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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: November in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd December 2018

For a New Year’s Eve to remember, there’s no better venue to pop the champagne and toast to the year ahead than at The Brasserie.

New Year’s Eve festivities

THE BRASSERIE — Where else can you find a six-course Chef’s Tasting Menu created carefully using seasonal ingredients harvested only metres from the kitchen, paired with champagne and specialty wines, and sitting under the stars, to welcome in the new year? Let The Brasserie spoil you this New Year’s Eve as we farewell 2018 and celebrate the year ahead. View our NYE menu here. Tickets are CI$80 + grats. Call 945-1815 or email to book.

Christmas Eve Dinner: Monday 24 December

THE BRASSERIE — Are you hosting Christmas this year and have a house full of guests? Stress less and spend Christmas Eve at The Brasserie enjoying delicious parsnip and apple soup, beef tenderloin with kohlrabi gratin and rosemary jus, and gooseberry tart with Brasserie honey ice cream. Find our exclusive Christmas Eve menu here and on The Brasserie’s Facebook page. Tickets are CI$60 + grats. Add Sommelier Pairing for CI$30. Don’t delay! Call 945-1815 or email to make your reservation today.

Holiday hours at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie, Market, Caboose and Juiced @ The Wicket will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Click here for our holiday hours. All outlets will resume normal opening hours either side of these dates. Find all Brasserie event dates and information on our online EventsCalendar. Call 945-1815 or email our Events & Reservations Manager for all your event bookings.

Champagne + Oysters: Thursday 13 December

THE BRASSERIE — Celebrate this year’s achievements at The Brassiere with a selection of champagnes and sparkling wines paired with freshly shucked oysters for just CI$50 per person. Join us for our 2018 SWIRL wine tasting finale, 5pm-7pm, as we pop open our finest bubbles and cheers to the festive season. The perfect Christmas gift for colleagues, friends and family. Note: other delicious canapés will also be served. Book early!

Cookout Guest Chef Brandon McGlamery

THE BRASSERIE — Announcing Brandon McGlamery, executive chef of fine dining eateries Luma on Park, Prato and Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, as our Cayman Cookout 2019 Guest Chef! Join us on Saturday 19 January as the former French Laundry sous chef 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 plus gratuity. Call 945-1815 or book here.

Book your Christmas party at Cricket Square

THE BRASSERIE — Looking for a venue to host your Christmas party? Buyout the restaurant for up to 80 people or the gorgeous green outdoor space at the Wicket Bar for a cocktail party of 150 people? What about the relaxing vibe of our restaurant garden or the Caboose al fresco area as you sip on cocktails under the stars? For a more intimate setting of 12 people, host a party in our cosy wine room. Look at our complete list of venue options hereand call 945-1815 or email to book your Christmas party.

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.

The Club Start Up Package now available

THE CLUB — In need of a Christmas present idea? The Club Start Up Package is the perfect gift for loved ones looking to get a jump start on the New Year. The package includes three private training sessions for CI$150. Call 949-2582 or email The Club to organise a gift certificate. The gift that keeps on giving.

FREE week of classes at ENERGY

ENERGY — Santa Claus has come early! To get you fit for Christmas and donning the “Holiday Glow”, enjoy an entire week of free classes at ENERGY from Monday 17 December until Saturday 22 December. Look and feel good over the Christmas break and join the team at ENERGY in the lead up to the festive season. Call 946-6006 or email ENERGY to get the schedule for the week and sign up for these Christmas class specials.

Harvest Dinner: Thursday 17 January

THE BRASSERIE — Cayman Cookout week wouldn’t be the same without our traditional Brasserie Harvest Dinner. A unique experience like no other on the island, enjoy cocktails in our relaxing organic garden. Followed by a three-course farm-to-table feast adjacent at the Caboose prepared by culinary pioneer and celebrity chef, Roy Yamaguchi. Call 945-1815 or email to book.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Thyme

Posted by on 20th November 2018

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Have you ever used Listerine mouthwash and Vicks VapoRub? Thymol, thyme’s most active ingredient, is used in both of these products because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. The fact that these classic, although not very natural, products choose to use thymol as a key ingredient speaks to the undeniable medicinal benefits of this versatile herb. Thymol effectively kills germs and infections in the mouth and protects the teeth from plaque and decay. It also kills fungi and is commercially added to hand sanitisers and antifungal creams.

Thyme oil is one of the strongest, natural antimicrobials, making it a serious weapon against sore throats. Its bacteria fighting carvacrol content is a major reason why it’s one of the top essential oils for sore throat relief.

The carvacrol found in this medicinal herb has also shown to have some very positive mood-boosting effects. Carvacrol is a brain-active molecule that clearly influences brain activity through the modulation of neurotransmitters. If thyme is regularly ingested in low concentrations, it has been suggested that it might improve feelings of wellbeing.

Back in the Roman era, it was consumed to prevent poisoning and put in baths to stop the effects of poisoning once it already happened. In the days before refrigeration and food safety laws, including it in recipes gave you at least some protection against spoiled meat and food-borne illness. Thyme has the ability not only to prevent food contamination, but to decontaminate previously contaminated foods as well. Prior to modern antibiotics coming on the scene, thyme oil was used to medicate bandages.

The ingestion of thyme has been shown to produce antihypertensive activity, which makes it a great herbal choice for anyone suffering from high blood pressure symptoms.

Thyme also contains a variety of flavonoids, including apigenin, naringenin, luteolin and thymonin. These flavonoids increase the herb’s antioxidant capacity.

In summary, thyme is excellent at supporting the immune and respiratory systems as well as the digestive, nervous and other body systems. It’s a serious powerhouse when it comes to staying healthy and thriving in The Brasserie’s greenhouse!