Joe's Coffee, in conjunction with Hazel Mountain Chocolate, hosted an indulgent Coffee and Chocolate Tasting event on Thursday 20 April featuring the creator of Joe's Coffee, Hatch and Sons and Alchemy Juice Co, Domini Kemp.
We managed to grab Domini for a quick chat before the event kicked off to get her top tips to maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the go without depriving yourself of the occasional treat!
KV: What is your favourite menu item from Joe's here in the Village?
DK: So, the thing I love about Joe's is not just the great coffee, we also have an amazing range from Alchemy cold pressed juices as well as wheat, diary, sugar free lunch boxes which are great if your following a low carb diet.
KV: What is your top tip for healthy eating?
DK: People are always looking for the magic or the silver bullet when it comes to dieting and I think it all comes down to what suits you. For me, that means a low carb diet, plenty of whole foods and great green vegetables like kale and broccoli.
KV: What is your top tip for healthy eating on the go?
DK: My top tip is if you're travelling or on the go and you probably can't eat that well, I think a green juice is fantastic and also some nuts, so for me cashew and macadamia nuts are brilliant snacks to have! One of the things we have done with the upcoming range is to make sure that the nutritional information is available on the lunch boxes, so if you're interested in your carbs and protein and fats, all that information is there which is really helpful!
KV: We know that you recently spoke about your perfect yoga hideaway in the Sri Lankan jungle, on theIrishTimes.com, have you any spots in Ireland where you could recommend to escape for the mind, body and soul?
DK: I think anything in the Burrin, funnily enough where Hazel Mountain Chocolate come from! But the Burrin in County Clare is a really magical place, just going for walks, the beaches, amazing food, great producers, it’s a really special place. When you go there, you just realise, Oh my goodness, Ireland is amazing! It really is, it’s special, it’s almost spiritual and I have to say it’s a lovely place to go for a break.
KV: And with that in mind, what tips can you give for those who don’t want to fall off the diet wagon when on holidays?
DK: It’s really hard! That’s my honest answer and I tend to not be too precious about it when I’m on holidays. Recently, I was in Galway and there was amazing sour dough bread, just ridiculously good stuff that I wouldn’t normally eat and I think a big part of living is being able to just relax and enjoy yourself, so the main thing is when you are falling off the wagon look at your portion size but also be prepared to do the work the following couple of weeks! And just don’t beat yourself up! Enjoy it, live in the moment because good food is so, so special.
KV: Finally, what are your go to, guilt-free summer treats?
DK: My idea of a healthy treat is actually a range of ice cream which we have developed for Alchamy and it is all wheat free, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free and we’ve got some gorgeous toppings on it, it is served out of a 99 machine, so it is a much healthier 99! It’s really delicious and it is a treat, obviously there is some sugar in there with bananas and dates and so on, but certainly lots of nutrients and goodness, a decadent but slightly healthier treat!
We can't wait to try out the latest treats from Joe's Coffee this summer, keep an eye on the website for the latest updates and for more special events.
We would like to extend a big thank you to Domini and the entire team at Joe's as well as the guys from Hazel Mountain Chocolate! If you are interested in finding out more about the Clare chocolatiers, you can visit their website here.
For some healthy food inspiration, take a look at these refreshing juices and scrumptious slaw recipes from Domini.