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Shoreham cafe wins latest Eat Well award for their super healthy dishes

Released: Wednesday, 03 January 2018

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The cafe at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham has won a gold award for producing healthy, tasty food produced locally.

The Ropetackle Cafe has been given a five-star hygiene rating and full marks for offering healthy menu choices which are lower in sugar, salt and fat after an inspection by Adur District Council's food hygiene inspectors.

And now the cafe has become the latest eatery to join Adur & Worthing Councils' healthy eating project called Eat Well.

Under the scheme restaurants awarded top marks by our inspectors donate a tasty recipe to local residents as part of a campaign to encourage healthy eating. Alongside the recipe a nutritional therapist explains the benefits of some of the ingredients.

Environmental Health Practitioner Wendy Anderson, project lead for Eat Well, said:

“It takes lots of effort and commitment to win and maintain this award, we don't give them out easily. Veronica and her team do a great job serving fresh, healthy dishes at the Ropetackle Cafe.”

“Eat Well is not about fad diets but nurturing good food habits for life. We want to inspire people to try new foods and to learn more about their nutritional benefits.”

Ropetackle Cafe have donated the first Eat Well recipe for 2018 and it's perfect for those taking part in Veganuary as it contains no meat or dairy products. Cafe Manager Veronica Thomason said:

“We open our doors to people of all dietary requirements and so we make a vegan soup every day, that way no one leaves disappointed. This Butternut Squash soup is one of our bestsellers because everyone can eat it and it's about as good for you as you can get.”

Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Dave Simmons, said:

“The New year is a great time to look at the way we eat and to make some changes that will benefit our health for years to come. Congratulations to Ropetackle Cafe for providing tasty, healthy options that make good food choices easier.”

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Ropetackle Cafe's - Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Potato & Sweetcorn

One of our Eat Well award winning cafes has given us a great recipe for butternut squash soup. Try it out on a cold winter's day, perfect for warming up the whole family and giving you a boost:

Ingredients:

Method:

Photo: Butternut Squash soup

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Nutritional Benefits

Emma Walder - Nutritional therapist

Butternut squash are a member of the 'squash family' which includes include pumpkins, marrow and courgettes. They store so well that they're available almost all year-round. Squashes are a good source of soluble fibre (needed for gut health), some vitamins and minerals such as selenium (a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system).

Sweet potato. Its colour tells you how wonderful it is. It also contains B vitamins, vitamin C and soluble fibre. Best of all its very easy to cook and tastes amazing. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and the contrasting orange and green colours just scream 'I'm so good for you, you have to eat me!'

You can microwave sweet potatoes or chop into small chunks and roast them in a moderate oven with a small amount of coconut oil for about 30 to 40 minutes.

TOP TIP: Coconut oil can be cooked at a higher temperature than vegetable oil without breaking down the fatty acids.

Notes:

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