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Let’s get it on …

It’s the most romantic day of the year (so they say). Well whether you are into the Valentine hype, take advantage of the festive romance or simply couldn’t care less we have put together a list of our favourite aphrodisiac foods (and drink). What can we say – it’s an excuse to write about something a bit more risqué than our regular fruit and veg and foodie posts wink wink!

So whether you’re looking to get in the mood this evening or any other romantic day of the year here are our favourite “sexy foods”:

C H O C O L A T E

So it turns out there must be a reason chocolate is the go-to Valentine gift and why we crave it when we’re looking for some feel-good yumminess. Chocolate can cause a boost in dopamine (the feel good brain stuff) due to the presence of anandamide and phenylethylamine (or PEA). We should mention these effects are thought to be strongest in dark chocolates. Cacao also contains compounds which are linked to increasing serotonin in the brain.

R E D W I N E

One more cliched Valentine food … well drink! Simply, red wines contain resveratrol which can give the circulation and blood flow a kick before engaging in romantic relations. Furthermore a glass of vino can have a general relaxing effect on the body which all contributes to letting loose and getting in the mood.

C H I L I P E P P E R S

Hot and spicy chili peppers have been attributed to playing a role in getting a hot and spicy mood going! They contain capsaicin which can have a stimulating effect on our nerve endings and gets the blood flowing. Furthermore the physical effects of eating spicy food (increased heart rate, hotness and sweating) are not too dissimilar to the initial physical effects of arousal.

G A R L I C

Surprised? Maybe mix the garlic in with a few other flavours so your kisses remain sweet or pop a breath mint afterwards. Basically there is allicin in garlic, another one which helps with blood flow.

M A C A

With speculation still circulating regarding improved fertility maca has been a renowned supplement/herb for adults. Some studies have suggested that mama may possibly have a positive effect on increased sexual desire and improved sexual performance. Have you tried Alara’s Maca’s Secret cereal for adults yet?

H O N E Y

Did you know that the term “honeymoon” is derived from an old tradition where mead was gifted to the newlyweds? No smoke without fire they say! Honey contains boron which can both help the female body to metabolise estrogen and may stimulate testosterone production in the male body. Honey contains all sorts of nutrients, among them B vitamins which are needed in the body’s production of sex hormones.

P U M P K I N S E E D S

Well … if you’re romantic night ends up going on for a few hours you may need a snack. Why not some pumpkinseeds? They could be linked to increasing the amount of testosterone entering the blood. This is because of the magnesium content.

Remember you can find heaps of sexy foods as well as you know … regular (but delicious) foods in our online shop:
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Calling all romantics!
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What’s our favourite food? … Is “snacks” an acceptable answer?

Sometimes there is nothing like a good snack to get us through those energy hurdles in our day. We’ll never say no to some elevenses or a tasty treat to tie us over between meals. While it is easy to grab the nearest thing to give us that hit of energy, there is a lot to be gained from more conscious snacking. Make your snacks your own little power-ups by shaking things up and getting some variety into your snacking!

Here are some of our all time favourite sweet and savoury snacks and nibbles:

S W E E T

1. Banana & Almond Butter – just a nice dollop of our favourite nut butter on some banana chunks satisfies all our sweet cravings and tummy rumbles. Enjoy the same match-made-in-Heaven combination on a slice of wholesome bread by spreading the almond butter and slicing the banana.

2. Crunchy Clusters – There are heaps of recipes doing the rounds for this quick and easy pre-prepared snack. All it takes is choosing your favourite nuts and raisins and mixing them up with some good organic dark chocolate then spooning the mix into little mounds one a baking sheet then refrigerate till they set.

3. Jazzed Up Popcorn – Perhaps this one could fall into the savoury category too but a little shaving of fine organic dark chocolate atop your popped corn is a sure-fire way of giving your snack an added feel of decadence. A little sprinkle of apple cider vinegar can also enhance your popcorn experience while giving a nice little health boost.

4. Trail Mix – This is another one that just works a treat as you can tailor it to your own preference and make a load of it to store and dish out when snacks are needed. Assemble your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruits and perhaps some coconut flakes then through them all together and there you have it!

5. Almost Any Fruit! – Yeah, this one may seem like a bit of an obvious addition to the list. It is not without goo reason though. Snacking on fresh organic fruits can provide heaps more nutrients and every than the standard choccie biscuit or pack of crisps. Also with lots of exciting fruits to choose from we are spoiled for choice. Dates are one of our personal favourites. A little goes a long way with these sweet joys but having to eat around the pip makes for more conscious eating and more savouring!

