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As the week goes by, it seems to get much more difficult to eat healthily and stick to your balanced life goals.

By Wednesday, your motivation is seriously challenged by the second birthday cake of the week in the office., right?

To help you avoid falling into the processed food trap, we have rounded up some healthy options available on Deliveroo, so you can get a tasty fix (almost) without lifting the little finger. 

Cracked Nut

Their rustic decor and lovely food range is worth a trip to Camden Street alone, in fairness.

Cracked Nut’s tasty salads and feel-good wraps as a healthy takeaway for when you forgot to bring your lunch to work. 

Póg

When all calories are indicated on the menu, it makes it easy to go for the lighter option.

Known for its delicious fro-yo, the eatery also offers a scrumptious Spicy Chicken salad (with spinach, spicy chicken, red onion, white cabbage, avocado, sundried tomatoes and asian dressing) for only 330kcal.

Add the salted caramel smoothie (made with dates, Himalayan sea salt, oats, banana, and almond milk) for an extra tasty 205kcal. 

Chopped

With 20 locations around the city, Chopped is now pretty much everywhere when you need a wholesome and tasty meal.

But the Irish healthy food chain also delivers delicious salads, smoothies and wraps to the comfort of your own home. Our favourite, the Dubliner Caesar, comes at around 500kcal and as cheap as 5 euros. 

The Lo-Cal Kitchen

This café based in the Phoenix Park Racecourse produces food that tastes great, but without the bad ingredients.

What is on the menu? Dishes low in calories and filled with nutrients, such as a Supergreen salad or the Nutty quinoa salad (328kcal), made with broccoli, almond, quinoa, peanut, carrot, pistachio, green peas, black eyed beans with a zingy Asian dressing. 

 

Get in outta the wind… ''tis #Brunchoclock

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Cocu

Cocu is famous among Dubliners who like to eat healthy on the go. With several locations in town, the fast (but good) food has become a favourite for a quick and tasty lunch.

While you can’t get their new poke bowl delivered, you can order a delicious Falafel with pickled carrot, cherry tomato, cucumber and hummus for less than a tenner.

Freshii

A healthy lunch destination inside the CHQ Building, Freshii is also a good delivery option to enjoy a delicious Buddha's satay bowl, with rice noodles, crispy lentils, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, green onions and peanut sauce among other wholesome dishes and treats.

If you're a fan of Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, you'll know that in addition to promoting a healthy way of life, the fitness and nutrition guru advocates hearty meals and treating yourself on the regular.

And while it seemed Joe's 'eat more, exercise less and lose weight' approach sounded a little too good to be true, there's no denying the results.

 

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Indeed, his best-selling Lean in 15 books are chock-full of recipes which you're unlikely to find in standard 'diet' book, and yet his clients have undergone some of the most incredible 90-day transformations even seen online.

And with carbonara, curry and cakes up for grabs, what exactly would the Body Coach refuse to eat?

 

Chocolate and avocado protein mousse#MousseMe

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According to a recent interview he did with The Business Insider, Joe will not eat frozen ready meals or anything deep fried.

When asked what is officially 'off' the list, he responded: "Frozen ready meals and any deep fried stuff."

"It's the oils they use that aren't food for you, rather than [whatever is in them, like] the chicken. They're cheap, so they use all sorts of crap," he added.
 

 

Hold tight for my Aussie Bum Burger with sweet potato wedges #leanin15 #foodie #recipes #food #thebodycoach

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But as any Body Coach fan will know, Joe never deprives himself, telling the publication that he simply opts for homemade versions.

"I like to make healthy versions of popcorn chicken, healthy burgers, and healthy homemade pizzas, so I never feel deprived," he insisted.

Joe will be heading to Dublin this summer, so you can find out more from him then!

So, we have reached that stage of the month when we start to cancel on our friends because, you know, we just can’t afford it.

But sharing a nice dinner with your friends and family doesn’t mean you have to break the bank – if you pick one these affordable restaurants in Dublin.

Featherblade

A great steak usually comes at a (pretty heavy) price. But in Featherblade, you can get a delicious juicy steak for as little as 13 euros (you should also add one or two or their fab sides, just sayin’…).

