Eat Clean with Cedele and get back on track with your wellness goals post CNY
“You can’t outrun your fork” - this popular saying has proven to be overwhelmingly true by medical research. Diet is the key factor to long-term weight and health management, and what you put on your plate accounts for 80 per cent of your weight outcome.
Start achieving your wellness goals post Lunar New Year and get back on track with a healthier diet with Cedele. It just takes a small tweak - just one healthful meal a day - so it won't affect your active lifestyle. No counting calories or restrictive diets like going carb free, just a healthier diet filled with nutrient-dense ingredients, antioxidants, vitamins and fibre.
Combine this Eat Clean diet with exercise such as a long walk or yoga three to four times a week to feel better holistically. Afterall, exercise will still help with relieving stress, improving sleep quality and your mood, and decreasing your risk for cardiovascular disease over time.
Meatless Monday @ Cedele
Get $1 off every plant based sandwich and plant based salad bowl on Mondays in the month of March 2019.
The Cedele difference:
You’ll get the freshest and most nutritionally dense ingredients made delicious without nasties. Fresh ingredients pack greater nutritional value which is why Cedele's cooked ingredients which are also made from scratch daily. Salad leaves are triple washed and there are three zero fat dressings made in-house to choose from - roasted carrot ginger (vegan), cashew lime (vegan) and spicy aroy.
Clean eats tips:
Pack your plate with lots of plants and greens – the high water content and fibre will help to detox your gut and reboot your system after a deep cleanse. Add beans, whole grains such as quinoa and root vegetables like sweet potato to your meal. Food with a low glycaemic index will help you feel full for longer as they take a longer time to digest.
For carbs done well, there’s no better choice than Cedele’s signature “Clean Bakes” breads made using a 22-year-old in-house sourdough yeast and unbleached flour that is freshly milled every week. No additives, artificial flavouring, dough improvers, chemical additives, trans fats. Plus, look out for ingredients which are cooked healthier and cleaner. Poaching and roasting are healthier cooking methods which result in a lower fat content for meats.
Recommended Eat Clean salad suggestions from Cedele’s salad bar
1. The right base - Pick a salad base of romaine or spinach for greater dietary fibre, vitamins and antioxidants (spinach has extra iron).
2. Deep cleanse the digestive system - sweet potato, pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, organic red and brown rice all have a high fibre content that helps to cleanse your gut.
3. Detox heroes - special toppings like alfafa sprouts improve digestion and helps detoxify your gut while beetroot detoxifies your liver.
4. Protein power – top your salad with miso mirin salmon, sous vide egg, roast chicken, tofu and lemon tuna for more protein to repair muscles post workout.
Recommended Eat Clean sandwich suggestions from Cedele’s signature sandwiches
1. Whole food plant based sandwiches include the Avocado & Veggies Sandwich ($8.50) and Grilled Beetroot Patty & Avocado Sandwich ($8.50).
2. Rosemary Chicken Sandwich ($8.50) has tasty rosemary herb-flavoured chicken, a white meat that has lower fat and cholesterol.
3. Roasted Chicken & Avocado Sandwich ($9.50) has avocado which is super nutritious and full of good fat that your body needs.
Available at all Cedele Bakery Cafes (except Frankel, which does not have a salad bar).
OUR BAKERY KITCHEN MENU has served our regular community for over the past decade and we think it’s time for a change. The past 20 years of being well would not have been possible if we had not first focused on feeding you well. So with this new menu, we continue to strive to feed you better, focusing on providing wellness in our food one plate at a time.
Better Food Combinations
As our founder, Ms Cheng, plunged into the initial stages of revamping the menu, her extensive reading brought us to the research of William Howard Hay and the idea of Food Combining. More than just concerns about the matter of flavour pairings, the aim of Food Combining is to ensure healthy digestion – something that we, at Cedele, emphasize as well.
Simply put, foods digest at varying rates and require different digestive environments. A guiding principle of food combining is to avoid eating protein with starch, because:
Eating protein and starch together causes the body to release both acid and alkaline solutions, which neutralize each other and slows down digestion. This causes bloating, gas and discomfort.