S A V O U R Y

6. All About Hummus! – We do love hummus. There are so many different varieties you can both buy and make up yourself. It truly is one of the most refreshing snacks with some carrot, cucumber, celery or pepper sticks to dip in … or indeed some scrumptious veggie chips!

7. Tuna on Crackers – A little bit of good quality tinned tuna on some nice crackers makes for a delicious nibble between meals. Mix the tuna with some mayonnaise and small chopped veg before placing on the cracker and you’ve pretty much got a fancy hors d’oeuvre.

8. Avocado – This may sound a bit vague but avocados are just so satisfying in both taste and texture, we are talking about pretty much any avocado themed snack, be it some guacamole for dipping or even just plain perfect slices of avocado with a light sprinkling of sea salt (plain and simple but one of our staple snacks).

9. Seaweed – We recently posted on why we love sea veggies so much. While seaweeds are superbly versatile and great for mixing in with other dishes, they are also yummy to enjoy as a little nibble. Just a little serving could help appease salty food cravings.

10. Courgette Chips – A little preparation with this one, slice the courgette quite thinly then toss with a small bit of olive oil, sprinkle of paprika as well as some salt and pepper to flavour then simply bake in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.


These are but mere selection of our favourite snacks. We stock lots of yummy treats and snack and ingredients for DIY snacks in our stores both online and in Dublin.

We can not write a post on snacks without giving a quick shoutout to our all time favourite kale chips. You can find them online if you don”t feel like whipping some up yourself.

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BEEF BOURGUIGNON FOR 4 RECIPE
Looking for a hearty meal for four? Look no further!

You may well be familiar with our recipes at this stage as well as if – you’re Dublin based – our marvellous Organic Kitchen meals. If this is the case then you will be aware that our Organic Kitchen head chef Julien is a culinary genius and here is yet another one of his beautiful takes on a classic recipe for you to enjoy:

I N G R E D I E N T S

500g diced stewing beef
1/2 bottle of good Red Wine (Burgundy of possible)
1 Onion
2 Bay Leaves
4 tablespoons of Sunflower Oil
1 clove of Garlic
1/2 tube of Tomato Purée
1/2 tin of Chopped Tomatoes
100g of Smoked Bacon (lardons)
200g of Mushroom (cut in 4)
Salt and pepper

T O M A K E

In a hot pan pour 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil.
Fry of the diced beef little at the time. The meat needs to colour and if you put too much in the pan at the same time it will stew and be grey. It is not what we want because it will affect the end result taste.
Once that’s done, put your diced onions and the garlic clove with a tablespoon of oil in a large sauce pan. Cook the onion until soft and slightly brown. Add your fried diced beef to the onions.
Crank up the heat under the pot add your red wine. Have a glass:-) .
Bring to boil, add your bay leaves salt pepper chopped tomatoes and tomato purée. Stir well.
Add another 1/2 litre of water.
Stir regularly.
Cook without cover under low heat for 2h30 min or until the meat isn’t chewy anymore. Add a bit more water if you see it evaporate too much.
While this is cooking fry of your mushrooms and lardons. Set aside until the stew is ready.
Once the stew if cooked add the mushrooms and lardons.
Enjoy the stew with boiled potatoes or mash and the rest of that good bottle you opened!
We hope you enjoy this beautiful beef bourguignon! Find some ingredients plus heaps more deliciousness on our online shop:
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HUGE WINE, CHOCOLATE & CRISP SALE!
Yah know what? Feck dry January and all this detox overload. Don't get us wrong, we are all about being healthy and eating wholesomely. Every once in a while though you gotta treat yourself and what better way to do so than with some organic yumminess? Here to put the "good" in "goodies". We have some great offers.
ONLINE:
15% OFF ALL WINE CASES
15% OFF ALL CHOCOLATE BARS
15% OFF ALL CRISPS
RATHGAR:
10% OFF ALL WINES
15% OFF ALL CHOCOLATE BARS
10% OFF A WIDE RANGE OF NEW COSMETICS
Our Malahide and Blackrock branches will be following suit too so hurry while it lasts. This sale will end by next Friday January 27th.
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SUPER SEAWEED SALE!
Have you tried any seaweed? They are perfect for snacking, giving a tasty and nutritional edge to salads and sneaking into rice dishes.

