A traditional St. Patrick’s Day breakfast of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and soda bread is a fairly balanced meal, if a little high in carbs and soda bread. It’s also a much healthier choice than a lot of the other St. Patrick’s Day foods and dishes currently on the menu at a number of chain restaurants. These foods may be green, but they are not exactly good for you! So, if you plan to splurge today, go ahead and enjoy the real Irish deal, not these unhealthy options!
Mint Oreo Creme Donut from Dunkin’ Donuts: This dessert disguised as breakfast is sort of like Ben and Jerry’s Mint Cookie Ice Cream, only in donut form. The bakers at this largely Eastern and Central chain start with a yeast donut, cover it with mint frosting and bit of Oreo cookies, and top it off with a heaping helping of frosting in the center. The thing weighs in at 400 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 9 grams of saturated fat–or about 45% of your recommended daily allowance.
If you wear a shirt that says “Feed me, I’m Irish” on March 17, then you need to read this post! Just like any other holiday, St. Patrick’s has its fair share of calorie- and fat-laden foods that everyone can’t wait to get their hands on. Namely, of course, is the beer. Pubs and bars will use more green food dye Monday than any other time of year. If you feel you must indulge in the green-tinted libations, opt for a light beer and save some calories.
As far as meals go, we’ve selected some Irish favorites that are “lucky” enough to have a healthy variation, either low-carb or low Weight Watchers Points.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish Stovetop Skillet
Irish Cream Caramels