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