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If you're trying to have a baby, or thinking about starting a family in a few years, you may want to start taking notes.

According to new research, your man should be chowing down on nuts (sorry boys) as they increase his sperm count. 

Researchers took 119 healthy males between the age of 18 and 35 and gave one group a portion of nuts whilst the other continued to eat as normal.

They found a 16 percent increase in sperm count from those who had the nuts.

Their sperm vitality also rose by 4 percent, sperm motility by 6 percent and sperm morphology by 1 percent.

The study was run in the Human Nutrition Unit of the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain, by lead author Dr Albert Salas-Huetos. 

Dr Albert says they embarked on the study in response to "pollution, smoking, and trends toward a western-style diet," which is impacting the quality and quantity of human sperm.

The results also concluded that those who ate nuts had a “significant” fall in sperm DNA fragmentation, which is crucial for successful fertilisation and normal embryo development.

Before you run out and stock up on the nuts and force-feed them to your partner, the author said more investigations need to take place before they can solidly conclude the benefits of the nuts when baby-making. 

“We can't yet say that based solely on the results of this study,” says Salas-Huetos.

During the 14-week study the men ate 60 grams of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts. 

Dr Albert did say that if you want to try for a baby, evidence points to a healthy diet aiding your chances of conception.

“But evidence is accumulating in the literature that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception – and of course, nuts are a key component of a Mediterranean healthy diet," he said.

It's never too early to get his swimmers fighting fit!

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Taste of Dublin is back with a bang, and starting from tomorrow you'll be introduced to some of the best and highest quality food in town.

Taking place in Iveagh Gardens from Thursday, June 13 until Sunday, June 16 (AKA Father's Day, bring him back some goodies); It's a three day immersion in Dublin's nourishing  and delicious tastes.

Organisers are describing this year's event as celebrating "the chefs that are taking culinary risks, fusing Irish and international cuisine and creating revolutionary Irish menus". Yes please.

What are we most excited for, you ask? Without a doubt it's got to be foodie Anna Barnett's collaboration with Ketel One Botanical vodka. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anna is the London-based author of Eat the Week and The Reluctant Vegetarian, and also does stylist work because she's just that cool.

Obsessed with all things tasty, Anna is delighted to be working with Ketel One Botanical this year at Taste of Dublin.

Ketel One is a family-made vodka brand which makes the spirit with no artificial flavours and distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences.

Anna currently writes for The Evening Standard in her spare time, when she's not running her own website. How does she find the time?

Thankfully, she's curated a stunning menu of canapés to complement Ketel One's three different Botanical Spritz flavours; Grapefruit & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Peach & Orange Blossom.

We've chosen three of our favourite recipes for you to gorge over, but why not join the other 32,000 people expected to attend the Taste of Dublin over the four days? 

1. Peach and marmalade galettes with whipped lemon cream

Works best withKetel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom Spritz

Cooking time: 12 – 15 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Feeds: 6-8

Ingredients: Pre-rolled shortcrust pastry cut into 5cm rounds, one whisked egg, 3 sprigs of oregano with leaves picked and roughly chopped, sprinkle of sea salt flakes, 3 tbsp of marmalade jam, one tin of peaches in syrup cut into thin segments.

Lemon cream: 200ml of double cream, whipped until thick, zest of one lemon, one heaped tbsp of icing sugar.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. For the pastry, lightly flour a work surface or roll out pastry onto parchment paper. Scatter over chopped or whole oregano leaves and gently roll into the pastry. Turn the pastry over so oregano leaves are on outside and roll into rounds.

Spoon one-quarter of a teaspoon of marmalade onto middle of each round, add finely sliced peaches on top, and turn up the edges. Transfer onto baking tray, gently brush with eggwash and place in oven for 12-15 mins.

Allow to cool on rack. Pipe or spoon the lemon cream onto the tarts after whipping the cream and folding in the icing sugar and zest.

2. Bruschetta with grapefruit, charred red peppers, garlic and mint

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Spritz

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Resting time: 15 minutes

Feeds: 6 – 8

Ingredients: One French style loaf thinly sliced diagonally, two cloves of garlic to rub bread with, three red peppers, two grapefruits with skins removed and cut into segments, two cloves of garlic finely diced, generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes, one tsp of freshly ground black pepper, four sprigs of mint, generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Instructions: Begin by prepping the peppers. Place them directly over a gas flame, charred until the skin turns black and blistered. Turn the peppers until they're entirely black, then transfer to a bowl and cover for 20 minutes before peeling off the charred skins. Next, finely slice the peppers by removing any pith. Be sure to retain their juices as this is packed with flavour and can be used by drizzle.

