First Try Friday: PandaVita Organic Baobab Powder


Happy Friday!

Today I have something completely new to share with you. This is a first for My Jamaican Vignettes. Today I am testing out a new product, my first time trying out the PandaVita Organic Baobab Powder. 

I connected with Kieran, the Director of PandaVita, via the Bloggers Required network. And Kieran was kind enough to send me the product to try and review.


So what exactly is baobab powder? 

The powder is derived from a the pod or fruit of the baobab tree. The baobab tree is also known by various names including the ‘cream of tartar’ and the ‘monkey bread tree’. According to PandaVita, the baobab powder provides up to six times more vitamin C than oranges, more antioxidants than blueberries, more potassium than that in bananas and twice the amount of calcium that is found in a glass of milk.

So I wanted why did I want to try this “superfood”?  Well I really do not eat what I should. I avoid ripe bananas (yuck I really hate the smell and texture). I have terrible eating habits. This is something I am slowly trying to resolve. I have high hopes that in 2017 I will be able to shift into eating a more healthier balanced diet. Including this powdered supplement in my drink and food is one small step towards a healthier, more nutrient rich diet.

According to the PandaVita website and the baobab powder package instructions, two teaspoons of the powder can be added to food, water, drinks etc for that added boost of nutrients, fibre and energy. The PandaVita website has an amazing range of delicious recipes and recommended uses for the baobab powder.

I decided to use the baobab powder in my own special blend. I call it the Paradise Bliss Smoothie.


Paradise Bliss Smoothie

At first try, or at first taste rather, the powder was slightly bitter. And I was concerned about how much the powder’s flavour would affect my drink, but I pressed on.


Before my first try, first taste test.

My Paradise Bliss smoothie is quite simple to make and it taste great. I used 1% milk as my base and I added pineapples, mango flavoured yogurt, and double strawberry ice cream and I added two teaspoons of the boabab powder with ice and blended. I also added cinnamon and vanilla was extra spice and a little salt for taste.


Main ingredients

My drink was made in a few seconds with my trusty blender and I was quite pleased. The tangy taste of the powder did not interfere with the fruits and creaminess of the smoothie. The packet of Panda Vita boabab powder that I received was 25 grams (a sample pack) and I do have quite a bit left over to experiment with. I will be using in my breakfast oats and porridge over the next few weeks.

I made a quick recipe card so that I also replicate my smoothie results in the future. Feel free to try it.


PandaVita offers worldwide shipping, you can check out their store and the different sizes and costs and shipping. Also visit PandaVita on Facebook, and IG to see their latest promotions. The company also has a cool rewards and customer loyalty system that offers pretty neat discounts and freebies.


I have some other news to share. My Jamaican Vignettes and I are going on Christmas break. Yay. I need a break. I am looking forward to visiting with my family and friends. So, I decided to take a break from blogging.

This first first try Friday is my last post for 2016.

While I am away from the blog, I will continue to share on social, we can connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Have a fantastic holiday. Blessings of light, warmth, joy, love and contentment to everyone. Thanks so much for your support.

See you in 2017.



Witness (Flash Fiction Story) by Chantel DaCosta



Witness by Chantel DaCosta

16.9.16 @7:41 am

“He smelled her.” Devon said, his voice laced with shock, disgust and wonderment.

“What?” I hadn’t been paying attention, not to anything outside of us.

“Look. Him, guy in the vest, he leaned forward and smelled that girl.” Devon pointed.

I looked. A man in green shirt with a yellow-orange work vest stood close to a petite girl/woman in dark skin tight denims and a floral purple and yellow top. I watched. The Friday morning traffic was at a standstill and I knew I would be late for work. Again. This would be the fourth day in a row of being late for work. I’d made it in just at the stroke of 8 on Monday morning and then the rest of the week had been shit.

“Oh my god. He is smelling her.”

I was still in state of disbelief. So I conjured up my own rational explanation.

“Well maybe they are friends. They must know each other. Right? I mean look at them, they are standing a part from everyone else at the bus stop. I think they are friends.”

