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Detox After Weekend Eats and Start Your Week off Healthy!

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Detox after weekend eats and start your week off Healthy!

Thanks Rainforest Seafoods for the Whole Grunt and green Beans. Grow What You Eat and Eat What You Grow with Veggies from the Garden, Tomato, Cucumber and Broccoli. If not, follow @sayyestofreshja on Instagram
to see how you can source fresh fruits and veggies from our local farmers.

Have a great week!

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

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During Love in the Time of Corona, Suga Taster, Kimmy does Doorstep Dining

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for EITS Cafe Doorstep Dining

Date and time of order: April 17, 2020

No. of orders: 2

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Packaging: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Taster, Kimmy’s Breakdown!

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth

During Love in the Time of Corona, EITS Cafe has been offering Door Step Dining. There are usually two Soup options and six Meal options, in addition to some fun treats such as Pesto, Herb Butter and Cookies.

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There are also refreshing and simple Salads. There are suggested combinations and an option to build your own Salad, which is what I ordered.

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There are quite a few options you can choose from, and part of the fun is switching it up so that you’re not having the same Salad every day.

The Salads are fresh and tasty🙌🏾

EITS Cafe Doorstep Dining
*Tax is included in the listed prices*

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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SUGA TASTER, KIMBERLY NESBETH BATTLES COVID CRAVINGS AND GOES PLANT-BASED!

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth

Do you remember that Kimberly’s favourite dish is Smoked Pork Chops?! Let’s see how she enjoyed a plant-based meal from The Plantry!

Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for The Plantry

Date and time of order: April 1, 2020

No. of orders: 2

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Speed: ★★☆☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Packaging: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Taster, Kimmy’s Breakdown!

During Love in the Time of Corona, many of us bought snacks we know we should stay away from, then binge ate them. Me? GUILTY!

After one week of this I was craving something healthy, but different. THE PLANTRY had been popping up on my Instagram and I took this opportunity to give them a try.

Their plant-based food options change weekly. Soups, salads, main dishes and sweet treats. You order and pay online, which helps significantly with reducing human interaction, and the food can be delivered or you can pick it up.

I ordered on Instagram, received an email with the invoice and made payment via squareup.com.

The menu was titled, ‘An Ode to Mexico’ the day that I ordered.

For JMD $1400, I got a small Split Pea Soup and Prickly Salad, a Nopales (type of cactus) Burrito, Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn) and Non-Dairy Mango Ice cream. A starter, main course and dessert for $1,400! Value for money already.

I decided to pick up the order myself because I needed a little drive out after watching too much Corona news. I was promised it would be ready at noon. I got there at 1pm and it still wasn’t ready. For damage control she made me a small Jerked Jackfruit plus Bean Wrap with fresh Mango Chutney. It was so tasty that I actually stopped half way so I could give the other half to my boyfriend. All of a sudden, instead of anxiously waiting I was patiently and excitedly anticipating receiving my order.

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Jackfruit Burger (Instagram photo: @the.plantry)

At 2pm I was delving into my meal, so apologies, but no pics. The Soup, Salad, Elote and Burrito were DIVINE! Tasty, flavourful and filling!
So good I would definitely order again, but do delivery instead and plan for the delay.

What happened to the Ice-cream? The Ice-cream was not ready until two days later. Smooth and refreshing; as sweet as the perfect mango.

If you’re in office and still tied to a restricted Lunch time, this may not be for you. If you’re working from home, THE PLANTRY is definitely worth your time. Just mentally prepare for a possibly long wait.

The Plantry
Location: Kingston, Ja.
Ph: 876.518.1642
Instagram @the.plantry

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Start the Week off the Healthy Way with this Breakfast!

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Miss Shirley’s Elote Street Avocado Toast with Avocado mash, Grilled Corn, pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco & fresh Cilantro on toasted Multigrain Bread dusted with Smoked Paprika!

Miss Shirleys’ Roland Park location in Maryland is OPEN 8AM – 3PM for Delivery via DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub & Postmates!

Miss Shirley’s Cafe

Location: 513 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210, United States
Ph: 410-889-5272
Instagram: @missshirleys

***Menu is on the link in their Bio***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Say Yes to Fresh and Support our Local Farmers

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Instagram Photo: @radajm

Our Tourism sector is at an all time low, so our farmers have not been able to sell their produce to hotels. The Government of Jamaica has been assisting our farmers to market their produce. According to the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries made an immediate injection of $240 million for the purchase of excess produce from farmers! #SugaSnaps

RADA is currently active in the fields identifying farmers with excess produce. Trade Winds Citrus in Bog Walk, St. Catherine pioneered this charge by utilizing their excess produce of tomatoes in the National School Feeding Programme.

