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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Goat milk

Posted by on 21st January 2019

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Although goats only produce about 2% of the global milk supply, it is cheaper to process because it doesn’t require homogenisation (the small fat molecules do not separate and remain suspended in the cream).

The health benefits of goat milk include its ability to aid in weight loss, reduce inflammation, optimise digestion, improve the bioavailability of nutrients, strengthen bones, boost heart health, strengthen immunity, increase metabolism, prevent toxins from accumulating in the body, and benefit overall health.

As we age, the chemical composition and impact of goat milk on the body is actually preferable to the effects of cow milk. For example, people who suffer from lactose intolerance, digest goat milk far better than cow milk due to its higher levels of beneficial fatty acids (twice that of cow milk).

Milk of all varieties is rich in calcium, and goat milk is no exception.

One reason why people tend to love goat milk is that they are able to enjoy it without the inflammation and upset stomach that cow milk often causes. This is due to the unique enzymatic makeup of goat milk that soothes inflammation in the gut.

One of the main benefits of goat milk is that the chemical composition is far closer to human milk than other milks. Human milk is similar to goat milk, so our bodies are able to get more nutrients out of the milk as it moves through our system and causes less stress on our digestive processes.

Goat milk is nutrient-dense, which means that you don’t need as much of it as other milks to receive the same (or better) nutrient intake. Studies have shown that goat milk can help increase the uptake of iron and copper in our digestive tract, which is essential for people who struggle with anemia and other deficiencies.

There are significant amounts of selenium in goat milk. This rare mineral is a key component in the immune system functionality, protecting us from illness and fending off infections.

Goat milk is a very rich source of protein, which is an essential part of growth and development, as proteins are the building blocks of cells, tissues, muscles, and bones.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jicama

Posted by on 21st January 2019

Jicama (also called yambean) is a type of bulbous root vegetable that many people describe as being a cross between an apple and a turnip.

Jicama is composed of about 86 percent to 90 percent water, so it’s naturally low in calories, natural sugars and starch — and, therefore, it has a low score on the glycemic index and fits most diets, including the vegan, Paleo and the ketogenic diet plan. It’s also a good source of immune system-boosting nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fibre.

Jicama’s fibre contains a beneficial type of prebiotic fructan carbohydrate called oligofructose inulin. Because it’s indigestible within the human digestive tract and ferments in the gut, inulin is considered to have zero calories, yet it benefits the digestive organs and, therefore, your entire body (including the immune system) in a few different ways. Inulin acts like a prebiotic once it reaches the intestines, which means it helps probiotics (or “good bacteria” living within the GI tract) do their job best.

As a source of valuable prebiotics, jicama’s unique fibre molecules help balance the growth of good-to-bad microbes residing within the intestines and colon. A very large percentage of the immune system — over 75 percent — is actually stored with your GI tract, so proper immune functioning depends a lot on a delicate balance between the bacteria populating your microbiota.

Like many vegetables, jicama has a high water and nutrient density, and is otherwise largely made of different types of carbohydrate molecules. Oligofructose inulin, which makes up a good percentage of the fibre found in jicama, is linked to improved cardiovascular health and the ability to lower cholesterol naturally.

Water and fibre-rich vegetables are recommended for anyone battling digestive issues because they’re hydrating and provide fibre, essential electrolytes and nutrients that support intestinal and gut health.

Aside from its prebiotic properties, jicama is also an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamin C. Just one cup of raw jicama provides over 40 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is a crucial antioxidant that scavenges free radical damage and controls inflammation. Eating plenty of vitamin C foods helps control inflammation, which is important for keeping oxidative stress levels lower and protecting against cancer, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.

Called a “Mexican turnip” or yambean in some parts of the world, jicama’s oligofructose inulin helps keep bones strong because it enhances mineral retention, suppresses the turnover rate of bone loss and helps with the absorption of calcium into bones. It also supplies important nutrients like potassium, magnesium and manganese that are needed for proper bone mineralisation and protecting against bone loss or osteoporosis into older age.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Arugula

Posted by on 7th January 2019

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What are the health benefits of arugula? This vegetable is an immune-boosting vegetable that packs a nutritional punch, especially considering its tiny number of calories. Like other leafy greens, arugula salad is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, especially when you add other vegetables to the mix.

When it comes to your health, as a high-antioxidant food arugula can help improve almost every system in the body. For example, studies have tied compounds found in it to improved heart health and lowered inflammation, thanks to its phytonutrients that reduce oxidative stress.

Arugula, which is called rocket or roquette in Europe and Australia, provides generous portions of vital nutrients — such as vitamin K, vitamin A and folate. In addition, it is a good source of eye-healthy beta-carotene in the form of carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin.