One of the greatest aspects of living on a relatively small island is the fact that wherever you live you are not immensely far away from the ocean. It also means that we can deliver our amazing organic produce to you anywhere in the country! However, back to the topic of the ocean – no doubt you have heard something through the grapevine about the health benefits of sea vegetables. Some of the benefits have been slightly exaggerated since one should generally consume seaweeds in smallish portions. So here we are going to focus mainly on the benefits (of which there are still many) you can get from just a small helping of magical Irish sea vegetables.

One gram of seaweed provides essentially all of your iodine intake requirements. The nice thing is that generally speaking a little seaweed goes a long way – a small sprinkle or dash of the stuff provides that unique and rich flavour while also serving your iodine requirements in one little portion. Iodine is not present in many foods but has a significant impact on both brain and thyroid function. Kelp and other seaweeds of a brownish hue (as opposed to green) are said to contain the most iodine. Unless advised otherwise by a medical professional, adults are recommended not to exceed a 600mcg consumption of iodine. As with most things, it is important to adopt an ‘everything in moderation approach’. That being said, it has been noted in recent years that there is an increase in iodine deficiency. This can be partly attributed to environmental factors and lack of iodine as well as iodine-blocking substances being present in many foods (notably certain fast foods). Iodine deficiency can present symptoms including a struggle with weight, fatigue and susceptibility to illness.

Terrific news for those looking for a plant-based source of calcium! Many seaweeds contain calcium. However given the small portions in which seaweed is consumed, it is important to source another supply of calcium such as broccoli (yep, broccoli is an excellent source of calcium).

Vitamin B12 also features in the nutritional profile of most seaweeds. This is another hard to come by nutrient which is particularly vital to those who follow a vegan lifestyle as it is fairly uncommon in plant-based foods. Vitamin B12 is vital for good energy levels.

Many seaweeds also provide a good dose of magnesium, selenium, iron and numerous other minerals.



W A K A M E

This brown seaweed possesses a substance called fucoxanthin. This substance has been linked in a recent study to the disintegration of fatty tissues by helping to prevent a build up of fatty cells while simultaneously promoting oxidation. Fucoxanthin also boosts liver function by aiding the production of DHA. DHA assists the body in lowering levels of bad cholesterol. Furthermore, particularly for the figure conscious, wakame is known for its powers against blowing due to the combination of calcium and magnesium which is present. This combination has something of a diuretic effect. The iodine presence has been linked to a lower risk of cancer, most notably observed in countries such as Japan where seaweeds such as wakame have traditionally been present in a balanced diet. The magnesium related to wakame’s ability to provide an energy boost while the low calorie, carbohydrate and fat content means it is a fairly weight-friendly snack which keeps one feeling satiated. A little wakame complements many a soup and salad very nicely. While it has many tremendous health benefits, those with severe obesity or sodium issues should be cautious due to moderately high levels of sodium.


C A R R A G E E N

Also known as carrageen moss or Irish moss, this is a very popular form of algae. Its binding and emulsifying capabilities are exemplary when used as an ingredient. The levels of potassium chloride in carrageen mean that it is pretty good at fighting mucus related ailments as well as having anti-bacterial and anti-viral capabilities. Some folks have been known to make a hot drink out of this sea vegetable when feeling a bit congested and bunged up. Like its other sea vegetable friends, carageen also has a nice nutrient profile which includes Vitamin B12, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iodine.


D I L L I S K

Particularly popular in Ireland, particularly as an old fashioned salty snack dillisk is also often referred to as dulse. This sea veg. contains more iron than any other sea vegetable. Potassium is also notably present, helping keep a steady heart beat and an equilibrium of bodily fluids. Dulse also has a fairly ideal ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.


S E A S P A G H E T T I

This stringy sea vegetable makes for a wonderful and nutritious alternative to conventional spaghetti. It is also known as himanthalia elongate. It contains that wonderful list of nutrients and minerals which are present in all a these seaweeds. Sea spaghetti also contains traces of zinc, manganese and copper.


K O M B U

Another brown sea vegetable, kombu contains an abundance of iodine (as well as all those other nutrient and minerals we have listed as being present in most seaweeds). Kombu holds beta-carotene which gives it its specific pigmentation. This well known antioxidant plays a role in benefiting mental health. Further benefiting mental health, kombu also contains the amino acid taurine which helps to regulate excitations in the body’s nervous system. This sea vegetable is also known for being a good source of energy. Some research has actually pointed out an ability to make beans less gas-inducing as certain enzymes in the kombu assist the breaking down of certain sugars in beans!

