This week, nourishing food experts Ginger and Peach held their first pop-up event at Southsea Coffee Co called Food and Mood. The event featured guest speaker Francesca Eldridge, who gave a fascinating presentation on the impacts nutrition can have on our mental health and wellbeing. The winning combination of informative nutritional facts and a delicious tasting menu left everyone feeling both full and inspired.
Born from the success of Southsea Coffee Co, Ginger and Peach is a company that focuses on raw and vegan food. They create beautiful and delicious hand-crafted cakes, made from 100% natural ingredients, free from dairy, egg, wheat, soya, refined sugar and gluten. If you're a regular at Southsea Coffee, you have probably seen them before, if not enjoyed a slice or two already. Aside from cakes, they are also a dab hand at savoury food, and are available for functions, catering and events.
The menu featured some beautiful creations including raw falafels and buckwheat balls, homemade kombucha and show-stopping mini desserts. However, the star of the show was the Buddha Bowls we were presented with for our main course. The most colourful meal I think I've ever eaten, packed full of nutrients, consisting of kale, beetroot noodles, carrot, cumin squash, avocado, toasted seeds, pink sauerkraut, a lemon and garlic dressing and of course, to my delight, edible flowers!
As a company, Ginger and Peach is self-described as a 'world of natural cakes, nourishing food and good vibes', and that really is the perfect way to describe the Food and Mood event too.
Francesca certainly left me questioning some of my eating habits and considering how to adapt her advice to work with my lifestyle. From chewing food at least 30 times, to taking time away from my desk to eat lunch, and replacing those 3pm chocolate bars with a protein-rich alternative snack. She showed us that it's not just what we eat, but also how we eat that can affect our mental wellbeing. Her attitude to nutrition was refreshing, focusing on individuals as opposed to trendy fad concepts, and even confessing her love for the occasional croissant and glass of wine. (I hear ya, girl.)