For people that want to watch their weight and diet regularly, holidays can be a nightmare. For some strange reason we are expected to celebrate holidays with all the “Fixing”. Thanksgiving revolves around a huge dinner that leaves you feeling tired and bloated. Christmas often brings sweets as do Halloween, Easter, and Valentines day. St. Patricks day is similar to Thanksgiving as there are traditional foods that are prepared. I love a good corned beef brisket with cabbage and potatoes, but that’s a load of calories. Soda bread is delicious, but it’s also loaded with calories.
Granted, it’s only one day of celebration and we are all entitled to violate our strict dieting rules every now and then. Livestrong.com offers healthy and tasty alternatives to the typical calorie-filled St. Patrick’s Day food and drinks
Instead of: Heavy Lagers & Micro Beers – 330 cal; have an Anchor Porter or Pale Ales — 95 calories
Instead of: Irish Coffee — 210 cal 9 fat ; have an Irish Whisky Cocktail — 180 cal 1 fat
Instead of: Irish Potato Casserole — 258 cal 21 fat; have this: Baked Potato with Low fat Cheese — 184 cal 2 fat
Instead of: Apple Pudding — 384 cal 16 fat; have this: Baked Unsweetened Apple sprinkled with Splenda and cinnamon – 127 cal .5 fat
Instead of: Irish Stew — 609 cal 35 fat; have this: Chicken Vegetable Stew — 285 cal 17 fat
Instead of: Shepherd’s Pie — 452 cal 17 fat; have this: Low Fat Chicken Pot Pie – 409 cal 11 fat
Instead of: Irish Soda Bread — 192 cal 5 fat; have this: Whole Grain Roll with Honey (1 packet) — 143 cal 1 fat
Instead of:Corned Beef and Cabbage — 740 cal 42 fat; have this: Turkey and Cabbage Casserole — 396 cal 10 fat
(Thanks for the tips Bonnie) Visit Livestrong.com for more great information about making healthy changes to your life.