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Trade Winds Citrus in Bog Walk, St. Catherine (Instagram Photo: @radajm)

Bellefield Restaurant and Bar in Montego Bay not only has Lunch Specials, Curbside Pick up and Delivery, but a commendable, hassle free service, marketing fresh produce in ‘Bellefield Curbside Bundles’ to support our local farmers who can no longer sell at the market or to the hotels. Curbside Bundles also include value packs from Best Dressed Chicken!

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Instagram Photo: @bellefield876
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Instagram Photo: @bellefield876

Grow What We Eat, Eat What We Grow

Help our Farmers to stay encouraged despite the challenges being faced during COVID-19 #FarmFresh #SupportLocal

Interested in purchasing Agricultural Produce? Please Contact:

Ansel Golaub: 876-383-8428
Glastonbury Purveyors: 876-381-0203
Fruits & Veg Basket Deal: 876-482-8921
Farmers at your Steps: 876-895-2447

RADA

Instagram: @radajm

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Bellefield Restaurant and Bar

Location: Bellefield Great House, Fairfield Ave, Montego Bay

Ph: 876-952-2382

Instagram: @bellefield876

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Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Order your Healthy Treats from SEAR 274!

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Pumpkin, Cranberry and Chia Breads and Cupcakes from Sear 274.

In these times, it is so important that we find delicious and wholesome ways to nourish our bodies and boost our immune system.

The SEAR 274 team, led by Chef and Patissier, Trevanne Donegal, is committed to continuing their safe and sanitary practices while delivering their Best Sweet and Savouries.

Check out this Honey Butter Triple Berry Corn Bread!

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Honey Butter Triple Berry Corn Bread from SEAR 274.

A limited supply was sent out last Friday. Don’t miss out on the next batch.

Different Treats will be made every week!

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***Check Sear 274’s website on the Healthy Treats Page for details***

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Sear 274

Website: http://www.sear274.com

Instagram: @sear274

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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5 Healthiest Cheeses to Eat!

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Photo source: Vegetarian Times

Cheese should be included in any balanced diet. More specifically, 2-3 servings of dairy should be consumed each day, as cheese is a good source of calcium, protein and other nutrients. Calcium also helps to break down body fat. A single serving of cheese is 1 ounce, which is equivalent to about one thin slice or two small cubes, roughly the size of a pair of dice.

Of course there are so many different kinds of cheeses based on various farm animals, aging and processing methods used. So most cheeses are high in calories, fat and sodium, but you can still find healthy cheeses to aid in weight loss, prevent heart disease and osteoporosis (deterioration of the bone).

Healthiest Types of Cheeses

1. Mozzarella

Mozzarella is typically lower in sodium and calories when compared to other cheeses.

Originally from Italy, it is made from the Italian Buffalo or Cow’s milk and is known to have probiotics that strengthen your immune system.

There are different types of Mozzarella on the market, such as full fat, low-moisture, part-skim etc. However, if your goal is to lose weight, I do not recommend that you have Mozzarella cheese as it may still have a bit too much saturated fat. However, if maintaining your weight and you find that you have space for a few fat calories, a part-skim Mozzarella can be consumed. In Jamaica, you can find shredded low-moisture, part-skim Mozzarella with 15% saturated fat in Supermarkets such as John R Wong, Sovereign and Loshusan.

I would love to see the fat-free shredded Mozzarella in the supermarkets though!

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2. Feta

Feta cheese, soft like Mozzarella, originated from Greece. Hence why you probably first saw it in a Greek salad. It can be added to eggs, pizzas and mixed into a dip to eat with fresh vegetables too.

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Photo Source: Loving it Vegan

It is definitely lower in calories compared to other cheeses, but tends to be higher in sodium because of how it is usually packaged to preserve freshness.

Feta is also known to have Conjugate Linoleic Acid (CLA), a fatty acid that has been linked to reducing body fat and improving body composition.

If trying to lose weight, I suggest a reduced fat Feta. Unfortunately, at the moment, you cannot source reduced fat Feta in Jamaica ot a Feta that has less than 20% or 25% Saturated fat, which is way too much. If maintaining your weight, Ruby Goat Dairy located in Trelawny, visits the Ujima Natural Farmer’s Market in Liguanea, Kingston (22 Barbican Road; 9am-3pm) each Saturday and sells low lactose cheeses. You will not see a nutrition label, but it should still be less fatty than the Feta sold in our supermarkets.

Good news though! You know Suga’s got you. One of our favourite farm to table vegetarian and vegan providers are working on the formula to offer Vegan Feta soon! Can’t wait because Feta is the type of cheese you need with a sharp, pungent taste, where you only need a small amount to be satisfied.

3. Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese a.k.a Chèvre, another soft cheese, is tangy and of course, made from goat’s milk.

As mentioned earlier, Goat Cheese is lower in lactose. So it is usually easier to digest compared to cheeses made from cow’s milk. Great for persons who are lactose intolerant.

Goat Cheese contains less acidic proteins, which also aid in the digestive process  and since it is absorbed quickly into the body, it is less likely to be stored as fat.

