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Calling all Dublin foodies!

The Happy Pear is setting up shop in the capital next week and our mouths are watering already.

David and Stephen Flynn, brothers and founders of the health food brand, will open their flagship café and food store in Clondalkin, Dublin 22, on Monday July 3.

The new development will be located in the new Round Tower Visitor Centre in Clondalkin village and is set to feature a terraced dining area, a public garden along with exhibition and gallery spaces.

The brothers announced the opening date on their Facebook page earlier today.  

Speaking previously about the exciting news, David and Stephen said:

"This is a really great development and this collaboration is a very exciting move for our business. We’re really delighted to be bringing The Happy Pear to this incredible new centre, which is rich in history and culture and will provide a real focal point for the village."

"We can’t wait to open the doors and meet everyone from the community, and of course breakfast is on us – we’ll continue our long-standing tradition of providing free, organic porridge every morning in the new cafe."

The Happy Pear cafe is also located in the Shoreline Leisure Centre, Mill Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and their products are available in selected supermarkets nationwide or online at thehappypear.ie

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It’s no secret that Divergent actress Shailene Woodley is a huge fanatic for eating healthy and well.

Now, she has divulged her ultimate health food tip – and it is NOT what we were expecting.

It would seem that the actress has jumped on the recent bandwagon for drinking bone broth – yes, that is exactly what you think it is.

Speaking to MTV News, Shailene describes how she makes bone broth in a slow cooker, simmering animal bones for 24 hours with onion and herbs. Erm, yum?

However, not everyone is a fan of Shailene’s tips, as her co-stars describe how she often gives them advice – but not all of them listen to it!

So there you have it, a healthy body is just one bone broth away, according to Shailene Woodley! 

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Red cabbage has seen its sales jump 50% in the past year, thanks to its status as a health food, research has shown.

Though many of us may associate red cabbage with Christmas time when it is often roasted with spices, it would seem that the benefits of red cabbage over green have led to a huge boost in all-year-round sales.

According to The Grocer, sales of the brightly coloured vegetable rose from 366 tonnes to 545 tonnes in the year up to 1st February 2015. This is an increase of 48.9%!

The great news for producers of red cabbage was announced on 17th February, which is National Cabbage Day. Agricultural director of Produce World Group spoke about the benefits of red cabbage, saying: “Cabbage has been a part of a staple diet of many UK households for years due to its nutritional value and versatility as a vegetable … Luckily the UK has ideal growing conditions. Produce World provides enough for nearly half a million UK consumers each year.”

Red cabbage has twice the iron content as green cabbage and also boasts ten times for Vitamin A which plays a role in immune function, vision, antioxidant activity and skin and cellular health, to name but a few. 

To get more of this wonder veg into your diet, why not grate some with carrot and onion for a colourful coleslaw or chop some into your salad? 

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Certain foods have great healing properties, so if you have a mild ailment why not try some of these? Of course you should see your doctor if you’re not feeling well too.

Here are some of nature's finest healing foods:

Garlic
The pungent base of most meals has been used for its healing properties for centuries.

Tumeric
Studies are still ongoing into the potential health benefits of turmeric but research has already found the popular spice to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Ginger
This flavourful root is used to treat nausea so next time you’re feeling a bit queasy, a cup of hot ginger tea should set you on the road again.

Almonds
These powerful nuts  are said to be anti-inflammatory as well as helpful in regulating blood pressure.

Flax
These seeds, sold whole and ground, have been used for their medicinal properties throughout history. Grind into your smoothie, porridge or granola to keep your digestive system working smoothly.

Honey
Another historical healing food, honey was often used a topical solution for burns and cuts. Today, it is consumed to help heal colds and ease sore throats. It is also helpful to allergy sufferers during pollen season. Interestingly, honey is the only food on earth that does not go off.

Cayenne
This hot spice can add a wealth of benefits to your diet. If you’re trying to lose weight, cayenne speeds up your metabolism. It is also been proven to aid healthy digestion and liver function. 

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