Call us mermaids cause we are mad for seaweed this week! That’s why we are knocking 10% off the price of all our oceanic veg.
Sea Salad which contains wakame
Carrageen
Dillisk
Sea Spaghetti
Kombu

Please share your favourite ways of including sea vegetables in your meals in the comments below.
All of the sea vegetables listed here as well as many a land-grown product are available in our online shop: www.organicsupermarket.ie



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SUPER ORGANIC APPLE CYDER VINEGAR – Less Than a Tenner for 2 Litres!

Lord knows we could all use a nice pick-me-up this time of year!

We know we have mentioned it a few times by now but we simply LOVE apple cider vinegar!

Aspall Cyder Vinegar is a beautifully fragrant and nutritious unpasteurised cider vinegar. It is wonderfully versatile. You can use it in cooking, it is a fantastic ingredient in salad dressings or try utilising it in health remedies.

While the benefits of cider vinegar have not been medically proven, countless users have reported truly outstanding experiences and benefits.

Magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium and potassium are all present in Aspall Cyder Vinegar. Due to the presence of these minerals cider vinegar may have a detoxifying effect on the body, dissolving phlegmy mucous and possibly oxidising the blood.

Someone with a debilitating illness should consult a doctor before making any dietary changes. However some of the reported benefits of Aspall Cyder Vinegar include cholesterol reduction, assisted weight loss, ease of arthritis and blood pressure stabilising.

Some have speculated that the cyder vinegar can even help combat fatigue. Goodness knows this time of the year we’d take an energy boost!

Because we adore Aspall Cyder Vinegar so much and feel its myriad of benefits and uses are terrific we are offering a 2 for €9.50 offer on our 1L bottles. That is 2 litres of super organic apple cyder vinegar for less than a tenner!

Let us know how and why you like to use apple cyder vinegar in the comments below. Be sure to check out our glorious online shop:
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Who says comfort food can’t be healthy?

Christmas may be a fading memory by now. That said, it is still undeniably winter! Today we are looking at some of our favourite winter veggies as they are not just magnificently hearty and wholesome but bursting with all sorts f nutritional benefits too.

Do you have any favourite winter-y recipes? We would love to hear them in the comments below or in our Facebook recipe exchange group.

Have we left out any favourite winter vegetables? Tell us in the comments below. Here we will be looking at potatoes, beetroot, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots.

POTATOES

Because of it’s starchy properties, the potato’s health benefits often get left in the shadows.
Most of the sodium which can be associated with potato consumption can be avoided be consuming potatoes in their natural unprocessed state as opposed to chips and crisps. Lower sodium intake can play a part in lowering blood pressure. Furthermore the presence of calcium, magnesium and potassium in the potato may also have a role in decreasing blood pressure.
As well as potassium, potatoes also have a good deal of fibre in them and this contributes to keeping a healthy heart, especially since they are also significantly low in cholesterol.
Furthermore the fibre content also helps maintain a well-functioning digestive tract. Most of the fibre is found in the skin on the potato. It can also promote regular bowel movements and therefor potentially help the prevention of colon cancer.
Potatoes are also associated with having certain anti-inflammatory abilities on account of the Vitamin C and potassium content as well as the body’s ability to digest them moderately easily.
Potato skins contain a flavanoid called quercetin which possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits.
The Vitamin B6 in potatoes mean that they make a nice dietary addition for anyone interested in promoting the health of their nervous system since B6 is imperative for cellular renewal. B6 also aids the production of serotonin and dopamine. So the presence of potatoes in the diet can play a positive role for those combatting depression or stress.
The effect of humble potato on brain health does not stop there, however. other B complex vitamins can be found in the potato as well as B6. Although people sometimes shun the potato because of it’s carbohydrate and glucose levels, these components are necessary for providing energy to the brain. The potassium content which we mentioned earlier further helps to ensure the brain receives sufficient blood as potassium assists the widening of blood vessels. The iron in potatoes helps get more blood to the old brain too.
As well as iron and potassium, potatoes also contain notable levels of manganese, zinc, phosphorous and copper. Bone strength is maintained by the presence of these minerals, particularly the zinc, phosphorous, iron, calcium and magnesium.
Vitamin C which can be found in potatoes mean they can play a part in fighting certain cancers due to VitmaminCs ability to assist the removal of free radicals in the body. Vitamin C is also battles the negative effects the sun and pollution have on the skin as well as promoting the production of collagen.
Potatoes have earned a bad rep in recent times due to their glycemic load. This can be a problem for those trying to fight obesity. However, potatoes also help one to feel fuller for longer due to their fibre content. Many negative effects of potatoes can be lessened while the nutritional benefits can be enjoyed if they are prepared in a wholesome way. Chips can still be enjoyed if you oven bake them in a nutritious oil such as coconut oil rather than deep fry them. Potatoes are also commonly loaded with saturated fat rich toppings. Instead try swapping the butter and creams for some tuna, hummus or olive oil. Yummy!
While potatoes are often associated with weight gain, they can be very beneficial as part of a healthy lifestyle. They can be particularly good for athletes as potassium and sodium found in the skin help to replenish electrolytes lost due to intense perspiration.