Introducing Wellness First
With the Wellness First section in our new Bakery Kitchen menu, we have intentionally paired and combined foods that will make you feel good – foods that fuel you. So whether you have a busy day full of appointments, or you need a power lunch that will keep you alert, you can feed your body well and feel energised rather than sluggish thereafter.
To highlight the essential building blocks of any meal, our Wellness First section is divided by the sources of protein in each dish: plant, seafood and egg & meat.
Instead of creating a menu that responds to current eating trends, we’ve challenged ourselves to look closely at how our food can heal and be an important aspect of healthy living. So after weeks of recipe testing and staff training, we are proud to present our new menu for our Bakery Kitchens, which strives to put your wellness first. Here are some dishes you can look forward to in each category:
Plant: Portobello Garlic Super Grains
Grilled Portobello and pumpkin sit atop a mix of super grains – red & brown rice, which will help keep you full for longer. This dish is also includes antioxidant-rich gingko nuts and sprouts, which are full of good vitamins and enzymes that aid healthy digestion.
Seafood: Grilled Sea Bass on Curried Vegetables
Enjoy our grilled sea bass, which is low in calories and a great source of protein – served on a bed of hearty, aromatic yoghurt curry vegetables, with fiber-rich garbanzo beans.
Egg & Meat: Garlic Grilled Chicken
Garlic lovers, this one’s for you! We serve grilled chicken thigh topped with crispy garlic bits with a side of warm miso chickpea salad, rocket leaves and millet. Although millet isn't familiar to many, we chose this grain because it is easily digestible and a great source of minerals and fiber.
Excited to try our new menu? Visit our Bakery Kitchen outlets at Greenwich V, Parkway Parade, Hill V2, The Star Vista today. The new menu will also be available at of Raffles City level 3 outlet by the end of this month.
IF YOU FREQUENT our Greenwich V or Parkway Parade outlets, you probably will notice some changes to our menu. We're in the midst of launching a revamped menu for our Bakery Kitchen outlets, challenging ourselves to craft mindful dishes that will please your taste buds and encourage healthier digestion to keep you satisfied and light. As we transform our menus to bring these new dishes to all our Bakery Kitchen outlets, here are some highlights you can look forward to on the menu.
Tofu Furikake Salad
Our menu revamp has got us experimenting with ingredients that are found closer to home. Commonly used in Chinese cooking, wood ear fungus is a source of iron and protein and is high in fibre. We’ve added this local ingredient into our Japanese-inspired Tofu Furikake salad. Along with gingko nuts and activated seeds, it brings an added crunch and essential vitamins to fuel your day.
Prawn & Avocado Coriander Egg Wrap
The time has come to give our gourmet thins a much needed upgrade, and thanks to our Head Chef, Connie, we now offer our egg wraps to bring you heartier selections. Our Prawn & Avocado Coriander egg wrap will make for a great brunch option - wrapped within an egg omelette on a crisp wheat wrap, we roll these ingredients together with gluten-free millet, melted mozzarella and our house-made coriander pesto to keep every bite moreish and satisfying.
Empress Chicken Pasta
Our new Asian-inspired pasta is the perfect umami dish. With a crisp grilled chicken thigh atop pasta with gingko nuts, shimeji mushrooms and sweet peas, we bring the dish together with our own oriental sesame oil aglio olio.
Kerabu Brown Rice with Grilled Guava
Another local ingredient we've added to our menu is guava, a fruit that is low in sugar and packed with vitamin C. We serve it grilled with a touch of butter and cinnamon in our Kerabu Brown Rice. The dish is inspired by Nasi Kerabu, a traditional Malaysian dish which is perfumed with native herbs and spices - curry leaf, lemongrass, and turmeric, then top it off with crispy tempeh and sprouts.
Wonder what's going through our minds as we revise our menu? Go behind the scenes with us and find out more about our new menu in our next blog post.
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING tasty and light to counter the lunchtime heat? Head over to our Bakery Cafes for some simple sandwiches and fresh salads. Here are some of our favourites.
We're all about serving you the freshest sandwiches. Our tasty fillings are paired with your choice of our freshly baked breads from our bakery, and all our sandwiches are made to order in-store.
Try our classic Rosemary Chicken sandwich (pictured above), with flavours inspired by Thanksgiving. It's been on our menu since we opened in the CBD in 1999. Other tasty fillings include Smoked Salmon with our homemade dill & yoghurt dressing or our popular Beef Mushroom Cheese Burger, made with a homemade 100% lean beef patty, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.
