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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

It’s started, hasn’t it? The De­cem­ber deca­dence. The cheeky mince pie in the of­fice. The ah-go-on-I’l-lgo-for-one-so pint after work. The mulled wine, the din­ners out, the glut­tony of it all. And we’re only five days into the month. What we need this week are ideas for healthy, light food to bal­ance out all the Christ­mas craic com­ing down the line. Your gut will thank you for it.

First up is break­fast – and a good place to start is The Break­fast

Club in Yo­gism, 23 George’s Street Ar­cade, tbc­dublin.com. It’s freez­ing out, so some­thing warm and com­fort­ing is called for. Try some healthy, buck­wheat-flax pan­cakes with Greek yo­ghurt, berries, pecans and ca­cao nibs (¤7.50). They are de­li­cious and will keep you go­ing for hours. They also do the In­sta­gram-friendly break­fast du jour, chia seed por­ridge, with al­mond /co­conut milk, cin­na­mon berries and maple syrup (¤5.50).

Across the road on Drury Street,

Blaz­ing Sal­ads (blaz­ingsal­ads.ie) is a whole­food veg­e­tar­ian deli with a take-away salad bar. You pay by weight, and it’s not the cheap­est (ex­pect roughly ¤7-¤8 per box), but in­gre­di­ents are fresh and su­per healthy and they have a great se­lec­tion of dress­ings. Re­cent ad­di­tions to the menu in­clude some very tasty ar­ti­choke hearts and roasted tofu with ginger and shoyu (a type of soy sauce).

There are also hot spe­cials, plus savoury dishes such as pizza and spring rolls at the counter, and sugar-free cakes and or­ganic sour­dough made on-site.

Some­times a sand­wich is all you want, so you might as well get some good qual­ity bread and house-roasted meats. Hon­est

to-Good­ness (12 Dame Court, Dublin 2, hon­est­to­good­ness.ie) makes its own bread in-store, cooks the bulk of its fill­ings and does it well. The roast chicken (chicken, av­o­cado, cu­cum­ber, tomato, crème fraiche & leaves, ¤7) is very good, es­pe­cially on its chilli brown bread. The Legend salad (broc­coli, feta, tomato, seeds and baby leaves, ¤8) comes with chicken or tuna and goes well with a rasp­berry vinai­grette. We love that their eggs are all free range. A lit­tle out of town, the fam­ily-run

Hop­sack in Rath­mines (Unit 6A, Swan Shop­ping Cen­tre, Rath­mines, Dublin 6, the­hop­sack.ie) is a health food store that sells ready- to-eat food, cooked by nat­u­ral chef Nicky Hal­l­i­day. There’s a salad bar, plus hot food like its Mid­dle East­ern pump­kin soup (¤3.90)and mush­room and wal­nut loaf with Mex­i­can mole sauce (¤2.95). For a treat, try the Black Gold raw truf­fle of med­joul dates, spir­ulina, seeds and co­conut (¤2.50 each). It also sell fresh peanut but­ter that blows poor Panda jars out of the wa­ter.

Fi­nally, Pure Green juices (pure­green.ie) are a tasty way to detox (in 3- and 5-day cleanses) or just a dose of good­ness if you’re off to another evening of mulled wine and a feed of canapes . The Liq­uid Lunch (spinach, cu­cum­ber, av­o­cado, ap­ple, pineap­ple, spir­ulina, lime and wheat­grass) is the best, ¤5.50. It’s avail­able in Bub­blic­ity stores and su­per­mar­kets in Dublin. See pure­green.ie for stock­ists.

– Rachel Collins

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