Prevention is better than the cure…

ON THE 1ST OCTOBER WE WERE THRILLED TO LAUNCH OUR NEW AUTUMN/WINTER MENU. FOR US, GOOD FOOD AND NUTRITION IS ALWAYS IN STYLE AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO TRY OUT SOME OF OUR NEW DISHES AND FLAVOURS AS THE SEASON CONTINUES. 

IF YOU HADN’T ALREADY NOTED FROM OUR INSTAGRAM FEED OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, THERE HAS BEEN AN ABUNDANCE OF ‘PINK’! NOT LEAST BECAUSE WE’VE INTRODUCED THE AMAZING PITAYA (DRAGON FRUIT) TO SOME OF OUR DISHES BUT BECAUSE OUR THEME FOR OCTOBER WAS ‘PREVENT’, AS WE FOCUS ON THE WAYS IN WHICH GOOD FOOD CAN HELP TO STAVE OFF ILLNESS AND DISEASE. 

WE HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING THE CHARITY PREVENT BREAST CANCER THROUGHOUT THE PAST MONTH AND WE HOSTED A WONDERFUL FUNDRAISING EVENT – THE PREVENT SUPPER CLUB – WITH THEM TO KICK OFF PAINT HALE PINK WEEK. WE WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CAME AND SUPPORTED IT – WE RAISED A WHOPPING £3200!

Our purpose has always been to bring you the healthiest, most nutritious food available with each season. We source our produce organically where possible and work closely with local suppliers to help champion sustainability and reduce the impact we have on our environment. Our recipes may change slightly depending on what is available from the farms at each time of year but we always have your health and wellbeing at the forefront of our mind when creating our dishes.

Many of you will know that we’re more than just a day-time café. We’re also a holistic wellbeing hub and we’re fortunate to be able to work with some brilliant experts in a number of areas of wellness. Suzy Glaskie is a Certified Health Coach in Functional Medicine and founder of Peppermint Wellness. We asked Suzy to share her thoughts on autumn and why it’s such a special time of year in the food calendar.

Suzy Glaskie – Peppermint Wellness

As the traditional harvest time, Autumn provides a wealth of gorgeous foods to keep us not only well but satisfied at this time of year. Autumn was our opportunity, throughout history, to fatten ourselves up before the cold winter, when food was scarce.  Now we’re in a time of seasonal transition, it’s natural that our tastes change too away from the cooler, fresher salads of summer to more warming, earthy foods.

I love the gorgeous, rich colours of pumpkin and other types of squash – and they’re so full of health-boosting nutrients, like Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. This is an antioxidant that’s essential for healthy vision, and it also helps boost the immune system. In addition, pumpkins contain lots of that all-important fibre, which helps maintain our intestinal health. Don’t forget the seeds – they’re high in fibre and good fats.  Try roasting them in salt and olive oil for a tasty snack that’s a whole lot better for you than crisps!

If you’re craving something sweet, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin C and beta-carotene. I like to toss them in olive oil and some cinnamon (which brings out their natural sweetness), paprika and turmeric before roasting them.  Or opt for sweet-tasting parsnips:  a good source of fibre, vitamin C, calcium and iron.  Don’t save them for Christmas lunch – try them roasted in olive oil, honey and thyme.

As we move past the salad leaves which are so abundant in summer, kale really comes into its own. It’s choc full of vitamins A, C, E and K, plus lutein – an antioxidant that promotes good eye and skin health. For something a bit different, why not have a go at making a punchy kale pesto?

Wishing you all a wonderful autumn x

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