Food Diary : My Latest Healthy Eats

Mung Beans

These are the most unappealing looking things (once cooked) but oh so tasty and packed with a ton of vitamins and protein. I think – like a lot of health conscious ladies – I try to get protein in in any way possible. So apart from my usual eggs, chicken, fish and nuts I source protein in things like spinach, chick peas and now, mung beans!


Nutritionally, mung beans literally come to the table offering vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as vitally important minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. A decent amount of fiber is accompanied by a hefty 20% of protein. Not too bad.

You have to soak them overnight (be sure to cover them in water and allow for expansion) and then boil them. The best thing about these is that you don’t need any flavourings whatsoever. Super clean!

Top Tip: Be careful, after 2/3 days in the fridge, these babies go off so you can eat them the next day or throw them out. Because once they go off, you’ll know all about it!


Skelligs Sugar Free Irish Chocolate

Okay, so I am a chocoholic. I always have been, the difference is that I just choose sugar free now. I always have the Lidl 85% dark chocolate in stock and eat the odd square when I feel like a treat. This sugar free chocolate from Irish brand Skelligs Chocolates is significantly tastier however, and a little closer to the ‘real thing’ than dark chocolate.


I picked up this bar in Avoca at a hefty €3.45 but who doesn’t need a treat now and then?  You can see their full lists of stockists nationwide (or buy it online!) here. 

Summer Salads

I’ve got a thing for salads. I can’t hold back on a really good one and theres none I don’t like! The difference with Summer salads is that they are much brighter, lighter and full of colours. Especially if they are grown in your back garden!


Its a known fact that the more colour you have in your salads the more vitamins and minerals you are feeding yourself. This year (just like last year) we are growing an array of organic fruit and veg in the garden and my excitement about this fresh produce has to be contained.

Top Tip: When it comes to dressings, cheese, croutons and bacon, avoid ’em. As much as you can at least. I’m cheeses’ biggest fan but the recommended daily allowance is the size of a match box. Anything more will bump up your calorie and saturated fat (the bad fat) intake.  Leave the croutons and bacon behind and be wise about your dressing. Less is more. Balsamic Vinegar is my personal dressing of choice!


Berries are so tasty now that they are in season. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries…the lot! You can get them in Lidl, Aldi or buy the frozen ones (handy for smoothies) in Dunnes Stores. They’re pricey enough so we’re growing our own strawberries this year, all we need is some sunshine!


Top Tip : Berries are full of anti-oxidants and best eating in the morning. I use mine on my porridge or with some natural yogurt and a sprinkle of coconut for a sweet snack. I can’t get enough of them!


Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t eat out. I don’t know how many times I’ve preached this, but its honestly so true. You really just have to make the right choices rather than see it as an opportunity to indulge yourself.

Asian food is one of my favourite cuisines and to me, Wagamama does a pretty good job of it in a very speedy manner.  Their dishes are fresh, but hearty and contain a lot of ‘sticky white rice’ and noodles – all to be avoided. Their best-seller Chicken Katsu Curry has almost 1,200 per portion!


However, I chose the a new addition to their menu called the Coconut Chicken Salad;

“chicken poached in coconut milk with mixed irish seaweeds, carrot, spring onions, rocket, broccoli and alfalfa sprouts with a spicy miso mayonnaise. garnished with pumpkin and sesame seeds”

A tasty concoction for sure.

Top Tip: Other healthier options on the menu include raw juices, edamame with chilli salt and the other salad selections on the menu of course.


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Stephanie O'Quigley