For the bruschetta, heat a griddle pan until almost smoking then in batches char your slices of bread on both sides until you can get those great, dark stripes. You can also grill or toast the bread if you don't have a griddle pan. Cut the garlic cloves in half and rub into the charred breads.

Prep all remaining ingredients. Combine with the red peppers then arrange the bruschettas on your platters, just before serving spoons the mixture generously onto the breads and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or the juice retained from red peppers.

3. Irish salmon toasts with lovage mayonnaise and mint and pea shoot topping

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint 

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 – 10 minutes

Feeds: 6- 8

Ingredients: Irish soda bread, 200-300g good quality smoked salmon, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, zest of half a lemon, ground black pepper, 3-4 tbsp cress/pea shoots/radish tops to garnish

Lovage mayonnaise: 150g mayonnaise, 5-6 sprigs of lovage, several turns of black pepper, one-quarter tsp lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil

Instructions: Heat a griddle pan until almost smoking, then char your slices of bread on both sides until you get great, dark stripes.

For the lovage mayonnaise, combine the leaves, mayonnaise, seasoning and zest and blitz until combined. Cut salmon into even stripes.

To serve simply add a generous dollop of lovage mayonnaise to the charred bread, add on the smoked salmon and finish with drizzle of oil, a pinch of cress and lemon zest.

Anyone who attends the masterclasses in Ketel One Kitchen at Taste of Dublin will sample Anna's gorgeous canapés on Thursday and Friday, and meet the woman herself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anna will co-host the cocktail masterclasses with world class bartenders while offering tips to her guests. 

Anna commented:

"I hope that everyone is as excited about tasting the canapé pairings as I was about making them and that they’re inspired to create them over the summer, when they’re entertaining at home."

Tickets for the Taste of Dublin are priced from €15, on sale online now.

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For most people, during the week, breakfast is usually a bowl of porridge or a bit of toast quickly gobbled up on the way to work/college. 

At the weekend, especially if we had *a few* on Friday or Saturday night, we usually crave something a little heartier… 

Try the essential brunch recipes and go for a nap. Everything will be fine. 

1. Eggs Benedict

2. Spicy egg ham scramble

3. Chocolate chip pancakes

4. Big breakfast rostis

5. Avocado toast

6. Banana and blueberry French toast

7. Breakfast tacos

 

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Veganism – it's taking hold of the world and it seems that everyone is becoming or has become vegan these days.

Ireland has definitely caught up with its European counterparts when it comes to giving meat the chop from our diets.

When ranked, the most popular countries for veganism in 2018 shows that Ireland came in at…number eight. 

Looks like the days of Irish stew are long behind us. 

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Veganism means nothing animal based – so no meat nor fish nor dairy nor honey.

As well as food, it also means embracing a lifestyle where you don't wear leather or wool or visit the zoo.

For people, it all means different things for different people – for some, it's all about animal rights and others it's about having a healthier diet.

So where do other countries come on the list? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We have, in order…
1.        Australia (Score 100)
2.        United Kingdom (Score 98)
3.        New Zealand (Score 87)
4.        Sweden (Score 84)
5.        Canada (Score 79)
6.         Israel (Score 78)
7.         United States (Score 65)
8.         Ireland (Score 62)
9.         Austria (Score 60)
10.       Germany (Score 59)

Ireland has climbed from 11th place in 2018 to 8th this year, which puts it below the United States, but above European vegan powerhouse Germany.

The vegan diet is becoming so popular in Ireland that last year Deliveroo reported a 73% jump in vegan orders across the country through its app, clearly showing there’s a change in the air.

And when it comes to veganism in Ireland itself, the top five places are as follows: Bray (Score 100), Galway (Score 90), Dublin (Score 83), Cork (Score 81), Waterford (Score 78).

So we're not doing too badly when it comes to the health stakes.

Fair play to us we say. 

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It's almost here…the day in which all mum's get a pat on the back for the all they do day in, day out, for us.

And what better way to celebrate than to go out for dinner?

Well, we have great news as none other than Captain Americas are offering a FREE meal to all mother's in all of their venues this Sunday, March 31. 

Yes, you can eat for free all day long to mark the occasion.

Captain Americas is always a winner amongst kids and adults alike, and have been serving up mouth-watering food and gorgeous cocktails for more than 40 years. 

It's the perfect spot to celebrate the most important woman in any of our lives – our mum.

And let's be fair, she does deserve it.

T&Cs apply; Main meal free for Mums with purchase of one kids & one main meal, one mum per family per table.

