Sat | Apr 29, 2017

Ready up … protect your health

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Roast Yam on display at an Independence Day Culinary Competition at Beaches Negril.
Replace meat protein with beans, peas and legumes.
Do more grilling instead of frying.
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On Saturday the curtains came down on the highly anticipated annual NCB Insurance ProCare Men's Health Week. The week ended with hundreds of men, women and children, participating in a fun-filled Family Day Festival that featured rich information, healthy diet options and free check-ups for the entire family at Devon House.

The three-day initiative themed: 'Ready Up ... Protect Your Health'- though focused on men, culminated in an exciting event that the entire family could enjoy free of cost. It was born out of a need to disrupt a worrying trend of rejection of formal health intervention by men and the final day did just that.

Amid the fun, games and education was delectable food and training by Jason Delvaille Gastronomie. The aroma from Delvaille's live-cooking segment drew attendees like the Pied Piper. From there the team whipped up veggie burgers, tuna and turkey wraps, baked wedges, veggie sub sandwiches, grilled chicken and fish; curried chicken pita with avocado; garden pasta salad using whole wheat pasta; chicken and brown rice stir-fry; plus lentil soup with garden vegetables.

The throngs gathering after the show to sample the various offerings and thoroughly enjoyed the healthy meal options. "We received great reviews from all who tasted the food. Persons are realising that healthy can be delicious, and it doesn't have to be too expensive either," Delvaille explained.

While they learnt, attendees also visited the numerous tents lining the front lawns, taking advantage of free health checks offered by The Jamaica Diabetes Association, Heart Foundation of Jamaica, and Jamaica Cancer Society.

Jason Delvaille Gastronomie tips for healthy cooking:

- Reduce salt and oil

- Replace salt with more natural seasonings

- Grill meats instead of frying

- Choose lean meats and fish

- Replace meat proteins with beans, peas and legumes

- Try not to add unnecessary sugar and starches to sauces

- Limit the additional starches added to a meal

- Where possible switch to whole grain products and complex carbohydrates such as ground provisions.