Brownes of Sandymount

This cosy restaurant is like Love Actually: a classic that never disappoints. With the evening French bistro menu, you can enjoy two courses for 20 euros.

Their duck leg confit, Seafood risotto, Beef cheek Bourguignon and Crème brûlée will make you feel like a million bucks!

 

Light, colourful and delicious! #BrownesofSandymount #Dinner #Bistro

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The Fumbally

With a price as low as 6 euro, the Fumbally eggs give pricey brunch places a run for their money. And they taste DIVINE.
 

 

It was just so good last week I had to come back for more. It's birth week after all!

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Bunsen

While Cork can now rejoice to have their own joint, Dubliners have been loving Bunsen’s tasty burgers – all under 10 euros – for quite a while. Rightfully so. 

 

Lean 2017! Start as you mean to continue!@isthatedibles

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The Big Blue Bus

Hidden inside the Bernard Shaw, this place delivers some seriously tasty pizza that you can enjoy sitting on the boot of a really cool 1979 double decker bus. From Monday to Friday 5 to 7pm, a pizza and a pint will only cost you 12 euros.

 

More food. Surprise Surprise

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Octopussy

In the Howth harbour, Octopussy looks like a cute fisherman’s shed and offers the freshest and most delicious seafood. With their early bird menu, you can enjoy two “tapas” dishes and a glass or wine for 17 euros per person. An absolute bargain!

 

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Bow Lane

This late night cocktail bar on Aungier Street offers an early bird menu with amazing value. With 2 courses for 19.50 euros and 3 courses for 24.50 euros, enjoy a Pork Belly, a Pan-fried fillet of hake  and a Dark chocolate pavé zero-guilt involved!

 

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Chez Max

This traditional French brasserie on Baggot Street serves homemade French dishes with a Parisian flair. For 19 euros per person, the early bird menu includes the likes of a Soupe à l’oignon, delicious Escargots and a Bœuf bourguignon. That's really a cheap trip to the City of light. 

 

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Gin is really having a moment in Ireland, but let's never forget our nation's love of a good, old-fashioned Irish coffee.

If you think that Irish coffee is kind of an old person drink, you might want to reconsider.

This Irish coffee slushy is so delicious it could be your go-to drink for Paddy's Day!

And here, ladies, is what you'll need to make it.

Irish coffee slushy

Ingredients

  • 30ml whiskey
  • 30ml Baileys
  • 60ml milk
  • 30g brown sugar (optional)
  • 180ml coffee
  • 300g ice cubes

Method

Place all ingredients into a blender.

Blend until it gets to a slushy consistency.

Pour over 2 chilled glasses, top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce if desired.

Serve immediately.
 

Now don’t get us wrong: we don’t necessarily watch cooking channels on YouTube to learn how to make fancy dinners or crazy cakes – we just love the entertainment.

And we won't apologise for it, either.

If cooking shows float your boat, but complicated recipes aren't your thing, why not check out our favourite inspiration for whenever you just feel like drooling in front of your screen.

Donal Skehan

It would be impossible to not mention our beloved Donal Skehan.

Even though he recently moved to LA, the Irish food sensation remains our pride and joy. 

Sorted Food

These British guys are not only fun to watch, they are also really relatable and we feel like if they can do it, we can too! 

Cupcake Gemma

The creme of the buttercream!

When this British pastry extraordinaire teaches us how to make a breathtaking ombre cake, we almost believe we can do it. 

Hervé Cuisine

If you think French cooking is all fancy and nervewracking, have a look at Hervé Cuisine. From his Parisian kitchen, this cool guy cooks all sorts of sweet and savoury recipes, and makes it all look really easy-peasy.

And with English subtitles available, you don’t even have to pretend you remember anything from your Leaving Cert oral.

Everyday Food

Everyday Food editor, Sarah Carey, always comes up with easy-to-follow recipes that make us go “Defo could do this!”.

We particularly love the series called Kitchen Conundrums with Thomas Joseph, which breaks down all the crazy science behind cooking and baking. 

JessBeautician

As the name of her channel suggests it, Jess was primarily a beauty therapist but her food videos are so brilliant we are seriously considering going vegan. 

