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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.

With the SHEmazing Awards on the horizon, we've been trawling Instagram in search of our favourite foodies, and we noticed quite a few vegetarian foodie Instas that have some amazing looking culinary delights.

If you know any foodies, whether you drool over their uploads or take inspiration from their recipes, now is the time to pay tribute to their culinary creativity by nominating them for our Foodie Award.

Until then, have a look at some of our favourite Instagram veggies who are doing it right: 

10. Damy Method

Damy is an Irish athlete and physical therapist who is undertaking a vegetarian challenge.

The gymnast proves that you can fuel a fit body without needing meat for protein.

 

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9. The Dreamy Leaf

The Dreamy Leaf is an extremely well-established veggie-foodie Instagram.

Its owner Maya comes up with some of the most delicious plant-based recipes we've ever seen!

8. Sarah Nuu

Sarah gives us a realistic and relatable look at life as a veggie.

With her simple, homemade recipes, this girl strikes the perfect balance between aspirational and realistic. 

7. The Wholesome Vegetarian

Naomi and her fork sample and snap some of the best veggie options in Dublin and its surrounding areas.

The veggie documents what she eats on her travels and at home, with little details about the quality that we definitely appreciate. 

 

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6. Sprouted Kitchen

Concocting some of the best vegetarian recipes around is no easy feat, but Sprouted Kitchen manages it beautifully.

 

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5. Life of a Vegetarian

Looking for veggie lunch box ideas?

Then look no further than this nifty Instagram, specialising in lunches and delicious healthy snacks. 

4. The Veg Space

Another amazing place to get ideas and recipies, the Veg Space has plenty of simple and delicious food combos for you to choose from.

Inspirational or what? 

3. Oh She Glows

Oh She Glows promotes some amazing plant-based food choices, and with almost 10 years as a veggie under her belt, we're listening. 

 

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2. The Foodie Dietician

This blogger focuses on bringing delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes to your kitchen and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. 

That's a message we can get behind. 

 

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1. Love and Lemons

Veteran veggie Jeanine Donofrio has one of the best vegetarian feeds around.

Seriously, her Instagram is goals. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

If you love pizza, pasta, ciabatta and focaccia, then this pop-up market is perfect for you.

Coming to Meeting House Square in Temple Bar at the end of the month is The House Of Peroni Presents: La Primavera. 

On Thursday March 30 and Friday March 31, La Primavera will bring the taste of Italy to Dublin, with some of the city's finest restaurants taking part.

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As well as food from fab eateries, there will also be stalls with fresh food and vegetables, baked goods and plenty of booze.

There will be a special cocktail to try over the two days which wil be made from "Peroni Nastro Azzurro, gin, dry Martini, elderflower cordial, chamomile and thyme syrup, orange blossom and lemon juice," and our mouths are literally drooling right now.

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The market will be open from 7pm-10pm Thursday and 12pm-10pm Friday. 

Oh, and did we mention it's free in?

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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We'd take any excuse to munch a whole bag of crisps, and now with Saint Patrick's Day around the corner, our sense of patriotism is coming in handy. 

Combining two esteemed Irish brands, O’Donnells have created a Ballymaloe Relish and Cheddar Cheese flavour of their hand-cooked crisps, and we've never needed less of an excuse to scoff the lot. 

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“For many years our customers have asked for Ballymaloe Relish flavoured crisps so we are thrilled to see this happen and with such a fantastic company O’Donnells!" said Maxine Hyde, Head of Sales and Marketing for Ballymaloe Foods. 

"It was great fun developing the flavour with Ed and Kate O’Donnell. “

The crisps are made using home grown Tipperary potatoes, and O'Donnells have sourced the best local artisan food producers in Ballymaloe to provide unique individual flavours.

The gluten free crisps will be appearing on the supermarket shelves in mid-March, and we honestly cannot wait. 

So, it turns out if you want to improve your diet, you can forget all about low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free or any sort of restrictive nutrition plan for that matter.

You can improve your diet with a very simple element (and one your granny likely mentioned more than once), and that, ladies, is fibre!

We have all heard that porridge is a healthy breakfast. Indeed, a recent study confirmed the benefits of this Irish favourite as scientists, based at the APC Microbiome Institute in Cork, discovered that beta glucan, which is the fibre found in porridge, could help reduce cholesterol and even body weight. 

