So if you follow me on social media you will have noticed as much as I love to cook I also love to eat out. I believe having a healthy attitude to food involves having an understanding of what food fuels and nourishes you and being able to understand it enough to be able to make good choices whether you are cooking at home or eating out.
With that in mind I’ve come up with a list of my top healthy food spots where you can be sure to pick up some amazing tasty food which has some great healthy options to boot!
Industry – Industry is on Drury street in Dublin city centre. It describes itself as a lifestyle store and eatery and it is the perfect spot if you are in town and want to pick up a bite to eat on your own as there is lots of potential people watching to keep you entertained. My personal favourites include the salmon, sweet potato wedges and pickled cucumber..so good… Just make sure not to spend all your money in the homewares section on the way out.
Eathos – Oh how I miss you Eathos! Back in the 9-5 days Eathos was my regular haunt. With its beautiful minimal interiors and Ottolenghi style food display it is an absolute joy to eat in and all the food is delicious to boot. Don’t always avoid the sweet section..its too good to pass up..I recommend the salted caramel popcorn.
Cocu – Baggot street is the absolute mecca of healthy food spots with Cocu only a few doors down from Eathos. The menu is simple and delicious and is designed by a dietician. There is an impressive key available for all the dishes available on the menu include Low GL & high protein options. They also have a beautiful array of healthy sweet treats such as raw snickers and protein balls. The portions are generous too so are great if you are planning a post work gym session.
Urban Health – Urban health in Ranelagh is my local and is just an all round health mecca! The protein pancakes are one of my favourites and you can get everything to go if you are feeling particularly lazy. I’m a big fan of the flu fighter juice which is packed full of vitamin C and also the protein iced coffee for a post workout treat. Its also home to Urban Space upstairs which has an amazing selection of yoga, pilates and barre classes.
Staple foods – Located on Grattan Street this has some amazing whole food options..the menu is simple, balanced and unprocessed and a massive plus is that its located just above Form School so you can grab your lunch and still have time to have it post barre. Get there early – all the best options sell out fast!
The Punnet – The Punnet on Mount Street & Richmond Street is a great option for juices, wraps and salads and is particularly good if you need to pick up some healthy pantry staples at the same time. It is also a great option if you are following a particular diet plan for example IIFYM (if it fits your macros) as you can pick exactly what you want to go into your salad/wrap as opposed to picking from standard menu options.
The good news aswell is if you happen to be chained to the desk or at home and can’t make it out – a number of the above options are available on Deliveroo…no more excuses to eat that sad lunchtime sandwich!
There are so many great healthy food options popping up all over Dublin and around the country and I’d love to hear where you have been and where I should check out?