Well that was fun. The festive season 2013 felt like the first time we all let our hair (insert joke about me having none here) down after 5 years of pure and utter shite and misery all round. It probably had something to do with psychologically coming out of the bail-out or maybe even the fact that we had a decent summer for once. It felt to me like the old Dublin was back. The fun Dublin. People partied like it was 2005 again but all good things must come to an end. We are all back trudging to work looking like miserable bastards with our asses about an inch rounder from all the turkey. Nearly everybody seems to be on a detox, diet or researching gym memberships. Most of us still have to eat lunch though so I've put together a list of fun things to eat around the city that are still mega healthy. Give January the two fingers and get stuck into these!
Down on Drury street this is one of the best salad and healthy eating spots in town. They mix it up all the time with lots of interesting flavors and make eating a salad actually enjoyable and filling.
Burrito In A Bowl - Pablo Picante's
A burrito sounds like just about the worst thing you could eat but if you take out the actual wrap part it turns into a super tasty and interesting salad. The only bad bit is you'll have to leave stuff like the sour cream off. No cheating now! Get down to see Pablo now
Chunky Lentil And Veg Soup - Itsa
You can get soups all over town and I could have included about 50 on this list but the one that I know is the best for you and healthiest has to be this gorgeous winter lentil and veg soup. Feels like a meal in a bowl and fills you right up.
Eating a salad can feel a little boring but what does help is what the guys in chopped do which is lash all the lovely ingredients in a bowl and chop them all up. Stick with the healthy stuff and a light dressing and you'll have a lovely treat.
This is a great option for all of you who have had an especially tough Xmas and are on a full detox. This is the full nuclear detox where you drink nothing but juice for a few days. These are some of the best in the city packed with fruit and veg they'll fill you up to a certain extent. You could maybe just skip a lunch and have a juice instead.
Vegetarian food is nearly always better for you than eating meat and this is the only spot for people going vegan (I've met 2 so far) and plain old veggies. Loads of interesting options to keep you from losing your mind as well.
Chili Chiken Ramen - Wagamamma
This is like a big bowl of goodness that works in the exact same way as a chicken noodle soup when you are feeling sick. The flavors are insanely good and there is nothing in there that is going to be bad for you.
Green Tea - Clement & Pekoe
Coffee could be on the way out for you as well so why not change over to green tea and head down to Clement & Pekoe and try out some of their delicious Japanese teas. Will give you a lovely little kick and tasty as hell also.
Mixed Salads - Staple Foods
We've covered them for their detox juices before but they also happen to do a gorgeous selection of salads every day. The menu changes and alongside a juice this will really get you flying.
OK so this mightn't be the healthiest option on the list but everybody needs a treat even if it is January. Yogism have the best FroYo in town and if you stick to fruit and nuts on top you could nearly call this healthy. This is the only dessert you should be having in January!