5 Need to Know Superfoods

With everyone interested in health and fitness, super foods are very on trend. Traditionally only stocked by health food shops, recently retailers like Aldi, Supervalu, Tesco and Dunnes have begun stocking them too! Not only are these super foods now more accessible they are also super cheap! This week I’m looking at the top 5 super foods from these retailers and looking at the benefits of including these in your meals.Read More »

Chocolatey Banana N-Icecream

So following on from last week’s article about healthier pizzas this week the boys and I whipped up some healthier ice pops. We all know that traditional ice cream can be full of saturated fat and sugar, not the healthiest of options to be giving kids. But with a little bit of frozen fruit you can make an alternative that is low in sugar and almost fat free! Read More »

Dad’s Healthy Full Irish

Healthy Full Irish
Spoil Dad with a healthy brekkie

There is something about a fry that just reminds me of big days and special occasions. There is something very comforting about warm breakfasts with pots of tea. Typically, frys are not the healthiest of breakfasts but they have all the elements of a balanced meal. The sausages provide the protein; the toast, beans and mushrooms are excellent sources of carbohydrate and provide one of your five a day. So why not make Father’s Day extra special with my tips for a healthy full Irish!Read More »

Great ideas for weekday lunches

Haven’t we had the best weather the last few days, I hope you got out on Sunday and spent some quality time with your Mammy! Thanks to my own Mammy I was sent off to school with ham sandwich, a mandarin orange and some animal biscuits every day. To most Irish people the thoughts of a packed lunch for work can bring you out in the cold sweats. But fear not; lunches have evolved into cool things and it’s now very chic to “tote” your lunch with you to work!

 

There is a tonne of benefits to bringing your lunch to work that go beyond saving you some money!

It’s a great way to control your portions meaning that option to go large or grab a soft drink with your roll isn’t going to spoil your good intentions. By making your own lunch you can also control the calorie content in your midday meal. Avoiding foods like chips, processed meat, cheese and sauces also means you are consuming less sugar and salt. The last benefit of making your own lunch is the endless options. Leftovers are made for tupperware but also consider salads and tapas style lunches!

Below is some suggestions to pimp your lunch box and help you be the envy of the office.

Salad + protein and avocado: This is my go to lunch! A base of nutritious leaves, like spinach and rocket or your favourite lettuce. Add to this a source of protein for example two boiled eggs, tin of tuna or some chicken.  Chuck in some chopped peppers, onion, slices of avocado, beetroot or sweetcorn. To turn your plain salad into a show stopper a good dressing is essential. I recommend making your own and don’t be afraid to get adventurous!

Our superfood from last week, quinoa, makes an appearance with stir fried vegetables and egg for a healthy twist on the traditional takeaway option. Most supermarkets sell pre-chopped peppers, I add these to ½ a cup of cooked quinoa with some spices in the wok. Beat and egg in a bowl and add to the mix, this literally takes 5 minutes to make and is nutritious and filling.

Healthy salad
Healthy salad with quinoa

Homemade soup is a great option and again don’t be afraid to experiment with flavours! By adding spices or interesting ingredients, soups can become nourishing belly hugs to warm you from the inside on miserable days. The Happy Pear have a very easy recipe for Thai coconut, sweet potato and lemongrass soup. The coconut adds a lovely depth of flavour to the sweet potato and with the fragrant lemongrass you could believe you were Bangkok instead of at your desk.

For healthy alternatives to chocolate bars or processed sugar at 3pm, I prefer to pack snacks like fruit, vegetables and hummus, roasted pumpkin seeds or chickpeas, yogurt and berries or homemade bars. These suggestions pack a nutritional punch and will keep you full till dinner time!

Healthy Snack
Healthy snacks – yogurt, fruit, nuts and sweet treats

Hope you enjoyed these tips and next week we’ll be looking at some healthy Easter egg options, yum!

Naughty or Nice Christmas Treats

So it’s that time of the year again. I love nothing more than spending all day hunting for that perfect present, cosy scarves, hats and winter noses. So with present in hand my thoughts always turn to warming drinks to indulge and defrost!Now most people know I am an absolute addict for coffee so this post is centred around that yummy cup of happiness. To help you make one more healthier choice around Christmas I’ve picked the worst winter warmers and some tips to help you stay on track for the festive season!Read More »