Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Yoga in the Hills this Saturday!

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Zone in with Yoga and Meditation Practice by the best view of Kingston this Saturday on the lawns of Garden Cottage in Jack’s Hill.

The class will be conducted by Certified Yoga Instructor, Karin Wilson Edmonds and the cost is $2000JMD. RSVP by Email and pay at the venue.

Banyan Tribe Wellness & Yoga

Ph: 876-564-7559; 876-422-2550

Email: ourbanyantribe@gmail.com

Website: http://www.ourbanyantribe.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Pedal and Wheel Fitness has Reopened!

Pedal and Wheel Fitness, the Certified Spinning Facility that was previously located in Barbican Business Centre is back! It has reopened at a location that is by Appointment Only.

School is now in session! Classes started on Tuesday and payment is due at the beginning of each term. Term 1 ends on December 15 and focuses on Aerobic training, in particular, strength, endurance and muscular endurance. Classes run from Monday to Friday each week at either 5:30am or 9:00am in the mornings and at 6:30pm on some evenings. Some of the experienced team of instructors that you may have been familiar with from the Barbican location are back as well and you can expect their usual hands-on guidance. Drop-in classes cost $3000JMD, but packages are available for the term depending on the amount of classes you choose to do each week. The more you spin, the less you pay!

Owner, Joanne Adams had a showing of the new space last Saturday and I can’t wait to do a class! She has coloured lighting that changes according to the zone you are in and the room is cool with the scent of lavender. It’s fully blocked in from the outdoors with a projected screen to show how you are riding and more!

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The new space for Pedal and Wheel Fitness with coloured lighting for each zone

Gentlemen, if you have an important football match or sporting event to watch, you have no excuses because it will be blown up for you on the screen while you ride.

Are you ready to Wheel and Come Again?! Get your Spinning on with Pedal and Wheel Fitness!

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Pedal and Wheel Fitness

***By Appointment Only***

For Details, Call/Email:

Ph: 876-382-3170

Email: pedalandwheel@gmail.com

Instagram: @pedalandwheelja

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Lunch from Veggie Campus Jamaica

Veggie Campus has been a favourite of a Suga Bear for a while now and I finally decided to try them. Veggie Campus prepares and delivers Caribbean, Vegan food at an affordable cost in Kingston. Gluten Free and Soy Free options are available too.

Last Wednesday, I ordered the Ackee Wrap, Steamed Callaloo and Ripe Plantains for $500JMD for Lunch.

Making my order via whatsapp was quick and effective. However, I asked for 12pm delivery and they were half an hour late. I had called at 12:15pm and was told they were 5 minutes away. 5 minutes turned into 15 minutes, but I am happy they at least answered the phone unlike other places that you would not get at that time.

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Veggie Campus Ja’s Ackee Wrap, Steamed Callaloo and Plantain – $500JMD

The food was a bit on the plain side, lacking spice, but they definitely facilitated clean eating and the food was not oily. I still felt a little peckish afterwards, but I know for more fibre I should have ordered the Curried Chick Pea Wrap with Steamed Callaloo and Ripe Plantain for $650JMD. I did not feel for Curry that day though.

Entree options that may offer more satisfaction are their Curried Veggie Chunks ($500JMD) that includes side options such as sweet potato mash, steamed callaloo or basmati pumpkin rice and their Fettuccine Alfredo with summer squash.

Natural Juices with no sugar added such as Carrot and Pineapple cost $200JMD.

I will probably try Veggie Campus another day to try one of their Entree options, but when I have a later lunch time to order ahead of time of course.

Veggie Campus Jamaica
Call, Txt, Whatsapp: 876-321-5298
Delivery: Mon-Fri from 12pm-5pm for $200JMD
Email: veggiecampusja@gmail.com
Instagram/Facebook: Veggie Campus Ja

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga’s Healthy Pesto Pizza Recipe!

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Suga finally got her hands on Ashebre Gourmet Condiments’ Spicy Basil Pesto sauce. Ashebre Gourmet Condiments is from Ashebre, The Virtual Restaurant led by local Executive Culinary Artist, Oji Jaja.

Now and then you will see a few stocked in Loshusan Supermarket. I glimpsed it somewhere else too, but the location has slipped from my memory.

I was happy with how long Ashebre’s 10oz Spicy Basil Pesto lasted. I made Chicken and Shrimp Pesto Pasta for two, as well as 5 mini Pesto Pizzas made from Whole Wheat Pita Bread over two weekends.

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My husband and I enjoyed it. It is one of the healthiest Pestos that I have seen on the market with only 10% Saturated Fat and I loved and appreciated that it wasn’t drenched in Olive oil. It was dairy free and fresh with it’s own unique herby, taste.

Other Jamaican Branded Pestos that are #sugaendorsed are Christina Simonitsch’s Pesto from Simo’s Bread and Catering, who is currently away to return September and none other than, Stush in the Bush’s Pesto.