Going meat-free doesn't mean you have to compromise on flavour. Our hefty Beetroot Avocado Burger (pictured above) holds a tasty homemade grilled beetroot patty with chilli jam, avocado, mayo and greens. If you love mushrooms, pick our Mushroom Overload Burger, it is packed to the brim with a grilled 3-mushroom patty, more sauteed mushrooms, greens and Bavarian wholegrain mustard.
If you're looking for something much lighter, grab our sandwich thins, like our Basil Pesto Chicken with brie and a vegetarian-friendly Veggie Shrooms with peperonata, mushrooms and mozzarella. We offer a range of sandwich thins with exciting flavour combinations!
Want something fresh and easy? You can also choose to Design-Your-Own salad. Pick from our salad bar which is loaded with crisp greens and flavourful deli or protein options. Our deli choices also include our daily rotating warm salad options such as our Red Jewel Chicken Rice salad and our Bulgur Quinoa Tofu salad.
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As our birthday month comes to an end, we're offering in-store deals at our Bakery Cafe outlets as a last hurrah for our 20th anniversary celebrations! Enjoy 1 free add-on with every design-your-own salad purchase or grab 2 sandwiches for $20. See our poster above for more terms and conditions.
OUR NEWEST MEMBER to the Cedele family is Greater Lot, located at Quayside Isle on the resort-island of Sentosa. Catering to the conscious modern lifestyle, Greater Lot is a collective foods store with a bakery, retail store and dining that supports your eating choices.Harissa Sea Bass pasta
Fresh & Easy, Food for All
We are committed to serving natural and wholesome foods, together with spread of familiar Cedele bakes and additive-free beverages to fuel you with the finest we can get our hands on.[L to R: Beetroot Hummus Toast, Nasi Ulam with Grilled Sea Bass]
Highlights on our superfoods menu include of Nasi Ulam with grilled sea bass. It's our take on a traditional dish laboriously prepared in many homes in Malaysia. We've generously perfumed ours with herbs - laksa leaf, curry leaf, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves - and topped it with crispy tempeh, toasted coconut flakes and a coconut palm dressing.Super Good smoothie bowl
Don't worry if you're not an early riser, our all day breakfast menu, Good Beginnings, is to ensure that you start your day right. Opt for our eye-catching Beetroot Hummus toast, served with avocado, feta, pistachio dukkah and a poached egg. If you want something more refreshing, pick up a Super Good smoothie bowl filled with acai and seasonal berries, yoghurt, raw honey and topped with superfood granola, seasonal fresh fruit, toasted nuts and shredded coconut.
With Greater Lot, we strive to create tasty dishes that are friendly for a variety of diets and allergies. Drop by and say hi to our assistant store manager, Jerry (pictured above), who will be more than happy to give you some recommendations.
IN OUR PREVIOUS POSTS, we've talked about what inspired Toss & Turn and Workspace Espresso Bar. CHIAK, on the other hand, is essentially a return to our roots. 'Chiak' is the dialect equivalent in Hokkien for 'Eat'. Conceived as a homage to local homestyle flavours, we connect tradition with modern twists to our dishes so that we can keep ideas fresh whilst serving real food that comforts you like home.
At Chiak, we embrace and challenge all things traditional - especially our coffee. Sourcing from Bali, Indonesia, we've crafted a divine blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. While most local kopi is roasted with sugar and margarine, we take it up a notch and roast them with pure butter to bring out the rich caramel flavours and full-bodied taste - all without trans fat.
Don't you love kaya toast with your piping hot kopi in the morning? We've taken these local favourites and designed our Chiak Toast set. Try our Pandan Kaya & Butter toast, or be adventurous with the Black Sesame butter & Vanilla Custard toast.
If that doesn't fill you up for breakfast, nourish your body with our comforting, creamy pumpkin porridge. Ours is served with pulled chicken or stewed peanuts, top with antioxidant-rich goji berries, scallions and garlic oil.
