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Get Your Pulses Racing

Did you know that the United Nations has declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses?

Stop yawning at the back of the class.  Pulses (aka beans, lentils and dried legumes) are packed with nutrients, and are a fantastic source of protein, which is particularly important for our health.

Pulses are made up of about 20-25% of protein by weight, which is double the protein content of wheat and triple that of rice. When eaten together with cereals, the protein quality in the diet is significantly improved and a complete protein is formed. Pulses have a low fat content and contain zero cholesterol. They are low GI, a great source of dietary fibre and naturally gluten free.

Additionally, pulses are rich in minerals (iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc) and B-vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, and folate) all of which play a vital role in health. And it gets even better – pulses are so easy to cook and really cheap to buy.

So why don’t we all eat pulses every week?  Probably because they’re  seen as a bit hippy and many people don’t really know what to do with them.  Helpfully our chums at Independent Irish Health Foods have produced these handy little guides that explain what pulses are, how to cook them and some tasty recipe ideas to get you started.  We’ll set your pulses racing yet.

Introducing New Almond MLK

As you know we are always on the lookout for new products from Irish Artisan food producers that are as passionate about food as we are.

We now stock MLK hand made fresh Almond milk from Co Limerick. It’s raw and made by hand from activated almonds.

MLK is 20% almonds – that’s ten times more almonds than your average supermarket brand – and has no added oils or thickeners.

It’s delivered fresh every Tuesday and we think you’ll like it as much as we do.

Happy New Year

We’re back in harness now after our extended Christmas break.  We’re feeling refreshed and raring to go for a New Year despite the weather.

Do drop in and say hello and tell us about your Christmas.

Also, don’t forget to pick up one of these free useful little pocket diaries from our friends at the Irish Association of Health Stores.

Christmas Opening Hours

We are open from 9.30 – 5.30  as usual on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  On Christmas Eve we will be open from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

We are taking a short break this year between Christmas and New Year, so we will re-open at 9.30am on Saturday 2nd January 2016.

Many thanks to everyone who shopped local this year, we really appreciate your business.

Have a great Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016.

Dr Hauschka In Store Event

Dr Hauschka skin care consultant Yolande will be back in store offering FREE mini facials on Friday 27th November from 2.00pm til 5.30pm.

Yolande is a bit of a star & her in store events are hugely popular. Appointments are sure to book up quickly.

To book your appointment drop in store or give us a ring on 058 23901. Go on, treat yourself.

Stir It Up!

Oh God, the year’s flying.  The October Bank Holiday is upon us already.

This is traditionally the weekend of “Stir up Sunday”, when the puddings, cakes and mincemeat are made for Christmas.

Its been amazing this week, the number of people who have been stocking up with their ingredients for a big baking session.

We have everything you need, including nuts, spices and more dried fruit than you could shake a stick at – dates, sultanas, raisins, currants, mixed peel, cherries, apricots, stem ginger – you name it.  We also have the best range of flour for miles, so if its wheat, spelt, gluten free or something more exotic, we can help.

The weather forecast for the weekend is dreadful, so just stay in and bake!

Palm Free Irish Handmade Soaps

As you know, we are always on the lookout for new Irish products & we have just discovered a a lovely new range of Handmade Irish Soaps which are in store now.

Made in Scarriff Co Clare, they are Palm Oil free & contain all natural ingredients.

I love to read an ingredient list that begins with “filtered Irish rainwater” and then goes on to list just natural oils, butters and essential oils.

There are six varieties in all. Four vegan varieties are: Seaweed, Rosewater, Classic Irish Lavender and Lemon Freesia.  The two vegetarian varieties are Organic Honey and (the one I’m  particularly taken with)  Goat’s Milk & Porter.

Vote for Dungarvan as a Foodie Town

We all know that Dungarvan is a real food destination, with our award winning restaurants, wonderful local food producers, dedicated retailers and fantabulous food festival.

Now we have a chance to have our foodie status formally recognised.  Dungarvan has been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland as a Foodie Town.

The judges will be in Town later in September and all the food shops & restaurants will be putting on a show for them.  But the public can also help.  50% of the marks are awarded after a You’re A Star type vote.  So getting voting now using the link below:

Be quick, voting closes on 2nd October

We’re very pleased to say that this week we have become the latest stockists of products from Viridian Nutrition, the award winning brand of ethical vitamins.

We really like this brand because of their comitment to purity, environment & quality.

Did you know that 50% of a tablet is made up of glues, known as binders, to hold the tablet together? For most people this is just an irritating fact, but for people who are hyper allergenic, this can be a real issue.

By making their capsules, liquids and powders as pure and simple as possible, avoiding all the nasties, Viridian have shown that it is possible to make a range of nutritional supplements acceptable for the majority of people.

Of course, we will still stock all of our regular brands like Solgar, Higher Nature & Terra Nova.  But with the addition of Viridian products, we’re now confident that we have by far the best selection of top quality vitamins & minerals in the area.

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