BEETROOT

Beets are fantastic for energy. Due to the high nitrate content of beetroot juice the juice of this vegetable makes for a great pick-me-up. The resulting increase in oxygen uptake makes it something of a cool alternative sports drink. Beets can help those suffering fatigue as they do for those with anaemia. This is due to the substantial iron content. This iron presence as well as that of B vitamins means beets can be very good for pregnant women since the two both contribute to the growth of new cells. The iron is also good for blood loss. Also beneficial to pregnant women is the folic acid which is present. Folic acid is vital to the development of an unborn infant’s spinal chord.
We hear of a lot of foods, mostly comprising of a plethora of vegetables being a great source of dietary fibre. Interestingly, some recent studies have suggested that not all fibre is the same. Notably, the fibre found in both carrots and beetroot are particularly beneficial to the digestive tract and cardiovascular system. This fibre may play a role in the prevention of colon cancer. Beetroot also assist the removal of bad LDL cholesterol from the body. At the same time they also help the production of good HDL cholesterol which is important.
Vitamin C is notably present in beetroot. This contributes to beetroot’s position as an antioxidant-rich vegetable.Vitamin C, while essential for everyone, has particular benefits for those with asthma. It prompts the production of white blood cells which of course play a vital part in our defence systems against fungi, bacteria and illness creating particles.
Beets can be good for the prevention of ailments such as osteoporosis since it contains silica. This mineral helps the body to correctly employ and use calcium.
Beets are also a good source of beta-carotene. We have spoken extensively about this wonderful nutrient in our past couple of seasonality updates. Another benefit of it is that it helps prevent macular degeneration.
We already mentioned the presence of nitrates in beetroots. This also allows them to help combat high blood pressure. Blood vessels can widen as a result of the production of nitric oxide.
While beets can help the liver in detoxifying the blood, those with gall bladder and kidney stones should exercise caution since beetroot can irritate stones if they are present in either of these organs.
Fresh beetroot as well as cartoned beetroot juice are available from our online store www.organicsupermarket.ie . Why not try out one of our wonderful veg. boxes and include some beetroot.

PUMPKIN

Ever feel pretty stuffed after munching on some lovely pumpkin meat? Pumpkins are quite filling. This is largely due to their high fibre content. Fibre isn’t just nifty for those concerned with weight-loss but is also vital to the smooth running of our bodies in general and can greatly benefit heart health.
Antioxidant central! Pumpkins contain a nice dose of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene. These antioxidants are multitaskers to say the least. They help clear the body of free radicals and thus can help to boost your immune system and benefit your skin health too. We can’t say no to something that promotes protected, healthy glowing skin! These vitamins also aid ocular health, meaning that the addition to a bit of pumpkin in the diet could do wonders for our sight.
We have mentioned the importance of potassium in several of our previous articles. Potassium and pumpkins are no strangers to each other. The presence of potassium in the pumpkin makes it an important player in diets aimed at protecting gainst high blood pressure. Proper potassium consumption has also been linked to protection against the deveopment of kidney stones, lower risk of stroke and helps the loss of muscle mass. It also assists the bodies re-balance of electrolytes following a workout, making pumpkin themed meals something you could look forward to after that gym session or run or whatever you do to get up and going!
We mentioned the presence of Beta-Carotene. This nutrient goes further and has even been linked to the lowered risk of developing cancers when included in a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Thyroid function can benefit from some pumpkin in the diet. Pumpkins contain Vitamin B2 which is also know as Riboflavin. This nutrient can boost thyroid function. Please remember that both underactive and overactive thyroid issues should be monitored by a medical doctor and please consult a medical professional if you have any concerns about dietary changes!
Speaking of B Vitamins. The pumpkin offers a nice dose of Vitamin B12 which can help boost energy despite the vegetables low calorie value. B12 assists the bodies absorption of important nutrients.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Similar to the aforementioned pumpkin, butternut squash contains a good helping of Beta-Carotene. A further benefit of this nutrient is its effects on respiratory health. The risk of developing asthma is speculated to be lower in folks who consume healthy amounts of Beta-Carotene. Again, this nutrient can also play a part in the prevention of certain cancers.
Butternut squash is quite similar to the pumpkin overall although the taste of each differs excitingly. This squash has a similar antioxidant profile to the pumpkin (read above for benefits for eyesight and skin). In fact butternut squash has even more Vitamin A than the good old pumpkin.
There are minerals a plenty present in the butternut squash. These include manganese, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and calcium.
Yet again similar to the pumpkin, butternut squash is considered to be a high fibre food while maintaining a low amount of calories.