Start your Chiak bowl with a choice of noodles, rice or salad. Build it up with comforting Asian proteins - think juicy melt-in-your-mouth belly pork char siew, addictive spicy basil chicken and tasty red miso salmon. Balance it with your choice of vegetarian sides. Highlights include Wakame fungus salad, mango mixed salad and sous vide eggs. Bring it to life with crunchy toppings and homemade dressing or slow-cooked soothing chicken or miso broths. Get creative, do it your way.
We've taken liberties with our sandwiches, combining Western baking techniques with a favourite Asian food. Our fluffy butter brioche sandwiches are shaped like a mantou and bursting with our signature flavours. Choose between the succulent baked pork belly, custardy prawn otah or sesame pulled chicken.
Visit us and you'll most likely find Ah Bee (pictured above) serving you behind the counter. Chiak is located at Mapletree Business City. Drop by for a comforting bowl of noodles and some really good kopi.
CONCEIVED AS A REFUGE from the daily grind, we set up Workspace Espresso Bar to offer business professionals a respite from their busy day, with a cup of specialty coffee and a hearty warm meal. Spot our quick-service salad bar at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, stocked with a tantalizing variety of side dishes, peppered with Middle Eastern and Asian flavours.
Build your own grain bowl or warm salad with crisp greens, whole grains (think goji brown rice and quinoa & dhal). Top it with flavourful proteins, like grilled flank steak and red miso salmon, and tasty sides like a runny egg dukkah or a Wakame wood-ear salad.
Coffee & Sweets
Grab a breakfast cup of yoghurt or overnight oats with a handcrafted cup of joe, where we've worked closely with local roaster, Two Degrees North Coffee to design a blend for a creamy mouthfeel, stone fruit sweetness and a dark chocolatey finish.
Taste our own cold brew that we prepare in small batches daily. It is slow-dripped for hours to extract a smooth, aromatic brew, with notes of dried plum, caramel and chocolate. Available in black and white (with added milk) versions, our cold brew is bottled to preserve freshness and for the ease of takeaway.
If you fancy something sweet for your tea break, we have a delicious variety of artisanal bakes available. We've take care to be mindful of alternative diets, making sure to offer gluten-free and low fat pastries as well. Highlights include our vegan friendly coconut chia seed pudding, a pistachio apricot slice and pandan ogura cake.
Come say hi
Come by for a cup of coffee or a satisfying lunch and you'll most likely meet JJ and Alicia (pictured above). They'll probably be helping you build your grain bowl or making your much-needed cup of coffee, but we're pretty sure they won't mind having a chat. Visit us today at Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 3.
INSPIRED BY our love for salads, we opened our own salad bar concept, Toss & Turn in 2012. Our intention was to offer healthy, customizable salads for everyone.
Get creative in-store at our Design Your Own salad station filled with tasty hot/cold proteins, deli choices and healthy grains such as brown rice, quinoa and even soba. Top it all off with our salad dressings of your choice, with flavours such as plum sesame, raspberry & balasamic and yuzu wholegrain mustard. Every dressing is made in house with ingredients great for you: olive oil, fruit juices, vinegar, and honey.
If you fancy something sweet, we've got our refreshing smoothie bowls! Choose from our six flavours, all topped with fresh fruit and crunchy nuts and seeds. Our personal favourites include our Supercharged Acai bowl topped with granola and goji berries and our Berry Delicious bowl filled with antioxidant-rich blueberries. Our smoothie bowls are available exclusively at Toss & Turn Ion Orchard outlet.
[Drop by our store at Ion Orchard and you'll be served by store manager, Henney (second from left) and her team]
Our stores are conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, VivoCity and Ion Orchard. Visit us for your gourmet greens today!
THIS FATHER'S DAY, we're celebrating dads - not just the ones who bring home the bacon, but the ones who'd flip it and make the family breakfast. We celebrate dads who cook up storms in kitchens and are proud to feed their families oh so well.
Known to most given their celebrity status as famous chefs on TV, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver are fine examples of fathers who never fail to show their love in the kitchen with their Brady bunches.
While Ramsay is known for his fiery temper on his reality TV shows, a peek into his family life reveals a softer side to the chef. The father of four teenagers playfully embarrasses his kids in 'Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch', a TV show hosted by Ramsay's youngest, 16-year-old Matilda. See his fatherly side as he whips up moreish easy-to-cook meals with his kids in 'Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking'.