Eating a healthy diet filled with cruciferous/brassica vegetables, sometimes called “carcinogen killers,” is a key dietary recommendation for cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute. The arugula plant, like many other vegetables in the cruciferous family, contains glucosinolates. These are key phytonutrients believed to act against cancer cells. When you chew this leafy green, these compounds mix with a digestive enzyme called myrosinase that turns them into other cancer-fighting nutrients known as isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates have been shown to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activities. This makes arugula a great addition to a healing diet since it may help prevent against age-related diseases. Arugula contains large quantities of specific sulfur-containing isothiocyanates, like sulforaphane and erucin, the same phytonutrients found in veggies like kohlrabi and Chinese cabbage. These are what give most cruciferous vegetables their signature sulfur smell. They are also believed to be responsible for their cancer-fighting activity. Many studies find a strong relationship between higher consumption of raw vegetables containing these special compounds and a lowered risk for cancer.

Arugula may help prevent macular degeneration because it’s high in carotenoids like beta-carotene, leutin and zeaxanthin. These are known to protect the retina, cornea and other delicate parts of the eyes from UV damage and other effects.

Arugula is capable of improving the health of blood vessels by acting as an anti-inflammatory food that lowers levels of cholesterol and homocysteine. This is one reason why cruciferous vegetable intake is known to lower the risk for heart disease and overall mortality. A diet high in low-calorie, high-nutrient vegetables is also linked with better blood pressure, improved circulation, and a lower risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Vegetables provide not only important inflammation-lowering antioxidants, but also crucial nutrients like potassium and magnesium that help control heart rhythms and dietary fiber. This removes cholesterol and toxins from the body.

One cup of arugula provides about over a quarter of the recommended daily value of vitamin K. This makes it a great food for prevention of vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin K is essential for bone health and also for helping with blood clot formation.

Like other leafy greens, arugula is an alkaline food that helps restore the body’s optimal pH level. An optimal pH level is crucial for digestive health in addition to a supporting a strong immune system. Additionally, arugula is a hydrating food that helps nourish the digestive tract. Regularly eating leafy greens is one way to help prevent constipation and improve the health of the gut lining, colon, intestines and other digestive organs.

With so many health benefits stemming from the one leafy green, it’s hard to imagine a diet without arugula!

THE PITCH: December in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd January 2019

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, a safe and cheerful holiday season and are looking forward to the events we have planned in 2019.

Cayman Cookout Dinner

THE BRASSERIE — Announcing Brandon McGlamery, Executive Chef of fine dining eateries Luma on Park and Prato, as our Cayman Cookout Guest Chef! Join us from 6:30pm on Saturday 19 January as one of the original French Laundry team members brings his love of local flavours to the table, paired with wines from award-winning sommelier and vintner, Michael Kennedy. Receive Brandon’s book 9 Courses as a gift on the night. Tickets are CI$150. Call 945-1815 or book here.

Roy Yamaguchi heads up Harvest Dinner

THE CABOOSE — For the first time in The Brasserie’s long-standing Harvest Dinner tradition, the pioneer of “Hawaiian fusion” Chef Roy Yamaguchi will treat guests to a family feast at the Caboose. Garden cocktails will proceed a short stroll to the gourmet smokehouse to watch Chef Yamaguchi fire up the BBQ so that you can experience his bold and flavourful cooking that has sparked a culinary revolution. Tickets are CI$90. Call 945-1815 or email us to book your seat at the table.

Life by the Sea with Chef Dean Max

THE RITZ-CARLTON — Experience authentic “Rum in da coconut” – local rum poured in the The Brasserie’s plantation coconuts – while wriggling your toes in the white sand of Seven Mile Beach. All while learning the art of seafood cuisine with The Brasserie’s entertaining Consultant Chef Dean Max, as he creates local chilled tomato soup with lobster salad and wahoo poke with green papaya. The fun starts at 3:45pm at South Beach Pavilion. Tickets to this Cayman Cookout event are $125. Book here.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 24 January

THE BRASSERIE — Who says that you have to spend more than $20 on a good wine? We certainly don’t believe so and would love to prove it to you at our upcoming SWIRL. Beat the post-Christmas blues and join us for a tasting of four delicious wines that won’t break the bank and are ideal for everyday drinking. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945-1815 to book for this event.

Taste of Cayman: Saturday 26 January

THE BRASSERIE — After winning ‘Best Food’ at Taste of Cayman 2018, The Brasserie is back to join in the culinary fun for another year. Find the very best of Cayman’s diverse cuisines, local produce and drinks to match at Taste of Cayman from 5pm at the Festival Green in Camana Bay. Get ready for more delicious Brasserie food and cocktail surprises!

