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‘Mother’ Nature’s Gift

April 25 2014 at 16:22

Apple Cider Vinegar! How do you take it? Most of you have probably heard about this extraordinary super substance. If not – have no fear! We have a little summary right here.

The Mother
Chances are the first tip you will receive about taking apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is that it has to contain the ‘mother’. The ‘mother’ is the thicker brown cloudy substance which you can see resting at the base of an ACV bottle. ACV is produced by crushing fresh apples and letting them ferment naturally in barrels. The ‘mother’ is present when the ACV is raw, unfiltered, untreated and abundant in all its natural goodness.

Apple Cider What?
Although ACV is a fermented product those suffering candida and related problems need not turn away – in fact you should be excited! ACV is one of the most powerful antifungal and antibacterial substances in nature. ACV and wholesome variations have been revered in medicine since ancient times Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine prescribed ACV for numerous ailments. Christopher Columbas stored barells of the stuff when he set sail in 1492 as it was known to combat scurvy.
One may wonder why everyone on the planet is not still downing the stuff daily. Down the years vinegar manufacturers have simply found quicker and easier methods of producing vast quantities of a visually cleaner product which tastes of vinegar and looks appealing on a shop shelf.

Brilliant News
The best thing about ACV is that everyone can benefit infinitely from just a mere tablespoon of the stuff on a daily basis. It would be faster to list off what conditions ACV does not benefit since it is very few. So here are just some of the conditions which are considered to be prevented, remedied and/or soothed by ACV :
• Premature aging (and its symptoms)
• Digestive problems
• Acid reflux
• Sore throats (nice mixed with a sup of honey)
• Kidney & bladder ailments (including UTIs)
• High blood pressure
• Arthritis & joint pain
• Candida
• Certain lymph problems
• Mucus buildups and stuffy noses
• Excess weight
• Dandruff (combine a couple spoons of ACV with water and leave on hair for 15 minutes)
• Hiccups (maybe not a major problem but a teaspoon of ACV will sort those out in a jiffy!)
When ACV is taken as part of a healthy lifestyle a few of the benefits include overall improved health and vitality, perfect bowl movements (don’t blush – it’s a good thing!), clear skin, a more alkalised body, good blood consistency, regular menstruation (for the ladies) and a nice snappy metabolism.

This is a very brief account on the wonders of ACV. Still, we have to wonder what it is that makes this vinegar so darn magical. The rejuvenating properties of ACV can be put down to:
1. Potassium – Apples contain a generous helping of this. Deficiency is surprisingly widespread and it’s symptoms include lethargy, irritability, lackluster hair, increased aging and general fatigue. Potassium can be considered the elixer of youth. Potassium flushes out the arteries, clogged with toxins and cholesterol.
2. Pectin – A soluble fiber which promotes happy heart health
3. Malic Acid – The reason for its antifungal powers
4. Amino Acids – Give us some protein!
5. An abundance of vitamins & minerals
Down the hatch
The simplest method of taking your ACV is to simply swig a tablespoon of the stuff . Of course there are countless ways of incorporating ACV in your diet y adding it to juices or smoothies, using it as a condiment (scrumptious on oven-baked sweet potato fries by the way!), a salad dressing or just dashing a bit on whatever you fancy. We mentioned earlier that ACV is great for digestion. Take a fraction of a teaspoon before a meal to digest with ease. Have you caught a cold? Mix some in with a warm honey and lemon tonic to fight it off.
So there you have it! It may be wonderful but don’t go downing a whole bottle at once!

We stock the Biona, Braggs and Dynamic Health brands. Give them a whirl and pick your favourite. They are available both in-store and in our online shop.
Hurray we should also mention we’ve knocked 20% off our 946ml Braggs apple cider vinegar.

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Irish Seasonality Update April

April 07 2014 at 15:06

Quick Seasonality Update April:  In Ireland, April is a massive month for new season vegetables. Just coming into season we gain; asparagus, aubergines, carrots, cucumbers, pak choi, peppers, radish, scallions, tomatoes and the super powerhouse of spinach.

Spinach, originating in Asia, is used in virtually every cuisine.  The reason for it’s global popularity, is that when in season, it is a bumper nutritional gift for the body.  It’s rich in Vitamin A (skin & eyesight), packed with Vitamin K (bone building – remember ‘Popeye’?) and is a good source of Vitamin C (immune system), Vitamin E (kills free radicals), folic acid, calcium and iron.  It’s packed with antioxidants and it is also rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.   Try juicing, two large handfuls of spinach, 3 celery sticks, half cucumber and small quantity of ginger for the ultimate spring detox drink.

Coming out of season for the year we lose; Brussels sprouts, kale, leeks, parsnips.  Goodbye to the winter Veg.

Still in season, and at their nutritional best are cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, rhubarb and round lettuce.

Fruit is not yet in season, it will still be a month or so before we see the Irish berries again.  Irish apples are still good from storage. We gain some herbs this month, with basil, parsley, sage and thyme are all spring fresh.

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Google – a virtual walk around our store!

March 22 2014 at 21:24

Woo hoo.. Google has just released our internal street view of our shop, we are one of the first companies to do this, so if you have never been to our Blackrock Store, check this out and have a virtual walk around (you can walk all the way down to the back of the shop)…
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Same Day Delivery Dublin

March 07 2014 at 21:29

We now offer evening delivery in Dublin from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (to suit you office folk). Available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. In addition, we have now launched Saturday Dublin delivery… (to suit you all). The rest of the country is Next Business Day Delivery

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“Raw Cacao Nib Toffee Recipe” by Susan Jane White

March 06 2014 at 20:00

Sumptuously divine sample recipe and a reminder that number one bestselling author, Susan Jane White, will be signing copies of her new book in store this Saturday 8th at 11am. Recipes for wheat-free, sugar-free and dairy-free eating.

Raw Cacao Nib Toffee Recipe


Apparently, women think about chocolate more then men. Some scientists think this is because eating cacao helps release a cavalry of dopamine in the female brain, the same substance released during orgasm. It’s even been suggested that when women eat raw chocolate, it affects activity in the cerebral hemisphere responsible for regulating sexual desire. Only one way to find out…

1/2 cup date syrup
3 tablespoons extra virgin
coconut oil
1 mug light tahini (or 1 x
340g jar)
3 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
2 tablespoons carob powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt flakes

Makes 25–30 servings

Melt the date syrup and coconut oil together over a low heat. Add the remaining ingredients, mushing with a fork. Ensure the oil is well mixed. Taste, and adjust with vanilla or sweetener. Work quickly, as the oil will begin to separate from the other ingredients as soon as it starts cooling. It needs a warm environment. Line a small rectangular container (a little lunchbox perhaps?) with cling film so that it comes out over the sides. Transfer your gorgeous gooey gloss into the lined container and tickle with more cacao nibs (if you have any left). Transfer to the freezer for 4 hours before indulging. Store it there too, as it melts quite quickly at room temperature. Please share.

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