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Check out these guilt-free lunch time des­ti­na­tions, home to some of the health­i­est menus in the coun­try. By Ciara McDon­nell

“Our sal­ads are al­ways pop­u­lar,” says Brian Dri­nan, above right, joint owner of the Perry Street Mar­ket Cafe in Cork with Paul Cof­fey, above left. “They change ev­ery day, so pro­vide lots of choice for our cus­tomers. Warm sal­ads fly out the door — Ard­sal­lagh goat’s cheese, pome­gran­ate and or­ange is al­ways a good op­tion I think.” This bright and breezy café is a cheery spot to spend your lunch hour, but they do a large range of ready-to-go healthy op­tions for those of us in a rush. Log onto their Face­book page for daily up­dates and yummy spe­cials.


Spe­cial­is­ing in sal­ads, cold-pressed juices and guilt-free desserts, Lov­ingSal­ads flag­ship out­let on Cork’s Academy Street is a go-to des­ti­na­tion for health-con­scious food­ies look­ing for a lunch fix. Owner Ja­son Caroll says that their fo­cus is sim­ple. “Our sal­ads are con­structed and de­signed by our cus­tomer. They choose their leaves, along with a choice of pro­tein, one of 12 dress­ings and fin­ished with a choice of crunchy top­pings like dukkah or nori fu­rikake.” www.lov­ingsal­ads.com

With out­lets spread across Dublin’s city cen­tre, Sprout & Co promises healthy lo­cal, sea­sonal of­fer­ings, served in the health­i­est way pos­si­ble. Theo Kirwan says that prove­nance is key to their ethos. “We change our menu with the sea­sons but some sal­ads only get tweaked so that we can con­tinue us­ing Ir­ish veg­eta­bles as the core in­gre­di­ents. Our ‘Su­per Gua­cabowle’, has been on our menu since day one due to its pop­u­lar­ity. Packed with sea­sonal Ir­ish veg, greens, quinoa and topped with our gua­camole, feta and toasted seeds, it is a good healthy feed and above all, it’s de­li­cious.” www.sprout­foodco.com

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