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3 Snack Ideas for Kids

I am so passionate about health and nutrition, that it physically pains me when I see what teenagers at my school ‘nourish’ themselves with. They generally start the day with some form of fizzy pop along with sticky bars or sour sweets. Have they had a breakfast before this, who knows? Lunch tends to be white rolls filled with breaded ‘chicken’. (I’m sure you have seen the Irish documentary ‘What are we eating’ where the chicken fillet roll was outed for what it really is. Some episodes are still available on the RTE player here). Anyway if it’s not a chicken roll, its potato wedges, or white pasta with tomato sauce or sausage rolls. And if you look at all of these foods, what do they have in common? They are all white, highly processed, high in salts, with little or no nutritional value. And then we wonder why the students cannot focus or concentrate in class?Read More »

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No Bake Chocolate Tart

Ingredients

Bottom layer

½ cup hazelnuts

½ cup almonds

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp almond butter

Pinch salt

5 large dates

(medjool dates are best but can be expensive, you can use regular dates, just soak in boiling water for about 10 minutes before use)

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What is your eating style?

 

Recently I read the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. It was recommended to me by a friend, who felt it really resonated with her. One particular part of the book I was intrigued by was the various eating styles people have. Not necessarily the ‘diet’ people follow, but more the how and when people eat their food. According to Tribole and Resch, there are 8 eating styles. Which will you be? They include the following……..Read More »

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Bring back the Irish Spud!

Where has the good old fashioned Irish spud gone?

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Field of Tipperary Potatoes

It seems that most people are latching onto the latest food trend, the sweet potato. Why? Well some claim it to be a superfood. A superfood is any food that has a large quantity of nutrients. Generally though once labelled a superfood, you are charged twice the price. When in reality an apple can be defined as a superfood, as it too is packed full of goodness. Currently we are bombarded by the food and fitness industry with the sweet potato, its nutritional benefits and hundreds of interesting dishes we can make using it. And I like others, followed the trend and left the spud well behind in my childhood.  So is the sweet potato better for us or can we bring back the spud! Well let’s take a look…Read More »

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What brings you happiness?

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Milo & Cake; happiness!

Recently I have been thinking more and more about this question. Very often in my life, I am consumed with the need to purchase ‘stuff’ in the hope that these items will bring me happiness or some form of contentment. From; clothing, jewellery, make up, shoes, along with of course the bigger necessities in life; a car, a home etc. Sometimes when I look around I think that other people have it ‘all’. And because of this, I feel, I need it all. But lately I have come to realise, all of these things or ‘stuff’ I continue to spend money on, are just that, ‘stuff’. They hold no real value, no real significance and will never bring me true happiness. So even if I do someday manage to have it ‘all’, will this bring me happiness?Read More »