CN Bring Quality, Focus & Taste To Their New Menu

CN Bring Quality, Focus & Taste To Their New Menu

The aim when developing the new CN meals was to create tasty food that provides slow releasing energy, a feeling of fullness and a real emphasis on nutrition value without complicating things in any way. Together with CN we have achieved that by creating some highly nutritious, tasty and balanced meals for their new menu. …more

Why You Should Eat Mussels

Why You Should Eat Mussels

Why Mussels? We often think of mussels as a holiday food when really, we should think about them as a delicious and healthy meal we can eat at home or when out for dinner. If you consider the ingredients of soft paella rice, bacon, prawns and mussels the nutritional value of this meal is perfect… …more

Common Cold – Prevention Vs Cure?

Common Cold – Prevention Vs Cure?

At this time of year people start spending more time indoors, on public transport and are less likely to be out exercising in the fresh air. As a result, people are more often in close proximity to each other in damper environmental conditions. With all of these factors, colds, infections, coughs and other respiratory illnesses spread more easily and become more frequent. We have entered “cold season”. …more

A Healthy Obsession With Dark Chocolate

A Healthy Obsession With Dark Chocolate

You might be surprised to hear that there are some healthy treats out there that do not require slavish commitment to nonsense like the “low fat” or “light” snack option. Dark chocolate while perhaps not everybody’s first choice, is a healthy alternative and is an excellent treat or dessert if you are looking for something healthy to satisfy your sweet tooth. …more

The Health Buzz On Coffee

The Health Buzz On Coffee

How many cups of coffee can I drink per day? If you do drink coffee, what’s the optimal amount? We give you the answers.. Coffee, along with water and tea, is one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. It is such an integral part of some people’s daily routine that they believe they simply can’t function in the morning without it. …more

Hydration – What is our body’s requirement for fluid?

Hydration – What is our body’s requirement for fluid?

It is well established that water is essential for life and optimal physical well-being. We are well accustomed to the message that most people need to drink more water and that dehydration has implications for our health, but how much more do we need to be drinking, and what is our body’s requirement for fluid? …more

Green Tea – One Of Natures Greatest Drinks

Green Tea – One Of Natures Greatest Drinks

Green Tea – One Of Natures Greatest Drinks. Green tea has been consumed for centuries in Asian countries, particularly China, where it originates. Green tea has not only a major part of Chinese and Asian culture for its unique taste and social significance, but it has also long been associated with health promoting and therapeutic properties. In recent years green tea has become much more common in Western societies, and can now be found on nearly all restaurant and café menus as well as in any decent health food store. …more

12 ways to get your diet on track for better health or performance

12 ways to get your diet on track for better health or performance

All too frequently the nutrition headlines that grab our attention relate to quick fixes or short term solutions for our health or appearance. We never get tired of hearing that there is a new, faster and easier way to achieve our health goals, be it lose fat, gain muscle or “tone up”. If you are serious about your health and you want realistic strategies to achieve your goals then you need to accept that it requires effort, planning and consistency. …more

Porridge – The Breakfast Of Champions?

Porridge – The Breakfast Of Champions?

Oats are a very versatile food product used for making flour, cookies, bread, desserts and even brewing beer, but are most well-known as a breakfast staple in the form of porridge, muesli and granola. Should you eat porridge oats for breakfast every day? …more

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

People are often keen to know if there is a specific food that they should eat or a supplement that they take in order to help them strengthen their immune system or improve their overall health. We believe that people can get the vast majority of their essential nutrients from a balanced and varied diet based on the consumption of whole, natural and unprocessed foods, but there is at least one exception to that – vitamin D. …more

FoodFlicker Christmas Hamper

FoodFlicker Christmas Hamper

Call it a Festive Survival Kit, or call it a New Year Kick-start Kit, or just call it a Healthy Christmas Hamper! We know this can be a tricky proposition during the festive period so we have brought together some of our favourite products, including some of the best of Irish, so you, your family and friends can enjoy the festive season and kick-start the New Year. …more

