The Health­ier Move­ment

Healthy is the way to go. Tons of thanks to Pamela Lim of Ev­ery­day Mom and An­gelo Songco of Su­gar­leaf for be­ing staunch ad­vo­cates of healthy eat­ing and healthy desserts!

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SU­GAR­LEAF OR­GANIC MAR­KET and Café, a place that of­fers healthy and de­li­cious food cel­e­brates its third year in Fe­bru­ary 2014. It also has a mini-mart where people can pur­chase af­ford­able, or­ganic pro­duce and meats. To boot, Su­gar­leaf car­ries a wide va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral sweet­en­ers which are used for their ar­ray of healthy, di­a­betic-friendly desserts.

EV­ERY­DAY MOM CUP­CAKE SHOP opened last April 2012, with an un­ex­pect­edly good pub­lic re­cep­tion. Owner Pamela Lim shares, “I had moth­ers telling me that their kids are al­ler­gic to food color or but­ter. The fo­cus on healthy bak­ing came when I be­came a mother and pre­pared food for my kids. Ev­ery­day Mom, the name, started out as my blog site about par­ent­ing and food.”

STORE HIGH­LIGHTS

SONGCO: People can ex­pect Su­gar­leaf to pro­vide a wide ar­ray of or­ganic, nat­u­ral, and af­ford­ably priced prod­ucts, mostly sourced out lo­cally with a sprin­kling of im­ported items to bal­ance it out. We make our own ke­fir us­ing raw milk. We show­case pro­bi­otics in our health yummy menu—specif­i­cally our wraps and smooth­ies and ice cream. Su­per­foods such as acai, chia, ke­fir, malung­gay, spir­ulina are also used to power up our menu items.

Lim: All our prod­ucts are but­ter-free and baked in stain­less steel pans. We have been us­ing heart-healthy rice bran oil, which is a kind of non-hy­dro­genated oil. We don't use ar­ti­fi­cial col­ors or fla­vors and only use un­bleached flour, sea salt and alu­minum-free leav­en­ers.

AD­VO­CACY FOR ALL THINGS HEALTHY

Songco: Rman Lorenzo is on top of busi­ness ex­pan­sion and IT and re­source per­son for juic­ing and smooth­ies. His wife Jeren is a food tech­nol­o­gist and en­zyme ther­a­pist who con­cocts our best-sell­ing ke­fir prepa­ra­tions. I’m in-charge of mar­ket­ing, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and pub­lic re­la­tions and very ap­pre­cia­tive of our friends in the me­dia in spread­ing Su­gar­leaf's mis­sion of mak­ing the Philip­pines health­ier one per­son at a time. Linda Nar­ciso Songco, my mom is our pres­i­dent. She shares her wis­dom in our op­er­a­tions and phi­los­o­phy.

Lim: I have been bak­ing since I was a kid but I learned Pro­fes­sional Bak­ing at the Cen­ter for Culi­nary Arts Manila. How­ever, the fo­cus on healthy al­ter­na­tives came when I be­came a mother. I learned that if you want some­thing healthy and good, I had to make them my­self. I read about good fats and bad fats, and the dan­gers of alu­minum bake ware and ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents. I started mak­ing recipes health­ier that be­came tastier too. I have made a mu­ral in my shop about Ev­ery­day Mom's com­mit­ment to bak­ing us­ing nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents and stain­less steel bake ware.

HEALTHY TREATS

Songco: The fruit and nut cook­ies have an in­ter­est­ing story. It is a mod­i­fied recipe I've been us­ing since I was a kid. How­ever to make it health­ier, I've re­placed most of the in­gre­di­ents with more whole­some things—ve­gan but­ter, raw nuts and dried fruit, co­conut su­gar. We source out in­gre­di­ents from rep­utable sup­pli­ers who share in our mis­sion in pro­vid­ing health­ier prod­ucts. It shouldn't be rocket sci­ence to make or bake healthy foods and desserts. It's all a mat­ter of us­ing bet­ter in­gre­di­ents. Re­fined white su­gar has been re­placed with low-glycemic co­conut su­gar which is high in nu­tri­ents.

Lim: My Café Mocha cake was in­spired by my fa­vorite cof­fee drink. I wanted some­thing choco­late that's moist and not heavy, with a hint of cof­fee and a de­lec­ta­ble frost­ing that is not su­per sug­ary. Our cake sizes are dic­tated by the avail­abil­ity of stain­less steel pans that we can source. I get all my in­gre­di­ents and tools abroad, but I source some of my nuts and coco su­gar lo­cally. Mean­while, we only use fresh ba­nanas and car­rots for our Banana Bread and Car­rot Cakes, re­spec­tively. Since we don't use any­thing ar­ti­fi­cial, we use Coco Su­gar.

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR 2014

Songco: More health-yummy foods and desserts from Su­gar­leaf Or­ganic Mar­ket and Cafe! In 2014, we will be con­tin­u­ing with work­shops and sem­i­nars about healthy and or­ganic life­style, and how to in­te­grate this in our daily lives.

Lim: We are ex­cited to present more healthy prod­ucts, us­ing more Coco Su­gar in our prod­ucts and a won­der­ful sur­prise dairy-free treat that is to­tally veg­e­tar­ian.

Su­gar­leaf Or­ganic Mar­ket and Cafe

G/F Health Cube Bldg. 226 Wil­son St., West Green­hills, San Juan, Metro Manila Tel. (02) 661 -639, (0917) 803-9055 Web: www.sug­ar­leafph.com G/-2/F MEDICard Life­style Ctr. 51 Paseo de Roxas cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Ur­daneta Vill., Makati City

Tel: (02) 812-7323 Ev­ery­day Mom Scout Tua­son cor. Ale­jan­dro Ro­ces Ave., Que­zon City Tel. (02) 710-1254 , (0922) 421-0466 for or­ders and in­quiries

Se­lect cakes, cup­cakes, cook­ies, bars, and breads from Su­gar­leaf and Ev­ery­day Mom, all made with or­ganic and nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents.

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