It’s the start of a new year and for many of us the start of a healthier lifestyle after all the overindulgences of the festive season. In 2022, eating healthier does not have to mean that we can’t have all the delicious produce grown locally to us. Quite the opposite, a healthier lifestyle should include as much locally grown goodness that we can get our hands on. The County of Cavan is home to some of the Country’s best wholesome and healthy food and drinks. Read on to hear all about healthy options Created in Cavan.

From delicious pure Irish honey, tasty sushi, tempting cuts of meat, and everything in between- here are some ideas to plan your food for the day.

Breakfast:

Some say the most important meal of the day and we totally agree. Cavan is famous for its delicious breakfast ingredients. If you want to leave the full Irish as a weekend treat then why not try a bowl of Bake n Tukka granola. Filled with 7 fruits, 7 seeds, 7 nuts and 7 spices- perfect for 7 days of the week! You can order this granola goodness online here or find a stockist here.

If you are not a granola lover then how about a big bowl of Muesli to start the day. The Good Crop Company in Belturbet produces its own brand of delicious organic muesli and also supply organic oats and gluten free oats. You can shop online here or find them at the Honest 2 Goodness market in Glasnevin every Saturday from 9am – 3pm.

Add some sweetness to your Granola or muesli with some Carrickfern pure Irish Honey. Honey has been linked to health benefits like improved heart health, wound healing, and blood antioxidant status. You can be assured that this honey is made from very happy bees in Cavan. You can pick up a jar of this golden goodness at the Cottage Market Cavan.

Another great breakfast option Created in Cavan is Boxty! Drummully Boxty Dumplings and Pan Boxty are made from 100% Irish Potatoes and nothing else. Healthy, gluten Free and low in fat, Drumully Boxty it a popular choice for a healthier breakfast. Pick up a packet at any of the stockists here.

Margaret Farrelly of Clonarn Clover and O’Egg, Ireland’s largest independent supplier, of free range eggs . Pic Sean Curtin Photo

A delicious accompaniment with boxty are some fresh eggs. Enjoy them scrambled, poached, boiled or however you like. Eggs are loaded with high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats, and various trace nutrients. Margaret’s Eggs come from the happiest hens in the Country. For more than 30 years Margaret Farrelly and her family have been 100% dedicated free range, and always will be, so that you can feel 100% good about the eggs you eat. You can pick up Margaret’s eggs in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Super Valu or Centra.

We even have you covered for a great cup of tea in the morning. HealthTea blends are made in Cavan, using only the best flowers & herbs that nature provides.  Each blend a fusion of flavours that taste great both hot & cold. Roisín’s teas contain no additives, no artificial colours, and no chemicals. You can order online here.

Lunch:

Whether you enjoy a small lunch or a bigger meal then there are lots of options Created in Cavan. Any of the options above are just as tasty for lunch but for something a bit more filling why not try some Sushi!

Where Japanese Culture meets Irish ingredients. Sushi is a very healthy meal! It’s a good source of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids thanks to the fish it’s made with. Sushi Mania began in January 2021 creating quirky, Irish, outstanding fresh sushi and condiments. Trading Wednesday till Sunday from 12pm until 10pm from their production kitchen in the Virginia Show Centre. This is a perfect Lunch or Dinner option.

For a sweet treat for lunch then why not check out the delicious options from Charlene’s Wholesome Pantry. Charlene produces seed, fruit, and nut slices as well as energy balls.  The business was born in 2016 when Charlene found it difficult to get a satisfying healthy snack to give her the energy she needed, so she began to make my own.

To keep you hydrated during the day have a bottle of Cordial from Mary Ellen’s Meadow in the house. Her cordials include Elderflower, Stinging Nettle, Hawthorn Flower, Gorse and Willowherb to name but a few. Diluted in still or sparkling water, this is an ideal alternative to fizzy drinks with your lunch or dinner. You can pick up a bottle online here.

Dinner

Get the family around the table and enjoy a healthy wholesome dinner from one of our producers here in Cavan. Sam Hill in Miltown Family meats will supply you with the best quality Cavan beef straight from his farm in Shercock to your fork. You will find Sam at his stall at Fairhill, Shercock every Saturday morning.

McGurrens Artisan Butchers in Belturbet also supply a range of quality meats from farmers in the local area. Their products are produced in store, and they also stock fresh fruit and vegetables to help you keep the cupboards full of healthy delicious produce.

Where to shop

A lot of the amazing produce Created in Cavan can be found in your local supermarket, but Cavan is also home to some great retail spaces that you will find much more choice in locally produced healthy food.

Chapter One food and living is situated on the outskirts of Cavan town. As well as providing a beautiful restaurant full of delicious food, they also supply lots of locally made food to purchase. Their New York style guilt free bagels are delicious!

The Cottage market in West Cavan is a treasure throve of local healthy delights on the first Saturday of every month. Bring your shopping list and fill the boot with as much local produce as you can.

The Local Greenbox in Cavan is a weekly food box supplied by an enterprising group of local growers and artisan food producers in the County. Their producers supply the box with seasonal, ethically grown food such as organically grown salads and veg, ferments, preserves, eggs, honey, and organic meat. This is the perfect way to get all your shopping done in one place, have healthy wholesome food to eat- and support your local producers. You can place your order online here between Sunday and Wednesday and pick up your box on the Friday.

Guilt free eating out

Your new healthy lifestyle does not mean you can’t enjoy a night out at a restaurant. Many of our restaurants in Cavan serve local healthy produce as standard. Have a look at all of our hospitality and tourism partners here and make sure to include a trip to Cavan café or restaurant the next time you need a treat.

It has never been easier to practice a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle and we are leading the way here in Created in Cavan. The next time you think of a healthy food shop, healthy food experience, night out or night away- think of Cavan!

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