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When it comes to gin and tonic, we can't get enough of the damn stuff.

And the more variations of it that are produced, the better.

So, when we heard Fortnum & Mason had launched gin and tonic tea bags, we thoughts all our mid-morning breaks had come at once.

But before you begin thinking your tea break will leave you with a raging hangover, let us fill you in.

The predominant ingredient in Tea for Tonic is green tea, but the luxury retailer has piqued the senses of G&T aficionados by also including a mixture of juniper berries, coriander, fennel, lemon balm and dried cucumber and lime

If you want to 'enjoy a G&T without the consequences' as the retailer perfectly puts it, you can order your box of 15 teabags right here.

And ladies if they're sold out by the time you get around to ordering them, you'll know who to blame.

(That'd be us.)
 

Mondays are hard enough without having to deprive ourselves from tasty food.

While we often try and be good with our diet (at least until Tuesday), we all need a little bit of a treat to make it through the day, right?

With these delicious and healthy recipes, you can indulge without feeling guilty. You are welcome!

 

1. Chocolate peanut butter power balls

 

2. 3-ingredient ice-cream

 

3. Banana peanut butter spring roll

 

4. Fruit nachos

 

5. Oatmeal cookie sandwich

 

6. Healthy banana bread

 

7. Chocolate strawberry frozen yoghurt bites

 

8. Healthy peanut butter cups

 

College life is hard, guys.

Juggling classes, assignments, jobs and of course, going out (you are in college after all) takes it toll on you and can leave you constantly tired.

While getting a sufficient amount of sleep is essential, eating well is another key element to success in college. 

You probably don't have the time and money to make Insta-friendly acai bowls with hemp seeds and goji berries, but this doesn't mean you can't be healthy, 

If you follow these simple rules, which are more like general guidelines, you are sorted. 

 

1. Learn how to make the most of a microwave

Microwaves are great to reheat some pre-cooked food, but you can also cook loads of things with this appliance: mug cakes, rice, pasta, eggs, veggies, potatoes, fish.

Do a bit of research and you'll be surprised to see how useful a microwave can be. 

 

2. Get a small blender

For a healthy breakfast or a quick snack, throw whatever fruits you have around, a handful of spinach, almond or peanut butter, almond milk, yoghurt or just water and make a tasty smoothie.

This is an easy way to make sure you get a lot of nutrients and fibres at once, even of the rest of your day is instant noodles or pizza.

 

3. Eat bananas

They are cheap, easy to carry to classes, don't make a mess when you eat them, and also, they are quite delicious. Rich in vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, copper and fibre, bananas are nature's best snack on-the-go.

Get a bunch of bananas every time you do your food shopping so you'll always have something healthy to snack on when you get hungry. They are also a tasty base for your smoothies. 

4. Eat something green every day

No, this doesn't include green Smarties and M&Ms. We are talking broccoli, spinach, courgettes, kale, peppers, and any leafy green.

Even if you struggle to get your five a day, including one portion of greens ensures that you get essential nutrients and fibre.

 

 

5. Have substantial meals

Chocolate bars and packs of crisps are not real food, they are empty calories. The reason why you crave them is because they fill you up quickly when you are hungry.

To make sure you don't get the midday slump, get (or make, even better) a hearty pasta salad for lunch, a bowl of soup with a sandwich, a big salad with carbs and protein… Something that will actually keep you going for a while.

 

 

6. Avoid sodas as much as possible

Sugary and fizzy drinks (even the light version) are pricey and not healthy. Water should be your beverage of choice 99% of the time.

To this day, water is still the best way to stay hydrated, and also the cheapest if you invest in a water bottle. 

 

7. Stop everything when you eat

It is important, even for a few minutes. While we understand breakfast is a tough one, get 15 minutes to enjoy your lunch and your dinner, without being on your phone or on your laptop.

Use this time to focus on your food, chew properly (the first step to a good digestion), talk with your friends or just empty your head. 

 

 

Sneezing, coughing and nose-blowing season has officially started and it is time to bring out the hand sanitizer to try and not catch your beloved friends/colleagues' germs. 

In order to keep the doctor away, an apple a day is a good start, but if you add certain foods to your diet, you could get a real immunity boost. 

And here are just five!

1. Citrus fruits

Essential for fighting infections, vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells. Unfortunately, your body cannot store it, so you need to make sure vitamin C is on the menu every day. 

While vitamin C tablets might come in handy, you can get your daily dose of ascorbic acid (the scientific name of the molecule) from oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes or clementines. 

 

2. Kiwis

For the very same reason, kiwis are your friends during the winter. In fact, two kiwis contain enough vitamin C to cover your recommended daily dose of the immunity-boosting nutrient.

On top of that, kiwis are also a good source of vitamin K, copper and fiber.

 

3. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (a powerful antioxydant) and a mere cup of cooked sweet potatoes provides more than 200% of the recommended daily intake.

Antioxidants are essential for immune system support as they help your body fight off infection. Sweet potatoes are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. 

 

4. Broccoli

A real nutrition powerhouse, one cup of cooked broccoli is enough to cover your daily needs in vitamin K and vitamin C. It is also a very good source of chromium, folate, fiber, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. 