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All that and dim sum: Lucky Tortoise launch new deal by giving away free lunch!

Yes, you read that right.

Not only is it PERF for us broke people but it's also delish.

The free im sum is available today Thursday, March 21 in celebration of the launch of their new lunch deal in their new permanent home at 8 Aungier Street from 12-4pm.

So what are you waiting for? 

The new lunch deal which includes miso, okonomiyaki, pork siu mai, five veg dumplings, rice and kimchi all for €12.

To be one of the first to sample the delicious new offering, all you have it do is drop down to the Lucky Tortoise today from 12pm where diners will be served on a first come, first served basis.

We're on our way…

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We can hardly contain our excitement.

What's better than  a Kinder Bueno?

You guessed it, a Kinder Bueno ICE-CREAM.

Well, it has landed in Ireland and can be bought in shops around the country. 

Kinder is launching five different types of ice cream – you can have Kinder Joy ice cream, Kinder ice cream stick, kinder ice cream sandwich, Kinder Bueno ice cream cone, and Kinder Bueno ice cream bar.

We're legit drooling at the mouth here.

BUT THERE'S MORE – you can enjoy the iconic egg-shaped Kinder Joy but in ice cream form with milk and chocolate ice cream in a scooping cup – as well as an exciting surprise.

Then you can have the Kinder ice cream stick, which combines milk ice cream with fresh whole milk, covered with milk chocolate, either individually or in a 10-piece multipack.

De-lish.

If you're not feeling the stick, it also comes as an ice cream sandwich in individual as well as six piece packs for the whole fam. 

The Kinder Bueno hazelnut bar is also available as a cone with milk chocolate sauce, a crunchy cone, topped with hazelnut cream made of Ferrero hazelnuts and choc bits.

I mean, come ON. 

We're planning on gorging on these gorge ice-cream snacks until they make us feel sick, wbu? 

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If you find yourself in Cork this May, you should see the hybrid festival of food and design, which will be taking place from May 17-19.

Design POP is set to merge innovative design with local and international food and drink experiences in a collaborative pop up festival with events and exhibits taking place in various iconic locations across the city.

We like the sound of that. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you're a fan of design, you'll love that Design POP will see six of Ireland’s leading designers working closely with six top local food producers to create bespoke installations.

These will be strewn across Cork city centre throughout the festival.

It will be a three-day event that will also engage the public through a program of pop-up events in venues around the city through workshops, showcases, exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations.

So there's something for everyone – see you there, yeah? 

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We can all agree that Vogue Williams has a stunning figure.

And now the presenter has revealed the secret behind her amazing body by showing fans what she eats in a day.

And it's definitely not what we expected.

Vogue Williams shares a snap of her breakfast with fans

Since giving birth to her first baby in September, the 33-year-old had snapped back into fantastic shape so we were keen to see what her diet consists of.

She took to Instagram to document her day-to-day routine.

She started off with her breakfast, showing us that she ate porridge made with milk , water, berries and honey followed by two marshmallows and two or three cups of tea.

Sounds like heaven to us. 

Vogue shares a snap of her snack after tennis

This was followed by an after tennis snack of a yoghurt, pear and cup of tea…plus two sneaky marshmallows.

However, Vogue then posted saying, ''Then Spen gave me a piece of his chicken so I put the pear back.''

Then it was lunch time.

Vogue revealed her day-to-day diet with her devoted followers

She snapped a picture of bread writing, ''I can't help eating the bread and then I kind of ruin my meal because I'm full.''

Her lunch was tacos to start followed by prawns and grilled octopus for mains.

Then it was on to sushi and lamb for dinner followed more chocolate and almonds.

This balanced range of food is something we can all realistically do and not deprive ourselves of anything. 

Sounds good to us.

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We all love taking care of our skin with an established morning and evening routine, using great products that we don't mind spending a fortune on. 

Yet, sometimes, we forget that all these serums and lotions can be useless if we don't pay attention to our diet. 

Make sure to consume the food below regularly and you will notice a significant improvement in the look and general health of your skin.

1. Avocado

Avocado contains essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin. 

If you eat enough healthy fats, your skin will keep a good elasticity and remain soft and supple.

2. Oily fish

Salmon is a great source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats, which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can even slow or reverse the signs of premature ageing.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also well-known for their ability to combat and prevent many chronic skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

3. Kiwis…

…or any fruits and vegetables with a high content of Vitamin C, such as oranges, blueberries, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin C is often a powerful ingredient used in anti-ageing creams because it is a super antioxidant. Essential to produce collagen, it promotes radiant skin and help blemishes heal properly. 