On the other hand, Jamie Oliver is known for his well-intentioned "Food Revolution", with a mission to give every child the food they deserve. Likewise, he is generous with his 5 kids, often including them in his shows and letting them help with the cooking.
Moving closer to home, dads who take on the role as the cook at home are often seen as inspirational role models, feeding their families to the envy of many.
Local Mediacorp actor Ben Yeo actively shares about the meals he prepares for his sons. Having published a cookbook, the SHATEC (Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre) graduate takes the lead as a young father, taking the initiative to share his love for food with his two sons while running his food enterprises.
In spite of his busy schedule as a Mediacorp artiste, Yeo still finds the time to cook with his elder son, Javier. He believes this helps "build a bond between parent and child" and we couldn't agree more. If you're hoping to start cooking for the young ones at your home, check out Yeo's debut cookbook, 'Cooking For Kids' for a tip or two.
Cedele celebrates dads
Whether your dad is a Masterchef or a weekend home cook, give him a well-deserved break and treat him to a wholesome feast at Cedele. We've got a special cake that will add a sweet touch to your celebration this Father's Day. Our Espresso Hazelnut Praline cake is dark and rich, with a strong coffee cake base, topped with crunchy hazelnut praline and chocolate shards; pretty much how our fathers are like, robust but a sweetheart in unexpected ways.
Check out Cedele Market online to pre-order this cake and collect with ease from any of our outlets.
Here's to the world's greatest dads out there.
DESPITE BEING USED in cooking for hundreds of years, researchers are still surprised by turmeric. With its wide-ranging health benefits, some call it "the most powerful herb on the planet". Over six thousand peer-reviewed articles have been published on its healing properties. And it was even pinpointed by Google's Food Trends reports as a "breakout star" ingredient last year. Over the last five years, Google searches for turmeric have grown 300%. Why is there so much hype surrounding this spice? We did some research to find out.
What is turmeric?
We probably know it as one of the spices in curry, but more specifically, turmeric is a rhizome of the ginger family. Have you tasted it? The bright orange powder is slightly peppery in flavour. Unfortunately, it also stains everything - home cooks you'd know this - from your hands, down to the table and dinnerware. But don't worry, Food52 has a helpful guide on how to get rid of these tough stains.
What are the health benefits?
When discussing its health benefits, you'll hear about curcumin. This bright yellow compound is the reason why turmeric is commonly used as a natural dye. But more than that, according to Diane Morgan in Roots, scientists study curcumin for its anti-inflammatory, anticancer potential. Turmeric is also known to better regulate blood sugar levels and treat depression. Evidence suggests that it also wards off dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
But is all the attention really warranted? A new review published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry suggests otherwise. But rather than changing our minds completely, this article has us rethinking about the hype surrounding the spice. Besides, there's no harm having it in moderation, isn't it?
Tips for consumption
A short note on dosage:
As previously mentioned, the main benefits of turmeric come from its curcuminoids. However, curcuminoids only comprise a tiny part of the rhizome. According to Parsley Health founder, Robin Berzin, MD, about 500 to 1,000 milligrams of curcuminoids per day will help you feel its anti-inflammatory effects. A common rule of thumb is that there are 200 milligrams of curcumin in one teaspoon of fresh or ground turmeric.
Power pairing: black pepper
Despite its healing properties, curcumin is poorly absorbed on its own. You could be taking the recommended dosage, but it might not be making its way into your gut. And you're not getting the whole scale of benefits. However, if you look closely at the ingredients in turmeric or curcumin capsules, you'll notice that they always include a spice found in your kitchen: black pepper. Consuming both spices together is found to increase your body's ability to absorb the inflammation-fighting spice. So if you're cooking with turmeric, remember to add some black pepper to your recipe!
Besides curries, there are so many ways to incorporate the spice into your diet. Cook up some turmeric broth soup, which can be used as a base to add greens, noodles, or even leftover chicken. Drink your fill in an Ayurvedic detox tea or a milkshake. Or use it in your cooking oil!
At Cedele, we're celebrating the inflammation-fighting effects of the spice in our Turmeric Honey latte. At the same time, we're introducing our Matcha latte, available hot or iced. Swap your afternoon coffee/tea for a much-needed spicy kick. Try both drinks at our all-day dining outlets today!