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Jamaica Moves dinner -delicious and healthy

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 11:05 PM
A close-up of a very unique cassava cheecake.
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (right) with the evening's chef, Damion Stewart.
Pan-seared snapper fillet with a purée of dasheen and sweet potato; paired with wilted spinach, mushroom and tomato, finished with sorrel red wine glaze and a mango pumpkin coulis.
Creamy and flavourful, tomato janga bisque.
The evening's sweet treat – cassava cheesecake.

Jamaica Moves , the physical activity campaign officially launched last Friday by the Ministry of Health is one which will act as an active response to the dangerously high instances of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country.

Part of this campaign seeks to set up a 'lead by example' component and as such, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, and the Ministry of Health team have identified and selected persons to take part in a 'Get Moving Challenge'. This challenge will run for four weeks, and the aim is to track each challengers' progress on both traditional and new media. Each challenger was given a FitBit, which is a physical activity tracker designed to help one become more active, eat a more well-rounded diet and sleep better.

Last Thursday, Minister Tufton hosted a small, intimate dinner for the challengers and important stakeholders in the campaign. There, he not only wined and dined his guests, but spoke to the purpose of the challenge, and what was expected of each challenger. The first set of challengers are an even mixture of politicians, social media and traditional media personalities, members of corporate Jamaica, entertainers and the Health Minister himself.




He briefed them on the purpose of the challenge and just how important Jamaica Moves was, as a response to NCDs - as majority of the diseases affecting Jamaicans are as direct consequence of poor lifestyle and nutrition choices.

While they keenly listened to their gracious host, their palates were satisfied with delicious and healthy dishes prepared by Chef, Damion Stewart 'Unique Eats' catering service. Each course the guests received was no more than 450 calories.

The items were chosen to utilise and highlight our locally grown produce which are easily accessible in our market or supermarkets and most importantly inexpensive.

The dishes had a gourmet twist to highlight that healthy eating can be tasty, fun and nutritious. To start off, Chef Stewart served a creamy and flavourful, Tomato Janga Bisque. For the main course, guests enjoyed a pan-seared snapper fillet with a puree of dasheen and sweet potato; paired with wilted spinach, mushroom and tomato finished with sorrel red wine glaze and a mango pumpkin coulis. Then, despite the healthy nature of the dinner appeased the sweet treat of a truly 'unique' cassava cheesecake.

Here are the deliciously healthy highlights.