Devon conceded. “Yes you are probably right.”

But as we sat there, waiting in traffic and as Devon moved on chattering about Christmas vacation, planning a holiday dinner for friends at our house and which of our families to visit first, I watched the pair. They stood apart from the cluster of people waiting for the bus. And as we eased down a metre or two then a little further down the line, I saw neither movement nor acknowledgement of the man’s presence from the girl. But the man, he kept watch of her. His eyes never left her back. They did not talk to each other, their bodies were angled away. A lovers’ spat, still close but separate.

Eventually we moved along. Traffic slothed along and I was late.

22.9.16 @1:17 pm

 I swallowed the last bite of curried chicken, wiping my mouth with a crumpled bit of paper towel, I sensed movement close to me but I kept my eyes down. I tossed the napkin in the box. As I closed the lid on another unsatisfactory lunch, the guy from accounting, I think he was the administrative assistant slid into the seat next to me.

I wasn’t in the mood for chatting. And I was positive that my teeth were yellowed by the curry and that bits of chicken, carrots and green from the mush of steamed vegetables must be stuck in my teeth. Please don’t talk to me.

“Did you hear about the missing girl?” he announced himself.


“Yeah. Look. She was last seen on Friday. Never made it to work. Lives up close to your side just off at the bottom of the hills.”

I took the phone he offered and read the description of the missing woman, she was reported missing by her sister with whom she lived and her employers on Monday. I skimmed the rest and towards the end of the article that’s when I saw her picture. Pulled from an IG profile. It was her, the girl, a selfie, she was in clad in the same clothes from Friday, smiling, #OFTD #HappyFriday, #TGIF. The second picture, was a professional picture, a graduation portrait, her face retouched smooth and clear and lineless, her teeth big, bright white.

A shiver went through my body.

22.9.16 @7:41 pm

“Dev, do you remember that girl that that guy in the work vest was sniffing?”

“No.” He answered in that absentminded far off way, his eyes trained on the laptop, he was working again. Coding.

I sat down and waited for his attention. Then I explained, reminded him, thrusted my phone in his hand to share the news article proof.

“What if it was him, the creepy guy that was smelling her. We should call in and make a report.”

“Whoa, slow down. Hold up. We didn’t see anything worth reporting. Its not the same girl.”

“Yes it is. I saw her, look at the pictures. It is her.”

“No. The girl I saw at the bus stop was darker and she was wearing a pink top.”

I hissed. Devon didn’t even know colours.

At 8pm, I clicked on to the news. We didn’t really watch the nightly news but I wanted to know. They may have made a break in case, or had some updates and perhaps the visual aid on TV would proof to Dev that I was right.

She was the first in the headline briefing as the newscaster announced: “Body of missing Bayside Terrace woman found partially nude in Andrew’s Pen gully.”



Where I Find Inspirations: Friday Favs Three Websites That I Love


It is Friday! Yay! I am looking forward to rest and sleep this weekend. That is all I want, to sleep in tomorrow.I do want to check out the Jamaican Christmas local market place on Sunday but I am fully committed to leaving my home. I deserve sleep this weekend.

Today,  I want to share my favourite websites that uplift me throughout the week. For each of the websites, I am a subscriber and I get daily articles from these websites that I have grown to rely on. Just one quick note before I list them, I was going to share in alphabetical order, however, I am going to share in order of how long long I have been subscribed, starting with the one I have been reading for the longest.


I found out about mindbodygreen last year. I believe in was November 2015 and it was from Twitter. One of my former co-workers, (hi Marsha-Gay), tweeted one of their articles and I started reading the articles. And I subscribed in late December and did their 2016 New Year’s Challenge and I have loved their website since. I get daily emails from them. mbg publishes articles that cover health and wellness,  relationships, nutrition. All the good stuff. Their tagline is that they want to inspire you to live your best life. This week from their daily  email newsletters, I really enjoyed, 15 Easy Ways To Get More Joy Out Of Every Day

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