The benefits of porridge have been widely documented in the past few years; it has been proved to make you feel full for longer, plays a key role in digestion, in reducing our risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Yet, we are not eating enough of it

According to science, we should aim to eat 30 grams of fibre each day to enjoy all these benefits – weight loss included. However, a whooping 80 per cent Irish adults are not even reaching 25g a day, which is the European Food Safety Authority recommendation. 

How can I introduce more fibre in my diet? 

Introducing more fibre into your diet isn’t rocket science.

Fibre is only found in foods that come from plants while foods such as meat, fish and dairy products don't contain any fibre.

To increase your fibre intake, the first thing you can do is simply increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, wholegrain cereals and legumes – all planted-based food, basically. 

What foods are really high in fibre ?

Beans, chickpeas and lentils are excellent sources of fibre and should regularly be on your menu, as well as wholegrain or wholemeal bread, rice and pasta.

All vegetables and fruits contain fibre, especially cauliflower, broccoli, squash, apple, pears, berries and leafy greens. 

Another good reason to stick to your five-a-day, or even more… 
 

It looks like our foodie pics might be a bit more helpful than just making our Instagram feeds look good.

It turns out that taking pictures of your food can actually make you healthier.

Research carried out at Oregon State University claims that snapping your food can improve your health and can even help people with diabetes.

The study was carried out on 114 nutrition students in the US and Australia. They had to identify the foods that were in the pictures, as well as figure out their serving sizes and weight.

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The students were able to identify different foods, with an 80 per cent success rate. However, when it came to serving sizes, only 38 per cent of the students were able to give an estimate that was within 10 per cent of the actual weight.

"Dietary intake information is important both to individuals using nutrition-based therapy for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and to entire populations for identifying nutrition and disease risk," the study said.

The research further claims that by using photography as a means of understanding food, it could help people in the first stages of diabetes come to terms with their dietary changes.

Mary Clusky, one of the authors of the study said: "If you're providing me with your dietary intake information, you may not be trying to falsify the information, because you're sincerely interested in improving your diet.

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"But I'm depending on your ability to recall what you ate and your ability to correctly tell me what portions and specific ingredients you had; there are all kinds of things that can make it go wrong.

"Images can facilitate your recall, and they also prompt important questions from a dietitian: 'Was that low-fat dressing or high-fat?' Plus, images make dietary assessments more entertaining because people do like to take pictures of food."

So, there you go. Time to start snappin'.

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.
 

Like the upstanding millennials that we are, we adore a good brunch.

But more than a good brunch, we adore a cheap brunch.

And what could be cheaper than brunch dishes you can whip up from the comfort of your own kitchen?

Ladies, we give you our three favourites…

Ham and cheese womelette

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of ham, chopped
  • ½ cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Spring onions to taste

Whip the eggs until they create a light foam. Add the cheese, ham, paprika, salt and pepper. 

Preheat the waffle maker and spray with oil. Pour the mix into the waffle maker and cook for about 4 minutes.

Scatter with spring onions and more cheese if desired. Enjoy!

 

Brunch frittata

  • 80g grated cheese     
  • 8 free range eggs
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped    
  • 4 rashers, chopped
  • 1 handful baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika

Put the sliced potatoes in a pot of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain them and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the onion and the chopped bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Keep the pan on the heat and place the sliced potatoes in one layer on the bottom of the pan. Scatter the bacon, onion and the spinach. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the spinach starts to soften. 

Beat the eggs until they form a light foam, add some pepper, the paprika and the cheese.

Add the egg mixture to the pan, put a lid on it and cook over medium to low heat for 10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through. 

Serve cut into wedges with a some cherry tomatoes and sliced avocado if desired.

Breakfast baked potatoes

  • 4 medium potatoes, cooked
  • 4 free range eggs
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 100g bacon, chopped sliced
  • 75g grated cheddar
  • A few sprigs of chives
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 180°C. In a large pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onions until translucent. Add the bacon and cook for 3 minutes.

Cut out the top of each potato and scoop out most of the inside (you can keep it to make potato croquettes).

Stuff each potato with the bacon and onion mix, some cheese then crack one egg inside. Season with salt and pepper. Add more cheese on top and place on a lined baking sheet. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Top with chopped chives and serve with baby spinach and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

 

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!