4. Ricotta

Ricotta, another Italian cheese, creamy in texture, is made from the watery parts of cow, goat, sheep, or Italian water buffalo milk that are left over from making other cheeses.

Ricotta cheese, also available from Ruby Goat Dairy in Jamaica, is usually a great addition to pastas, lasagna, salads, scrambled eggs, creamy dips or can be served with fruit.

Low-fat Ricotta can be sourced in our local supermarkets as well.

Ricotta is a cheese with a high source of protein, mostly whey, which may promote muscle growth and lower blood pressure.

5. Parmesan

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Photo Source: Today Show

Last but not least, Parmesan! One of my faves. Parmesan, unlike the others, is a hard, aged cheese. It’s made from raw, unpasteurized cow’s milk that’s aged for about 12 months to kill harmful bacteria and produce a unique flavour.

Parmesan is rich in Calcium and low in lactose, so it should promote healthy bones.

It is best to have fat-free, or low-fat grated Parmesan and feel free to add it to your veggie or fruit salads, pastas, pizzas and even your burgers.

Have you tried Stush in the Bush’s Vegan Parmesan? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!

Fat-free Cheeses are on the market, but tend to be sliced, processed cheeses. It is best to stay away from processed foods. Cheese can be a great nutritious addition to a healthy, balanced diet, but it is important to keep an eye on your intake, as some cheeses can be high in sodium and/or fat. Everything in moderation right! Just remember, Cheddar is the devil 😈

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

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Which Porridge is Healthy for You?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw Peanuts
  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp. Flour (Preferably Whole Grain/Oat Flour)
  • 1 tbsp. Cornmeal
  • 1 Cup Almond/Skimmed Milk
  • A pinch of Nutmeg
  • ½  teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • Water as needed (approximately 2 cups)

Method:

  • Place the Peanuts in a blender and process until it is almost smooth.
  • Remove the Peanuts and place in a container.
  • Place 1 cup of water in a pot to boil and add ½ tsp. of salt.
  • Place the Oatmeal in a blender and process until it becomes power.
  • Combine the Flour, Cornmeal, Peanut, Oatmeal in a container.
  • Slow pour water in the container and mix the ingredients to make a liquid paste.
  • Pour the liquid paste into the boiling water.
  • Stir until evenly mixed. (Do not let the flour get lumpy)
  • Cover and cook on medium setting. To prevent the porridge from boiling over, lift the cover and allow steam to escape.
  • After 12 minutes turn the setting to low then add the Vanilla extract, Nutmeg and Milk.
  • Stir until evenly mixed. Cover and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Turn of the heat and allow the Porridge to slightly cool before serving.

Recipe for Oats Porridge

Ingredients

1 cup Quick Oats
2 cups Water
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon powder
1/4 cup Raisins (rinsed)
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg (freshly grated)
2 tablespoon Stevia/0-calorie Sweetener
1/4 cup Almond/Skimmed milk

Optional: extra Almond/Skimmed milk

Method

1. Bring 2 cups of Water to a boil in medium heat.
2. When the Water boils, add the Quick Oats.
3. Stir in the rinsed Raisins and reduce to low heat.
4. Cover the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture becomes very thick.
5. Remove from the heat and Stir in the freshly grated nutmeg, Cinnamon powder, Stevia/0-calorie Sweetener, and Almond/Skimmed Milk. Depending on your preference, you can add more Milk.

If you wish to add fruit on top such as fresh Strawberries, 1/2 a Nanana or Blueberries for added flavour or natural sweetness, feel free!

Enjoy hot!

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

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Work Out in Pink Tomorrow for Charity at Pool Aerobics with Kim!

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Join Pool Aerobics with Kim’s Charity event at Constant Spring Golf Club tomorrow morning at 8am! Class costs $1000JMD for non-members.

You can also make a donation or purchase a shirt for $3000JMD.

ALL Proceeds from the class goes towards Jamaica Cancer Society’s Reach for Recovery and 876 Crossfit’s annual event, Bars n Bells for Boobs.

Make a Splash for a Good Cause and wear PINK if you can!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Dream Bowls Ja at Ragamuffin Hostel every Wednesday to Saturday!

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Dream Bowls Ja are now at the Ragamuffin Hostel & Coffee Bar at 74 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston every Wednesday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.

You can also now choose the eco friendly option and enjoy your bowl in store.

Remember to limit or ensure the toppings and bowl content fit into your daily fruit servings (2-4), because you could easily go over, adding too much sugar to your daily diet.

[1 serving of Fruit is equivalent to One medium sized fruit (apple or orange), 1/2 cup of canned or chopped fruit, or 3/4 cup of fruit juice]

Note that Coconut shavings are high in Saturated fat and Granola is high in sugar.

Control and portions are key. With Dream Bowls, you are in charge. Get your Dream Bowl today!

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

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