Move over Red Velvet Cupcake…it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. During the month of March, stores are filled with Irish-inspired items, most of which fall under the not-so-good-for-you category.
Whether you’re the parent in charge of bringing slimmer shamrock-style snacks to your child’s class party or you’re looking to lend a little luck of the Irish to your own family, think beyond Lucky Charms this year.
Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread: Instead of traditional white flour, this year you can opt for a whole wheat version of this favorite Irish treat. Think soda bread at its finest – unadulterated without bells and whistles – and without a lot of added fat or calories.
Shamrock Shortbread Cookies: Chicago-based Sweet Miss Givings is a social enterprise bakery that gives back to the community. All proceeds from its sales go to Chicago House, a non-profit organization that helps formerly homeless men, women and children who are impacted by HIV/AIDS. Sweet Miss Givings’ baked goods might not be calorie-free, but all of the cookies and sweet treats are all-natural, preservative-free and made with some of the Windy City’s finest ingredients. They ship nationwide- and won’t cost you a pot of gold.
Chocolate Mint Pie: On St. Patrick’s Day, cap off your festive dinner with a chocolate mint pie, a refreshingly minty cool end to a great holiday.
What’s your favorite healthy St. Patrick’s Day treat?
March 9th, 2011