To make sure you get the most of the benefits, steam them instead of boiling them as this aggressive cooking process destroys most of the vitamins.

 

5. Spinach

While we always love to learn about new superfoods, some of our cupboard/fridge staples can also claim the title. Take spinach for example; not only do they taste great as a salad base, they are also a true food hero. 

One cup of cooked spinach contains a tremendous amount of vitamin K, while it is also an good source of vitamin A, manganese, folate and magnesium, to name a few. Just like broccoli, the least you cook it, the better!

 

So, while a lot people who choose to follow a vegan diet are generally satisfied with the plant-based food products available to them, most will admit there are a few things they miss.

Sure, there are a number of alternatives on offer – vegan cheese, yogurt, and even chicken, to name just a few.

But there is one food product plant-based enthusiasts have not been able to replicate – until now.

Four clever food science students from the University of Udine in Italy have created a product that looks, feels and tastes exactly like a hard-boiled egg.

According to Food Navigator, it's made from a selection of legume plants (such as beans, pulses and peas), vegetable oils, a gelling agent and vegan salt.

The 'egg' is packed with protein, but unlike the real thing, it's completely cholesterol-free.

The university is reportedly in talks with companies who might be interested in manufacturing the product, meaning it could be hitting our shelves sooner rather than later.

What a time to be alive!

Trying to keep the runny noses, sore throats and pounding heads at bay this winter won't be easy, so it is important to get all the nutrients you need.

While some people turn to supplements (not guilty), eating a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is the best way to boost your immunity naturally.

Incorporating superfoods is also a fabulous idea and can help you ensure you get your daily dose of vitamins and antioxidants. 

And while we are all familiar with the Instagram sensations that are goji berries, chia seeds, avocado and kale, there are some new kids on the block.

There are a number of new nutrition powerhouses emerging on the market that come with a lot of health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, improving digestion or strengthening your immune system.

Have a gawk, and let us know what you think:

1. Moringa

Originating from India, moringa is also referred to as the drumstick tree, and has been used as nutritional booster for centuries. The entire tree is edible but its most nutritious part is the leaves.

For a similar intake, moringa contains about  25 times the amount of iron as spinach or seven times the amount of vitamin C as oranges. It is also very rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium, protein and potassium.

All good things, all good things. 

Generally sold as a powder made from the leaves of the tree, moringa can be found in most health stores. Add a spoonful to your smoothies, soups or porridge, or whisk it to almond milk and a drizzle of honey to get all its incredible benefits, like as boosting your immune system, reducing inflammation and regulating your blood sugar levels. 

2. Maca

Grown in Peru, maca is a cruciferous vegetable (from the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or kale) and its root has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. 

High in vitamin C, B6, copper, iron, potassium and manganese, it is mostly sold in powder form to add to food or as capsules. It is believed to improve the mood (say no more), reduce stress levels and anxiety and boost performances. According to some studies, it could even have a positive impact on fertility.  

3. Elderberry

You might be familiar with elderflower, which blossoms around June, but elder trees also produce elderberries, which are in full season in September. While they can't be found commercially, these fruits indigenous to Northern Europe are usually used in crumbles, jams and pies. They could also be used as topping for porridge or in smoothies.  

A real nutrition powerhouse, elderberries are a very good source of fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C, and also contain iron, potassium, vitamin B6 and betacarotene. Alongside the immunity-boosting effect, these tasty berries are diuretic and therefore boasts detoxifying properties. Interestingly, elderberries act as antiviral, which could really help you resist the winter flu. 

 

 

Cocu has been one of our favourite foodie spots to grab lunch this summer, but sadly the epic Dublin eatery is closing it's doors.

Renowned for their hearty salads and healthy treats, Cocu is the perfect myriad of delicious ingredients and a heath conscious attitude. 

The Chatham Street location will serve its last customer today, before moving on elsewhere. 

 

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'We are sad to announce that our short tenure in Chatham Street has come to an end, ' reads a recent Insta post.

'Cocu Chatham St will be closing its doors on Wednesday 30th August.'

'We’d like to thank all our lovely customers for their continued support.'

 

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Thankfully we don't have to be too devastated, as the Hatch St unit is still going strong, and is a mere five minutes away from the current location.

In more excellent news, this is more of a see you later than a goodbye, as Cocu announced that they will soon be setting up shop elsewhere.

The delicious foodie concept will be making a permanent home for itself in the IFSC in the coming weeks. 

The Kale & Coco smoothie bowl pop-up will also be finishing up this week, but Rebecca and Jen have promised that they will be running some amazing special offers in the remaining days. 

So, in case you haven't noticed, whole food and plant-based diets have become somewhat of a trend over the past few years

From smashed avocados to açai bowls, Instagram feeds are overflowing with delicious recipes that put our sub-standard culinary skills to shame.

With so many dishes to choose from, it can be hard to keep up with the latest foodie trends. However, there is one dish that looks like it could be sticking around – sweet potato toast.

This vegan breakfast alternative has been doing the rounds on social for about a year now, but incase you're unfamiliar with the concept, it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

Pieces of thinly sliced sweet potato, toasted to perfection and loaded with ingredients of your choice.