4. Nuts and seeds

Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds… these delicious nuts and seeds we love in our granola are packed with protein that stimulates collagen production.

They are also full of healthy fats, magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium, Vitamin B and E, reducing inflammation, fine lines and promoting a clear acne-free skin. 

5. Carrots

Carrots and other fruits and vegetables high in beta carotene are your skin's best friends.

This antioxidant is converted to Vitamin A inside the body, helping repair skin tissue and protects against damaging UVA and UVB. 

6. Water

The first step to a beautiful hydrated skin is… an hydrated body!

When you are even mildly dehydrated, your skin already looks dull, dry and greyish, so aim at 8 to 10 glasses a day. 

Bonus: what not to eat

You may have already guessed, but processed food should be avoided if you want a beautiful looking skin. 

Deprived of nutrient, high in additives and preservatives, they make your skin age quicker without providing it what it needs.

Biscuits and sugary drinks, for example, lead to the production of insulin which may damage collagen and accelerate wrinkles.

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This may be the beauty product we've all been waiting for…What are our two favourite things? Pizza + glamorous eyeshadow = pure, unadulterated joy.

Yep, that's the truth. Glamlite Cosmetics have changed the make-up game by creating a pizza-themed vegan eyeshadow palette, and it's absolutely unreal.

The cruelty-free, vegan beauty giant have described the Pizza Palette as; The world’s most ‘delicious’ palette, fresh out of the oven and ready for delivery!”

My God.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What's even cooler, if that's possible, is that the creator received hateful messages about her weight insinuating that she 'ate too many pizzas'. 

She then decided to carry out the greatest clap-back second only to anything Chrissy Teigen has ever done, by creating a PIZZA-themed palette which sold out in under 48 hours.

What an absolute QUEEN. We stan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The palette features 18 stunning 'toppings' to choose from, and colours to match. The names range from earthy emerald shades of 'Basil' to the shimmery gold of 'Pineapple', and even metallic purple 'Red Onions'.

This woman is a genius. The product has also been JEFFREE STAR APPROVED, which is no easy feat.

Gold star from the make-up Star himself;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The packaging resembles a take-away pizza box, with highly pigmented colours achieving full coverage for any skin tone.

We're joining the masses and queueing up for one; it's unique and encompasses a badass clapback? We must have it. WE MUST.

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Our relationship with food is always evolving and we always look forward to locking our lips around something new.

The good people at Deliveroo have assembled to predict five food trends that will dominate our plates for 2019.

Based on their food expertise – the future of food looks vegan, low-waste and drool worthy.

1. Healthy Frozen Savouries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Clearly the lovely people of Ireland have ignored any advice of avoiding avocado in order to afford a house, as the food platform has seen a massive demand for the tasty fruit and of course, the food God that is hummus. 

But for next year, it looks like we will be tucking into savoury and healthy ice creams, but it'll be vegan and veggie variations that we will be obsessing over.

2. Root to Tip Cooking

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The sense of urgency to reduce our food waste is a prominent problem on our minds this year and the conscious eco-effort is being brought into the new year. 

Root to Tip Cooking, involving the use of the full vegetable is a method of days gone by but will return and bring cooking back to basics.

Deliveroo predicts that restaurant partners on the platform will introduce innovative ways to reduce daily waste, by using the likes of root vegetable leaves to make tasty and flavoursome pestos to accompany dishes – big high five for this one.

3. Fermented Food and Drink

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They're good for your gut and they've been popping up all over the place in the last 12 months.

Their popularity has been seen by the food delivery service with the rise of pickles and sauerkraut. 

Breaking through the fermentation process for 2019 will be more orders and variety of kombucha – AKA the holy drink for the ole gut. 

4. Flexitarianism

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The vegans are coming and nothing is stopping their rise. Vegan-friendly options have exploded on Deliveroo, increasing by 100 percent.

73 percent more vegan orders were placed on the platform in 2018.

And it looks like it isn't slowing down any time soon, as Deliveroo predicts an increase in Flexitarianism, where customers will dip in and out of meat dishes in favour of #MeatlessMonday and #GreenSunday.

5. Sea Snacks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to global trend forecasters, sea vegetables and greens will become a regular addition to diets next year.

Get ready to tuck into kelp noodles to puffed savoury snacks made with algae.

And it doesn't come as a huge surprise as they've already seen an increase of 59 percent in seafood orders.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So what are you looking forward to chowing down on in the new year?

And are there any trends you would like to see left behind in 2018?

Either way, our love of food will never waver. 

 

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