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      Christmas can take its toll on our immune system as a lot of us eat more and move less.

      If you are tired of cooking and entertaining I have the perfect recipe using shitake mushroom that’s not only quick and easy but nutritious and delicious too.

      Shitake Mushroom’s are known not only for their great taste but they’re packed with B vitamins and have the power to fight cancer cells, cardiovascular disease and infections. They have anti bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. During the winter months they are one of the few foods that provide vitamin D and they also help to boost energy and brain function.

      As we move into January our food becomes even more important as many of us struggle with low mood and feel a bit of a crash post Christmas. It’s important to remember that January is a month for selfcare and not crazy resolutions. It’s still the middle of winter, which is the gestation period for both nature and us. It’s a month for inward reflection as we prepare for the year ahead.

      To do this we need nourishing food, nourishing thoughts and nourishing rest. Pop in some movement and air and you will be ready for Spring where you will emerge stronger ready for the year ahead.

      Try this simple recipe, which is great for all the family and it will help you to ease into the new-year with comfort and calm.

      INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

      3 Cloves garlic

      Large handful of shitake mushroom’s (see video)

      1 Lemon

      Handful of Basil

      Fresh Parmesan

      Salt/Black pepper

      Barilla Spaghetti


      Boil water and put in pasta with some salt

      • Heat the pan and add oil and garlic
      • Add chopped shitake mushrooms and cook until softened (5-8 mins depending on mushrooms)
      • Add in ½ a lemon zest
      • Squeeze in ½ juice of lemon
      • Save a cup of water from the pasta
      • Add pasta and then parmesan and stir through
      • If it’s a little dry add some of the water
      • Plate and serve with fresh black pepper and parmesan shavings

      Barilla calling on students to unlock their inner TriHero

      triheroes, shitake mushroom, barilla, recipes, schools, exercise, selfcare, shitake mushrooms, sport, pastaPrimary and secondary schools are being encouraged to register for TriHeroes, a schools triathlon programme which brings together the lifelong activities of swimming, cycling and running to inspire, motivate and challenge children to participate in a healthy and active lifestyle.

      The TriHeroes programme, delivered by Triathlon Ireland and supported by Barilla, a family owned Italian food company and advocate for a healthy lifestyle, helps teachers introduce triathlon activities in a safe and positive environment.

      Delivered by Triathlon Ireland’s development team, the programme is typically run over six 90-minute training sessions with students taking part in a mini triathlon at the end of the programme giving students a taste of this hugely popular sport and exposing them to three sports that could see them excel in the Leaving Cert and later life.

      Primary and secondary schools can find out more about the TriHeroes programme at and register their interest at

      A gourmet selection of recipes, perfect for budding triathletes and prepared with seasonal ingredients for vegetarians, as well as meat and fish lovers is available at

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