 

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It's a quick, simple and healthy alternative to bread, and with a endless array of toppings to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

The Insta-worty dish can be enjoyed sweet or savoury and we have a funny feeling we may have found out new go-to breakfast.

Alyssia Sheikh from the Mind Over Munch YouTube channel has some really tasty versions to try:

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If you're a bonafide cheese-obsessive, then you're probably sick to the back teeth of having people highlight the downsides to your devotion.

From the product's high fat content to your 'worrying' ability to make it through a block in one sitting, being a cheese-lover definitely comes with its pros… and cons.

Thankfully, however, we have science on our side right now, and we're going to milk that for all it's worth.

Researchers in Korea have, according to Metro, established that one particular variety of cheese is of benefit to our health, and we are totally here for this news.

It turns out that Swiss cheese contains a probiotic called propionibacterium freudenreichii (expialidocious), and that means it works wonders for that bod of yours.

From reducing inflammation to kickstarting a flailing immune system, Swiss cheese sounds like the type of food we should all be stocking up on.

Ladies, let's be real here, science has basically told us so.

It can be hard to keep up with The Happy Pear brothers.

Having began their business as a simple vegetable shop, the energetic pair have since watched their vegan food brand transform into one of the most recognisable in Ireland.

With books, cafés and their own range of delicious plant-based products, it's safe to say that twins, David and Stephen Flynn, have made their mark on the Irish food industry – but they're not stopping there.

The lads look set to showcase their culinary skills on a new Netflix show, due for release in June 2018.

According to The Happy Pear's official Twitter account, the duo will appear on the upcoming I'll Have What Phil's Having, a food and travel series presented by Everybody Loves Raymond creator, Phil Rosenthal.

The upcoming Netflix series will follow Phil as he explores some of Europe's hidden culinary gems, and it looks like he's a big fan of Irish cuisine.

Earlier this week, the presenter gave a shout out to a a chip shop in Clonakilty, and just yesterday he declared he declared that Irish soda bread and butter was “one of the more delicious things you can eat in this world.”

This man clearly knows his stuff.

Living in Dublin city takes its toll on our wallets and while politicians are completely failing us at handling the housing crisis, we are left with two options: playing the Euromillions, or learning ways to make the most with what is left in our bank account after rent is paid.

Some expenses are hard to minimise – i.e. transport, electricity, health – but you can make a big difference on the state of your finances if you get smart with your food.

With a few simple tips, you could end up saving hundreds if not thousands of Euro a year. 

1. Eat at home as often as possible…

It goes without saying, but eating out is expensive and without even going crazy, one dinner out a week can cost you a minimum of 100 Euro a month. 

2…. and we don't mean takeaways

When we say eat at home, we mean make your own dinner.

A takeaway might seem reasonable once in a while – hungover Sundays for instance – but a tenner here and a tenner there seriously add up.

3. Yes, it goes for lunch as well

We know, making lunch every day is a commitment but it is a smart way to a) save money and b) eat healthier.

No need to make life complicated: make a big batch of pasta or quinoa at the beginning of the week and have fun with some cheap toppings: cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, beans, leftover roasted veggies, boiled eggs, tuna, leftover chicken, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, fresh herbs, cheese…  

4. Buy what is in season / on offer

Every shop has weekly offers on specific foods.

Have a look at what you can buy from the cheap shelf before you start your shopping.

5. Don't buy too much at once

Buying in bulk might seem like a good idea at first, but if you end you binning half of it, it remains a big waste of money.

Buy in bulks foods that have a long shelf life, like cans of tuna, pasta or beans, and avoid it for fresh food. 

6. Eat less animal protein

Animal protein like meat, fish and cheese come at a price, and we would recommend reducing the amount you buy and prioritise the quality.

Meanwhile, make seasonal vegetables and carbs (such as pasta, potatoes, rice, beans) the base of your diet. Eggs are a healthy and cheap option to get your protein too. 

7. Refuse to waste food

To make sure your food doesn't end up in the bin, only buy the food you need (or that keeps for a long time) and only go shopping if you REALLY need to. 

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Eddie Rocket's are now serving  brunch – and we could not be happier about it.

The fast food diner have just unveiled their new menu, with a host of delicious brunch options sure to make any millenials mouth water.

From pancake stacks to avocado toast, there really is something for everyone and with the most expensive dish coming in at €9.50, these tasty treats won't break the bank either.

The new options available include:

  • The Big Breakfast – €9.50

  • Belgian Chocolate & Almond Short Stack – €6.95

  • Bacon & Maple Short Stack – €6.95

  • Sourdough Avocado Toast With Bacon & Egg – €7.95

What's more, the restaurant have added a bacon and avocado chicken or beef burger as well as four new salads in a bid to entice health conscious diners.

They'll also be serving 'veggie frites', or carrot sticks, green beans and courgettes sticks lightly seasoned with garlic and chilli, if you will.

The brunch menu will be served until 4.00pm daily, but many of the other new additions are available all day. 

You can check out the full new Eddie Rocket's menu on their website now.