Think Green (and Healthy) on St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day – traditions, food, drinks – it’s the wearing of the green! But many foods associated with St. Patrick’s Day could use a makeover. Consider these tips as you celebrate with your friends and family:
Keep it Green
Take advantage of the festivities to encourage your family to eat green vegetables and healthy fats, and make it fun!
- Avocado deviled eggs – replace half of the egg yolks with avocado in your deviled egg mix for an addition of healthy fats with a springy green look.
- Shamrocks – create shamrock pizzas by cutting green bell pepper slices on an English muffin. Cover with pizza sauce and low-fat mozzarella. Bake at 350 degrees until melted.
- Corned beef and cabbage – when preparing this dish, focus on the vegetables and choose a lean cut of diced corned beef or replace the corned beef altogether with lean pork tenderloin.
Potatoes are a staple in Irish cuisine and contain carbs, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. Potatoes are a nutritious root vegetable when prepared correctly.
- Baby boiled red potatoes – top these simple treats with olive oil or butter, parsley and salt and pepper.
- Potato soup – substitute a cream-based potato soup with fat-free evaporated milk.
Over the Rainbow
You may not find a pot of gold, but this final recipe is a real treat with a rainbow theme.
- Rainbow fruit salad – stack blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, oranges and strawberries and top with a light whipped topping.
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