Feeding Time - Five spots to try in Dublin for a healthy brunch this weekend
Because weekends were made for feasting.
However, at least you can go back for seconds if you chose to fill up your plate at one of these Dublin eateries, which boast nutritious fare and healthier takes on traditional breakfast dishes.
Here are some of our favourite places for a guilt free splurge on a leisurely weekend morning.
Newly opened in Dublin's CHQ Building in the Docklands, Freshii is an international chain of fresh, but fast, food. Originating in Canada, savvy businessmen Dave O'Donoghue and Cormac Manning decided to bring the franchise to Ireland as they saw a gap in the market for quick and nutritious options for busy workers and those on-the-go around the city centre. Every day, customers can chose from convenient juices, smoothies, salads, and there is even Kimchi options for the growing amount of consumers wary of improving their gut health.
Open Saturdays from 11am, stop in for a delicious grilled egg pocket, blueberry crumble or a mouthwatering breakfast burrito.
Eathos, pronounced ethos, should be the first port of call for those serious about wholesome, gourmet produce. The Upper Baggot Street eatery, café and patisserie that has gone down a treat with Dublin's health enthusiasts. The innovative and creative menu, with many dishes inspired by Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, offers delights such as chickpea burgers, koftas and shakshuka, with plenty of gluten, dairy and sugar free dishes available too.
Saturday brunch, available from 8.30am to 4.30pm, boasts exotic options such as breakfast galette, sweet potato rosti and exotic Acai bowls.
Now in three locations in Dublin (Fairview, Ballsbridge and Baggot Street), a good feed at this wholesome, clean-eating deli will take the edge off a weekend hangover. Their regular menu incorporates paleo and vegan salads, protein rich wraps, and mixed berry smoothies - all of which are available seven days a week.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 9am, stop in for baked protein porridge, omelette wraps, savoury pancakes or frittatas and grab a 3FE coffee to ease your way into the day.
Situated in the pretty town of Howth, North County Dublin, Grassroots is a one-stop shop incorporating a healthy cafe, organic food store and "specialises in all things green." Open from 9am on the weekends, expect vegan soups and stews, fallafel wraps with grilled haloumi, peanut butter smoothies or homemade granola with coconut milk.
An ideal option for families or if your dining partner prefers a more sinful treat, Mooch on Dawson Street offers everything from Oreo-topped frozen yogurt to antioxidant rich green juices. If you're looking to fuel up for a busy day ahead, opt for something from their 'Natural Born Feeder' menu, devised in collaboration with top model Roz Purcell. Personal favourites are the vegan pancakes or waffles, which come topped with fruit, nuts and maple syrup or coconut cream. Throw in one of Roz's marshmallow, Ferrero Roche or cookie dough flavoured protein balls too while you're at it, for an energy burst that will last all day.