Trick or Treat yourself Fit with Croí

The trick to getting fit and staying healthy is picking the right exercise for you. To give you a helping hand, Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, have developed a new class timetable in a virtual format so you have the ability to participate from the comfort of your own home! These classes include: Mojo Moves, Nifty Lifters, Yoga, Yogalates, CLANN Fitness and Regenerate.

The treat is that being physically active prevents and helps control a multitude of health problems especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Our class offerings provide accessible fun and enjoyable fitness solutions. We offer an opportunity for healthy individuals and those with diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and other long-term health condition, to commence safe and beneficial exercise led by trained professionals. Classes are ideally suited to anyone trying to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

“Our classes have been very successful over the past few years and thus we now see the need to improve and increase our virtual offerings. Many of our participants have improved their cardiovascular fitness, decreased their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and overall participants are living healthier lives,” says Croi’s Physiotherapy Manager, Denise Dunne.

Classes include both aerobic and weight lifting offerings and are specially designed to suit all levels of fitness. Prior to enrolling in the classes, individuals will be assessed to ascertain current fitness levels and exercise will be prescribed based on this assessment. “The social interaction and group inclusion is also another benefit of our classes. Over the last few months it has been a pleasure to see the many friendships develop between class members, albeit virtually,” says Dunne.

Participants really enjoy the classes, saying: “Just brilliant – did things I have never done before” and “enjoyed all aspects of the class, the structure was excellent and the variety of exercises was very good”. Above all, participants commented that “it helps me to continue on the right track”.

Classes start the week of October 27th online via Zoom. For further information or to book a place on any of our classes please head over to our website or call Croí on 091-544310.

Spooktacular Healthy Halloween Recipes!

This time of year, treats can sometimes takeover Halloween festivities. The supermarkets are stocked to the rafters with Halloween themed, high sugar and high fat treats. It can be difficult to say ‘no’ when we are surrounded by these foods at the petrol station, local shop or supermarket.  A recent report by Safefood has found that we now spend more on treat foods than fruit and vegetables in our weekly shop. We also know that 20% of what Irish children are eating day to day are treat foods. The healthy eating guidelines recommend that treat foods (e.g. biscuits, chocolate and crisps) be limited to no more than two times per week.

So this year why not take a different approach and use the time to get creative in the kitchen. It may even be the perfect opportunity to ‘trick’ 😉 children to experiment with different types of vegetables, if cooked or prepared in a fun and super spooky way!

Here are some vegetable based Halloween recipes for you to try. Not only will you have fun preparing them, you and your children will be ‘treated’ to better nutrition. The ingredients in these recipes provide the right balance of vitamins, minerals and fibre that help to maintain a healthy blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent weight gain, for a happy healthy heart this Halloween!


  • 4 peppers (a mix of orange, red and yellow looks nice)
  • 25g pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small aubergine, chopped into small pieces
  • 200g pouch pre cooked mixed grains (we used bulgur wheat and quinoa, available in most supermarkets)
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomato paste/pesto
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • bunch basil, chopped


  1. Cut the tops off the peppers (keeping the tops to one side) and remove the seeds and any white flesh from inside. Use a small sharp knife to carve spooky Halloween faces into the sides. Chop any offcuts into small pieces and set aside.
  2. Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan for a few mins until golden, and set aside. Heat the oil in the pan, and heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cook the onion in the oil for 8-10 mins until softened.
  3. Stir in the garlic, pepper offcuts and aubergine and cook for another 10 mins, until the veggies are soft. Add a splash of water if the pan looks dry. Season.
  4. Squeeze the pouch of grains to break them up, then tip into the pan with the tomato paste. Stir for a minute or two to warm through, then remove from the heat and add the lemon zest, basil and pine nuts.
  5. Fill each pepper with the grain mixture. Replace the lids, using cocktail sticks to secure them in place
  6. Put the peppers in a deep roasting tin with the carved faces facing upwards.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 35 mins, uncovered for the final 10.
  8. The peppers should be soft and the filling piping hot.

Recipe from

Halloween Stuffed Peppers


  • 1 small pumpkin (about 500g)
  • olive oil, for roasting
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp tahini paste (Made from ground sesame seeds)
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded, and sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded, and sliced
  • mini breadsticks and pitta chips, to serve


  1. Cut the top off the pumpkin, about two-thirds of the way up. Remove the pumpkin seeds, then scoop the flesh out of the bottom and the lid.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the pumpkin flesh into pieces and put in a roasting tin with the garlic and a good glug of oil. Season, then bake for 45 mins until very tender. Leave to cool.
  3. Tip the pumpkin into a food processor with any juices from the roasting tin and the garlic. Add the lemon juice, tahini paste and chickpeas. Season with salt and blend to a paste – add a little more oil if it’s too thick. Scoop the hummus back into the pumpkin and serve with the peppers, breadsticks and pitta chips.


Recipe from

Pumpkin Hummus


  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of desiccated, shredded coconut
  • 2 raisins – for eyes!


  1. Put the orange juice in a shallow bowl or plate
  2. On a separate plate spread the shredded coconut – not too much a little goes a long way
  3. Peel your banana and dip it in the orange juice
  4. Next, roll the banana in the shredded coconut to make white spooky ghosts!
  5. Add some raisins for the eyes
  6. Place the stick or spoon up through the centre of the banana so the Boonana can fly around!

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  1. Peel a clementine, leaving the sections intact.
  2. Cut a small piece of celery and stick it in the middle to be a stem.

There you have it: simple, mini pumpkins, great as a display on the table.

Recipe from Shape Your Future

Halloween Stuffed Peppers
Halloween Stuffed Peppers
Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin Hummus
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