January is a time of new beginnings. Fresh starts, new calendars and heaps of #newyearnewme Facebook statuses. And number one atop of those pesky resolutions is always to eat a little cleaner. Forgive us for not jumping at the chance to up our steamed broccoli intake - but sometimes, eating clean can be a little daunting.
But you see, my friends, that was then and this is now. With literally dozens of health food spots recently popping up all over Dublin, we are totally spoiled for choice and should seize the opportunity and give our bodies a belated Christmas present - they work pretty hard, you know.
Here's the 8 nourishing dishes we'll be treating ourselves to this January.
1. Nutritional Chopped Salad, Chopped
This beauty from everyone's favourite salad joint, Chopped, combines mixed house salad, turkey escalope, apple, broccoli, roast carrot & pesto dressing.
It sets you up for the day and has heaps of bold colours and flavours to make it look as dreamy as it tastes. And with your dressing of choice to drizzle atop - it's like a (healthy) party in your mouth, and everyone's invited.
2. Daily Free From Salad Plate, Cornucopia
Cornucopia's Daily Free From Salad Plate is a nutritious combination of 3 fresh, homemade salads; always vegan friendly, always gluten free, and always wheat free. You know what that means - this is literally 100% good for you! Pair it with a juice from their absolutely vast range, and you've got yourself a health kick Gwyneth Paltrow would be proud of.
Exactly what your tummy needs after chowing down three square feet of turkey sandwiches.
3. Vegan Antioxidant Salad, Counter Culture
Counter Culture has the most mouth-watering menu, full to the brim with goodness - and their Vegan Antioxidant Salad is a fine example of just that.
With chickpea, kale, pepper, sweetcorn, avocado, pomegranate & pumpkin seeds all packed into this little number, you'll be smug for days and feeling like you can take on Kerry at Croker.
4. Póg Raw Superfood Salad, Póg
Frozen yoghurt may be the first thing you think of when you think of Póg, but the Bachelor's Walk haunt boasts an impressive salad range that looks almost too good to be healthy.
Their Raw Superfood Salad is an interesting mix of sweet and tangy consisting of spinach, kale, couscous, chickpeas, grated carrot, beetroot, red onion, blueberries, sunflower seeds, balsamic dressing.
Sounds life-changing, right?
5. Winter Salad, Eathos
Eathos really know what they're at when it comes to wholesome grub.
This cracker of a meal made up of classic vegetables with modern flavours, including: glazed sprouts, pomegranate, smoked bacon lardons, purple basil, and onion ash in a maple and citrus dressing.
Absolutely sensational and full of protein, vitamins C, K and lots of nutrients like folate, potassium and dietary fibre. Drop-kicking January has never been so tasty.
6. Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad, Staple Foods
The good people at Staple Foods have the unique ability of being able to whip up a salad that you will not be able to finish. Seriously.
In their Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad you will find: sweet & spicy chilli jam (dairy free and gluten free), shredded vegetables, nuts, seeds, jerk chicken and to top it all off - the whole thing is served with rice, beans and a huge amount of guacamole.
So good, you'll be running back for more in no time.
7. Warm Squash Salad, Herbstreet
It's not often a warm meal can also be guilt-free, but Herbstreet whips them out with ease.
This delectable dish is made up of insanely flavoursome maple roast squash served with crumbled feta on a puy lentil and pea salad in a light walnut dressing.
Health food so nice, you'll think it's naughty.
8. Burgers & Pizza, The Hopsack
Yes, you heard us right. The Hopsack knows how to make good foods fun and their homemade kale and quinoa mini burgers and organic spelt pizza slices are prime examples.
The burgers are jam packed fill of sundried tomatoes, basil, oregano, sunflower & flax seeds - brimming with protein, essential fats & minerals. And their spelt pizza is served with a rich tomato sauce & generous toppings. Oh, and they're really bloody tasty too.