Well, you know, kinda…

MyCupcakeAddiction

If you have never heard of Elise Strachan, the genius mind behind MyCupcakeAddiction, prepare yourself to be seriously mind-blown.

This Aussie lady makes the most creative and colourful cakes that literally defy gravity. 

Bigger Bolder Baking
 
Gemma Stafford is an Irish professionally trained chef who now lives under the Santa Monica sun, in California.

Her recipes are mouth-watering and always have this wow factor that makes us seriously drool…

Peaceful Cuisine

Ryoya Takashima makes cooking videos that don’t use music and gives us true ASMR feel.

If you ever have a stress rush during the day, tune into his channel and enjoy the quietness of this Japanese kitchen…

Food Tube

Jamie Oliver doesn't need an introduction and his channel, featuring some brilliant guests, needs to be in our faves. 

 

 

One quick blitz of Instagram will tell you that when it comes to food, the dinners of our youth just don’t cut it anymore.

While we more than happy to hoof into a meat and two veg dish courtesy of our hardworking mothers back in the day, we tend to get a little more creative in our own kitchens.

And then we share it on social media, natch.

But if you want to do more than just hashtag your culinary creations, why not bring your meals to a wider audience by applying to star in RTÉ’s Tastes Like Home show?

As the deadline for final entries looms, Catherine Fulvio, together with sponsor Londis, has issued a final call for applicants who wish to star on the second season of the show later this year.

Whether you’re only starting out or have years of cooking experience under your belt, the only thing needed to apply is a passion for homemade cooking!

Applications close on Sunday March 19, so if you want in on the action, simply submit an application form along with three family favourite recipes for consideration.

See ya on the box, ladies!

 

The world is divided into two kinds of people.

There are those who –  when facing into six long weeks of Lent without sugar –  will avoid anything that might trigger a craving, and then there are those who will trawl Instagram and tantilise themselves with images of sugary works of art.

Ladies, we fall firmly into the second camp.

Six days into our Lenten Promise, we've sought solace on the world wide web, and are currently salivating over cupcakes that look like cactuses.

Don't judge us, because you'll soon be salivating too.

So, there was this one…

 

仙人掌Cupcake ,你敢吃吗? #cactuscupcakes #dreamzbakery #creative #soreal #dessertmadness

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And then this one…

 

#homemade #cupcakes #chocolatecupcake #cactuscupcakes #dessert #sweet #delicious #madewithlove #tanya_sv21

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Oh, and what about this one?

 

#cactuscupcakes#succulentcupcakes

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Then we have this…

 

Kaktus #cactus #cactuscake #cactuscupcakes #kaktus

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And what about this?

Oh and then this…

With mere hours to go until the weekend, we are (unsurprisingly) putting a great deal of thought into the various tipples we intend to taste test over the next 48 hours.

And while there were many contenders in the running, we're fairly certain that the first weekend of March will be dedicated to the creation and consumption of a rose raspberry G&T.

If you plan to join us on this one, here's the low-down on what you'll need.

Ingredients

  • 200g raspberry 
  • 150ml gin
  • 150ml tonic water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lime juice
  • 3 tsp rose water

Method

1. Mix the rose water with 500ml of water. Pour into an ice mold and freeze.  

2. Using a fork, crush the raspberries with the gin, sugar and lime juice. 

3. Using a blender or a food processor, crush the rose-infused ice and pour into 4 glasses, filling up to about half.

4. Divide the gin preparation among the glasses. Top with tonic water and decorate with lime slices.

You can thank us later…

In case you hadn't noticed, today is one of the brightest days we’ve had in… well… ages.

(Between the showers and all, natch)

And while we don’t want to jump the gun here, it has got us fantasising about that grand old stretch in the evening when pints after work are not just desired, but practically mandatory.

Reminding us that lazy summer evenings are only around the corner,  a brand new cider has hit the Irish market, and we are already official converts.

Created with a perfect blend of bitter and sweet Irish apples, OUTCIDER strikes the ultimate balance, and means you no longer have to chose between an overly sweet or excessively tart pint.

Appealing to those who appreciate a sweet drink, but need that extra edge, it looks like OUTCIDER will be top of the guest list at most sessions this summer.

