source of quick energy, coconut also enhances physical and athletic performance, boosting your metabolism as it burns as fuel rather than stored as body fat. In addition to this, coconut water contains crucial electrolytes that help in maintaining hydration during and after physical exercise.

This popular food improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and as well as benefits insulin secretion and symptoms associated with diabetes.

Turn to coconut to help reduce the risk of heart health and improve good cholesterol (HDL) in the body, as well as protect against kidney disease and bladder infection.

Cytokinins, kinetin and trans-zeatin present in coconut have anti thrombotic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-ageing effects on the body. It helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, age spots and provides sun protection.

Coconut oil fights bacteria responsible for tooth decay and could be a healthy, non-chemical additive in toothpaste and mouthwash, Irish research suggests. Scientists found that when the oil was treated with digestive enzymes it became a powerful killer of mouth bugs that can lead to tooth decay.

If that isn’t enough, did you also know that this superfood is a planet-friendly fuel for machinery? Biodiesel has been making the rounds as a fossil fuel alternative, and coconut trees happen to be one of the plants that can produce oil in workable quantities. Not only that, but coconuts can perform multiple roles: as a base substance, an additive, or a direct substitute for petroleum diesel.

So what are you waiting for? Come in and taste our delicious breadfruit and coconut salad currently featuring on The Brasserie menu.

BRASSERIE BREADFRUIT AND COCONUT SALAD

Ingredients

local homemade baked coconut chips
roasted breadfruit
avocado, sliced
mixed greens
seasoning peppers, thinly diced
olive oil
salt and pepper

Method

Combine breadfruit, mixed greens, seasoning pepper, olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Layer the fresh local avocado on the serving plate and top with breadfruit mixture. Sprinkle with crunchy coconut chips and enjoy the sweet tastes of Cayman’s summer.