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Eat Well on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted: March 8, 2019

Food plays an integral role in many a holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. The celebration is little more than a week away, and already we’re seeing green-dyed cakes and cookies in bakeries. It’s one of the biggest nights of the year for bars, too, and that means fried appetizers and rich desserts within reach.

Navigating meals on a holiday can challenge an appetite, especially when going out with friends and family. If you plan to stay home and cook, look for leaner cuts of your favorite protein (if corned beef isn’t your thing), and help yourself to plenty of cabbage. It’s rich in Vitamins C and K and good for digestion.

If you find yourself in the local Irish eatery with other revelers…

Grab a Spoon

Depending on where you eat, the Irish stew may be the healthier alternative to the traditional corned beef plate. Flavorful broth will fill you up, along with tasty carrots, potatoes and onions.

Cooking a home? Consider a recipe for stew or Shepherd’s pie, which is also packed with veggies. Shepherd’s pie is usually made with ground beef, so you can opt for a leaner variety.

Raise a Toast

If you imbibe, or don’t but save it up for St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll want to watch what goes in your glass. It’s true no two beers are like, and since this day will call for something Irish you’ll find a diverse selection.

A 12-ounce serving of Guinness beer comes to 125 calories, while the same amount of Killian’s Irish Red has a higher count – 163 calories. This is because beers with a lower alcohol count will have fewer calories. A shot of Irish whiskey, by comparison, is closer to 70 calories – a possible alternative to cream-based Irish liqueurs.

With drinking, no matter the time of year, moderation is always a key. If you go out, be mindful of how many times you toast the holiday.

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Source: Eat This, Not That

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