“OUTCIDER tastes great, really great and using street art brings the brand to life and allows us to create an even deeper connection with those who demand more from a brand,”  said marketing director Belinda Kelly.

“Tasting great is no longer enough for street-smart consumers, they want a brand that’s bang on the money for them; a brand that gets them and knows where they’re at.”

Lads, you’ve nailed it.

So, what exactly is the metabolism? To put it simply, it describes the energy your body needs to keep you alive and perform actions such as growing, breathing, repairing cells and digesting food.

Some people need a lot of calories while some can survive on very few. The amount of calories you need is called the basal metabolic rate (BMR) and not everyone's equal when it comes to calorie needs.

Several factors influence your metabolism: your age, body weight or gender (a young male usually burns more calories than an older woman for example), but it also depends on your level of physical activity (the more muscle you have, the more calories you spend) and what you eat.

 And, as it happens, some food can actually help you boost a sluggish BMR. 

Simply put, including these healthy foods to your diet can help you burn more calories on a daily basis.

1. Lean meat

Chicken or turkey breasts, beef fillet: lean meats are high in iron.

Although a lot of women suffer from iron deficiency especially during their period, this mineral is essential to your health and a lack of it can slow your metabolism. 

2. Mussels 

Like most seafood, mussels are also a great source of iron.

They are a good and cheap alternative for people who don’t like or don't eat meat to get their daily iron intake. 

3. Spinach and leafy greens

Greens are a great source of magnesium, a mineral that boosts your metabolic rate.

Adding a handful of greens to your meal is a good way to make it healthier.

4. Cayenne pepper

And spicy food, in general!

Thanks to its active ingredient, capsaicin, spicy food enhance blood circulation, increase body temperature and therefore stimulate the metabolism. 

5. Good fatty acids

We are talking nuts, avocado or olive oil here.

Fatty acids help make you feel fuller and enhance vitamin absorption which leads to a healthy metabolism.

BONUS: Water

If you are not properly hydrated, your metabolism slows down.

Another good reason to stick to those eight glasses a day, right?

 

We'll be frank here; we love a sweet treat, and we adore a slick drink.

And when one of our favourite fancy drinks gets paired with one of our very favourite fancy treats, we'd step over our own mothers to get our hands on the recipe.

So, without further ado ladies, we give you Prosecco Pancakes.

Don't worry, you can thank us later.

Ingredients

For the pancakes

250g plain flour

2tsp baking powder

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

300ml of buttermilk

60ml Prosecco

2 eggs

Raspberries

Greek yoghurt

For the syrup

150g sugar

150ml Prosecco
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Method 

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

Combine the buttermilk, Prosecco and the eggs in another bowl and gradually add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients.

Mix until just combined and refrigerate for two hours. 

Slightly grease a pan and pour about one tablespoon of batter over high heat.

Cook for about 2 minutes on one side, and one minute on the other side, until golden. Repeat until you have used up all the batter. 

Meanwhile, make the syrup.

Add the sugar and the Prosecco to a small saucepan over medium heat and let it thicken for about three minutes.

To serve, stack some pancakes on a plate, top them with Greek yoghurt and raspberries and pour over some syrup. 

The term "breaking the internet" gets thrown around a lot these days, but when a new secret menu Starbucks drink is revealed, social media literally goes crazy.

We joined in on the excitement when we had a little look at the latest offering from the mysterious menu.

A brand new, colourful iced beverage has just landed on Instagram, and we foresee queues out the door for this one. 

The Pink Drink was the way to go for summer 2016, but now the refreshing strawberry and acai blend is getting a 2017 update.

Introducing the Matcha Pink Drink, the perfectly ombre, two toned iced blend that is on a mission to steal our unicorn-loving hearts.

The drink was first revealed on Friday, when Instagram user @dailyfoodfeed shared a photo clutching the beverage. 

 

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The rainbow drink is made up of three parts traditional Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk) layered on top of part matcha coconut milk on the rocks, according to @dailyfoodfeed.

We can see major potential for this beverage, what if we went for two parts pink drink, one part matcha and one part blue drink?

The unicorn-hued potentials are endless.