If you get your hands on any of their Pestos, be sure to try my Recipe for your Personal Chicken Pesto Pizza!

Ingredients

Whole Grain Pita bread
Ashebre Gourmet Condiments Spicy Basil Pesto
Skinless, Boneless strips of Chicken Breast
Jerk seasoning
Garlic powder
Paprika
Black pepper
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Salt-Free seasoning blend
Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (15% Sat. Fat)                                              Tomato
Onion
A few leaves of fresh Basil
***Add a few leaves of Fresh Arugula! Suga couldn’t find any at the time

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Oven-Baked Skinless, boneless strips of Chicken Breast.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 °F.

Season the Chicken with Jerk seasoning, Garlic powder, Paprika, Black pepper and Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Salt-Free seasoning blend.

Bake the Chicken for about 12 to 15 mins (depending on your oven and the thickness of the Chicken Breast), ensuring that you flip sides along the way until juices run clear and it remains tender.

Leave strips to cool for about 5 minutes, then cut up into smaller pieces.

2. As the Chicken is baking, prep your Pizza

Spread the Pesto sauce evenly on the the Pita Bread.

Add Cheese, Onion and chopped Tomato.

3. After the Chicken has cooled for about 5 minutes and it is cut into smaller pieces, turn up the oven to 400°F.

4. Place the layered Pita Bread in the Oven and as the Cheese begins to melt, add the Chicken and sprinkle a bit more Cheese on top.

Watch until it melts, then remove the Pizza from the oven. It just takes a few minutes!

Garnish with a few fresh Basil leaves and Arugula.

Slice it with a Pizza Cutter then Serve!

ENJOY!

Ashebre Gourmet Condiments
c/o Ashebre The Virtual Restaurant
A Luxury Wedding/Event Catering Company
Website: ashebre.com/cater.php
Location: 56 Old Hope Road. Kingston. Ja
Ph (Local): 876-869-7483
Ph (USA): 954-653-8075
Email: cuisine@ashebre.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist)

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Coconut Oil is Not Healthy to Consume

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Photo: The Good Shopping Guide

For a while now, the addition of Coconut Oil to your diet has been a hot topic.

A paragraph from a Document released by the ‘American Heart Association’s Presidential Advisory entitled ‘Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)’, states that, ‘because Coconut Oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of Coconut Oil’.

Choosing a Vegetable oil over Coconut oil, butter or lard was the most important recommendation and that is Suga endorsed.

You cannot expect that oil so cloudy at room temperature, that also forms a solid layer in the fridge is good for you. That happens with Coconut Oil.

Coconut Oil is considered to be a Saturated fat, which is a ‘bad fat’. Other ‘bad fats’ or fatty oils to be mindful of are Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil.

Ensure that you read the ingredients of your Chips. Sometimes what may be advertised as healthy, for instance, Kettle Cooked Chips, may not be so healthy after all. If you read the list of ingredients, you may see cooked or fried in Palm oil or Palm Kernel oil close to the end, which cannot be good.

The good oils to use when cooking are Olive Oil and Vegetable Oils.

Olive Oil is best. Affordable brands and small sizes are now available in our local supermarkets, such as Ybarra Olive Oil.

Vegetable Oils usually consist of a mixture of Sunflower, Safflower and Soybean Oils. Of course, Vegetable oils are available in abundance for great prices.

Check your labels and do not be a victim of the ‘hype’.

Coconut Oil is great for other things like your hair and skin, but not your kitchen.

Have a Healthy Day!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Delightful and Healthy Salad from 100!

 

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Guava Chicken Quinoa Salad

Healthy Protein, Carbs, Veggies and a little bit of Fruit all in one dish!

100

Location: 100 Hope Road. Kingston 6
Ph: 876.665-3BET (3238)
Instagram: 100hoperoad
Facebook: 100 Hope Road

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Hidden Spot for Jamaican and Vegetarian Cuisine Lunches!

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Photo credit: Stephen Greig

Healthy Bites is located at a house in Trafalgar Park, close to NCB Atrium where you can pick up your Lunch.

Vegetarian meals such as Lentil Stew and General meals, typically of Jamaican cuisine such as Ackee and Saltfish, usually range in cost from $450-$650JMD. I love when places don’t drench your Ackee in oil. Healthy Bites is definitely a clean eating option. I am promoting healthy food today but if Fried Bammy is your choice for a side option, go for it.

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Photo credit: Stephen Greig

The Menu varies each day and they offer large enough portions that are tasty.

You can customize your Lunch based on the sides you desire and they are open to suggestions. They are also considering Delivery.

Healthy Bites

Location: 3 Circle Close (Trafalgar Park, close to NCB Atrium)

Ph: 876-296-4119 (Ruby Porter)

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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