FoodFlicker & Gourmet Food Parlour: Bringing our philosophy to a table near you

FoodFlicker & Gourmet Food Parlour: Bringing our philosophy to a table near you

Eating well in cafes and restaurants while being consistent with a philosophy of fresh, minimally-processed, high quality and locally-sourced ingredients is always challenging, especially if you don’t want to sacrifice taste. Well, we are doing our best to ease that problem! We are delighted to announce that FoodFlicker has recently begun a partnership with Gourmet Food Parlour. …more

Nutrition To Recover and Heal Post Marathon

Nutrition To Recover and Heal Post Marathon

Running a marathon takes a huge toll on your body, but if you don’t follow the key steps to aid your recovery, you put yourself at risk for picking up an infection or simply having an extended recovery time where you feel fatigued. Recovery from a marathon is more than a 12-24 hour process, such that for two to three days after the race you should continue to focus on all aspects of recovery to allow your body recover properly, and get back on the roads. …more

Eggs –  Healthy by nature or something that should be avoided at all costs?

Eggs – Healthy by nature or something that should be avoided at all costs?

Despite substantial research on the topic, confusion still remains about the value of including eggs in the diet, if at all, or whether they might actually cause more harm than good. What about cholesterol? That dietary cholesterol from foods such as eggs contributes very little to total cholesterol levels in the blood provides just another example of how genuinely healthy foods can mistakenly get a bad name. …more

Fuelling Peak Performance On Match Day

Fuelling Peak Performance On Match Day

With the All Ireland football final coming up this Sunday, many county finals taking place throughout the country and the rugby season now under way, it seems appropriate to discuss nutrition best practice in preparation for match day performance.

Most athletes know nutrition is important for peak performance. However, many do not know what, how much and when to eat in the lead-up to games.

Although coaches and players have different beliefs about what athletes should eat, the primary nutrition goals in the lead-up to games are to maximise energy stores with appropriate foods and to ensure you are well-hydrated.

Carbohydrate is the main macro-nutrient that athletes must consume, as the primary source of energy the body relies on during high-intensity exercise. …more

How To Stay In shape On Holiday

How To Stay In shape On Holiday

Nutrition for staying in the best possible shape when holiday while still enjoying your break. Whilst on a break abroad recently, it struck me that there are many misconceptions and lack of information in relation to managing nutrition and lifestyle choices while on holiday. A holiday often prompts the notion of a good “blow out”, and many of us will justify the excess eating and drinking as a break from the norm, and something that we can fix when we get back. While change is good and holidays are well-deserved, they can be enjoyed without undoing all of your training and hard work in the lead-up to your holiday, and without sacrificing too much of the things that we all enjoy about the time away. …more

Practice Tips: Rest and Recovery Day Meals

Practice Tips: Rest and Recovery Day Meals

On a rest day, the main focus for athletes is to recover, rejuvenate and unwind. This doesn’t mean lying on the couch for the day as most athletes tend to be proactive about their recovery strategies, and this includes their food intake. …more

Practice Tips: The Super Smoothie

Practice Tips: The Super Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to meet a variety of nutrition targets. With the right blend of ingredients, the key elements of any fueling or recovery approach are addressed namely: 20 grams or more of protein, a source of carbohydrate and healthy fats, and a rich variety of micro-nutrients. …more

Practice Tips: Fuel-up with High Carb Breakfasts

Practice Tips: Fuel-up with High Carb Breakfasts

While there is some debate about whether carbohydrate is important for endurance sports, the consensus remains that fuelling-up with carbohydrate in the 24 to 48 hours before performance in high intensity and competitive team sports is the best approach. Here are two breakfast recipes that work well either on the day before or morning of a match that will assist you in hitting your fuelling targets …more

Practice Tips: High Protein Meals and Snacks

Practice Tips: High Protein Meals and Snacks

Why is there the need for high protein meals and snacks? For athletes in-season, maintaining a lean body mass (muscle) during a long intense season is key to performance and reducing injury risk, therefore making quality protein intake and timing a daily focus for athletes. The richest sources of protein in the diet are food like fish, meat, dairy, and eggs, whereas nuts, seeds, pulses and lentils score well although in smaller amounts. …more