How we started
The idea for Póg began over ten years ago. After losing a lot of weight at age 16, and changing my lifestyle and eating habits I always toyed with the idea of creating a restaurant that offered healthy, low calorie options. I wanted to show people that living a healthy lifestyle wasn't just 6am hill sprints, and tasteless rabbit food. Somehow the dream has become a reality and we have been trading since February 2014.
The food that we produce is fresh and wholesome. We don't handle any refined carbohydrates or sugar, instead our salads are packed with greens, protein, fresh vegetables and good fats. Most of our products are low in fat, gluten free, low GI, low in sugar, and full of vitamins and minerals – without compromising on taste. Homer Simpson once said "You don't make friends with salad", but I can assure you he was very wrong :)
Our products, some of which include raw juices, smoothies, salads, wraps, soups, protein pancakes, acai bowls, speciality coffee and paleo baked goods contribute massively to your overall health and wellbeing, and are totally delicious at the same time - win win!
In recent years, the media have shed more light on the increase in obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. With this in mind people are becoming more and more conscious about what is going into their bodies. Adjusting your eating habits in your own home is very doable. But what about when you’re out and about? On lunchbreak? Doing some shopping? Or just on the go? Before we opened in 2014 there was almost nowhere to go for a healthy bite. I realised that Dublin had a high demand for a health food eatery and so after some research, negotiation and experimentation, PÓG was finally born.
*’Gaelic’ for Kiss
HERE AT PÓG, WE BELIEVE THAT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS A HAPPY LIFESTYLE.
The word diet doesn’t cross our lips in here because we know that people can eat delicious food that is full of all the stuff that our bodies need - without compromising on taste. All of our products are carefully selected to ensure our customers are eating good food that is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, good fats, and lots more.
The base of all of our salads is green leaves. Spinach, rocket, iceberg, and kale are some of the most nutritious foods that we can eat. Per calorie, kale has more vitamin C than spinach and oranges, more iron than beef, and more calcium than milk. Greens help in the detoxification of our cells, and they have anti inflammatory properties, green leaves also reduce our blood sugar levels and so they reduce hunger and cravings. We should include green leaves in our diet every day. On top of all of these amazing nutritional benefits all of the toppings in our salads are bursting with even more goodness like chicken, smoked salmon, almonds, flax seed, beetroot, eggs and loads loads more. While the taste and texture of our salads is incredible, they are also seriously low in calories and are served in huge bowls leaving you really full and satisfied.
We serve a selection of freshly made juices and smoothies that are designed to give our customers an instant hit of ‘liquid nutrition’. Our juices are made with fruits and vegetables to order. The process of juicing breaks the cells of a fruit or vegetable and it takes all of it’s nutritional goodness allowing our bodies to absorb their nutrients with minimal digestion. Freshly made juice is a great way to get your five a day and the added bonus is that they taste really great!
Our frozen yogurt is great for a healthy treat. It is virtually fat free and contains only natural sugars. It is high in calcium and protein and is full of good bacteria. We offer a selection of ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ toppings, so we give you the option of sticking with a clean healthy treat or if you feel like pushing out the boat you can choose something from the naughty section like chocolate drops, maltesers or marshmallows.
We hope that you guys will join us in our healthy eating journey!