Free Juiced @ samples at The Club

THE CLUB — Start your day the right way with an energetic and revitalising yoga class on the front yoga lawn at 6:30am on Thursday 10 January. Followed by refreshing coconut water and juice samples thanks to Juiced @ The Wicket. Like what you taste? Order any item from the Juiced @ menu prior to your workout by calling 927-6419, and it will be ready for collection from the Wicket Bar when you finish.

Curbside pick-up at the Caboose

THE CABOOSE — Did you know that you can takeaway all items on our Caboose menu? If your fridge is empty and you’re in a hurry to get home after work, call 945-1816 to order ahead, then pull up curbside in our new pick-up designated areas and a Caboose team member will bring your order over to you. You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle! Open from 11am to 6pm weekdays, choose from our quality meats and vegetarian options.

New Synrgy360 training program

THE CLUB — Experience the power of our Synrgy360 with a new 4-week small group training workshop at The Club starting on 15 January 2019. Join us from 5:30pm – 6:15pm, Tuesday and Thursdays, to learn how to get the most out of this state-of-the-art fitness equipment that will change the way you workout forever. The workshop costs $150 per person. Call 949-CLUB or email to find out more and book your spot today.

Start 2019 energised at ENERGY

ENERGY — Blast into the new year with ENERGY‘s amazing 2019 line-up of classes! Enjoy an all inclusive Total Body Class Pass with unlimited access to Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and ENERGY Lunch Express classes from 14 January. For just $325 per person, email Colleen and receive further information and sign-up details. Check out the complete class timetable using ENERGY’s online scheduler.

Harvest Dinner: Thursday 17 January

THE BRASSERIE — Our famous Harvest Dinner’s are back in 2019 as we celebrate another fruitful harvest from our organic vegetable garden and the edible trees throughout Cricket Square. It’s time to enjoy the very best farm-to-table produce from the pioneers of this movement in Cayman, with foods harvested, caught and hand-picked from the Brasserie Bees, Chateau Chooks, Coco Bluff coconut plantation and fishing boats, Brasserie Catch I & II. Tickets are $90. Call 945-1815 or email.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Star fruit

Posted by on 26th November 2018

Did you know that star fruit folds its leaves during the night and as response to the vibration of the tree?

The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides, usually five but can sometimes vary. When it’s cut in cross-section, it resembles a star, which is where the name comes from.

Also known as carambola, the star fruit is low in calories and rich in dietary fibre, vitamin A, B and C along with minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. It has high amounts of antioxidants like polyphenolic compounds, quercetin, gallic acid and epicatechin.

Star fruit has exceptional amounts of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that may prevent skin disorders like dermatitis. The presence of vitamin C also helps in flushing out toxins and maintaining a healthy body.

Rich in sodium and potassium that acts as electrolytes in the body, star fruit helps to maintain blood pressure. These minerals also ensure regular heartbeat rhythm and healthy blood flow in the body.

This fruit has negligible calories to add up to; therefore, it makes for a great evening snack when hunger pangs strike. Moreover, the fibre content in the fruit helps speed up the metabolism that supports your efforts to lose weight. Fibre also helps to keep you fuller for long, lowering the chances of overeating.

The presence of calcium reduces the risk of heart problems like heart attacks and strokes by relieving stress on the blood vessels and arteries. By eliminating the pressure, your heart will be able to relax, making circulation more effective. This way, the fluid balance in your body will be maintained.

Dietary fibre present in the star fruit plays an important role in boosting digestion. It can stimulate the movement of stool through the digestive tract, further relieving symptoms of constipation, bloating and cramping.

The insoluble fibre in the fruit can prevent the release of glucose after eating, which can further help in controlling insulin levels in the body, making it an ideal snack for diabetics or people who are at a risk of developing the condition.

Carambola fruit is rich in folate and riboflavin that helps alter your metabolism in a positive way, ensuring that enzymatic and hormonal processes take place smoothly throughout the body.

The fruit has negligible fat and a high level of dietary fibre that is great for managing cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack and other disorders.

With cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, star fruit promotes salivation and inhibits the production of mucus or phlegm. It makes for a great remedy for respiratory infections and overall health, alleviating sore throats and other underlying health problems.

Star fruit is power-packed with antioxidants like quercetin, gallic acid and other polyphenolic compounds that help counter the effects of oxidative stress and inhibit the growth of free radicals that damage body cells, further healing the skin and making it glow. The fruit is also beneficial for hair growth; thanks to the presence of antioxidants, B complex vitamins and vitamin C.

Devour the sweet ripe fruit straight from the tree, or as is popular in the Philippines, eat unripe star fruit dipped in rock salt!

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