SWEET POTATOES

Ok we do love our spuds and they will always have a place in our hearts but sweet potatoes are just so dang cool! They are every bit as versatile as the traditional spud and their taste in incomparably amazing.
One of the main reasons you may have noticed a rise in the popularity of the sweet potato is due to the role the play in maintaining blood sugar. They score quit low on the glycemic index and the energy release they provide is fairly steady so no mad sugar rushes.
There is a fair amount of betacarotene present in this veg as well as other carotenoids . These are antioxidants which can boost the health of our immune systems and eyesight. They are also considered a good veggie to include in the diet as they can help the prevention of cancers.
Sweet potatoes can help keep your kidneys, heart and nerves ship shape with their potassium content.
There are a tonne of other nutrients and minerals present so we’ll just name a few off the bat: iron, magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin A.

PASRNIPS

As sweet and comforting as they may be, parsnips also provide all sorts of nutrients including a nice helping of antioxidants. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are present. They can help to neutralize certain toxins which pose a risk to the bodies ability to fight diseases. Furthermore Vitamic C assists the production of collagen which is essential for resilience.
Bone health can benefit from the humble parsnip. The contents of Manganese and Vitamin K make this possible. Vitamin K also plays an important role in blood clotting.
High blood pressure may be lowered and stress on the heart alleviated with the inclusion of a little parsnip in a healthy lifestylee plan. This is due to the potassium in the parsnip!
Parsnips are a good source of soluble fibre. This fibre content provides a vital role in numerous different bodily departments as we have mentioned before. On top of this, the fibre here which is of the soluble kind has been linked to playing a particular role in the reduction of unhealthy LDL cholesterol as well as a reduced risk of developing diabetes.
It comes as no surprise that the low calorie content coupled with the high fibre content of parsnips make them a popular choice for some folks who see a need to shift a couple of pounds.

CARROTS

Carrots really could be called nature’s toothbrush! The raw veg’s crunchy texture means it stimulates the gums and essentially removes all in its way on your teeth when you’re munching down. They also instigate the production of alkaline saliva which can help remove acid-dwelling baddies in the mouth!
Antixodiants galore! There we go, another winter veggie rich with antioxidants. Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene are all there. Vitamin A can help with the elimination of toxins from the liver. As we said before this antioxidant presence does absolute wonders for the skin as well.
Carrots can also benefit heart health due to the effects of their dietary fibre and the effects of their potassium on blood pressure.
Can carrots help us to see in the dark? The old incentive to eat them up did not come out of nowhere. The vitamins and antioxidants in carrots most certainly can play a role on boosting sight and eye health. Rhodopsin is necessary for night vision and can come from Vitamin A which gets transformed into Rhodopsin in the retina.

Remember to come visit us for your weekly stock of veg and much much much more at:
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HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS
Here are our hours for the festive period. We hope you all have a peaceful Christmas week and blessed year ahead. Thank you for your custom and support this past year.
We shall be offering a delivery service this Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th. However it will be limited to 10 orders for South Dublin addresses only. This service will be offered on a first come, first serve basis so if you would like a Christmas Eve delivery, please specify when placing your order before this Wednesday.
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SAVE MONEY & HELP OTHERS
We have knocked 10% off ALL our gourmet food hampers. When you buy one we will donate 5% of the cost to Focus Ireland. We want to help make your Christmas shopping a little easier while contributing to a hugely important cause. Help beat Christmas shopping and homelessness in one go!
We have also knocked a great big 20% OFF ALL ORGANIC CHRISTMAS FOODS in our online shop too.
Please like & share to spread the word and check out our hampers and more here:
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