Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day guilt free

When March comes around, the registered dietitians at Swedish Hospital have the opportunity to celebrate not only St. Patrick's Day but National Nutrition Month! Did you know that classic Irish dishes—if prepared properly—are nutrient packed? 

Here’s how staple Irish foods stack up in nutrients:

1. Potatoes

Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates. In addition to this energy-booster, they’re packed full of fiber, potassium vitamin C and vitamin B6. 

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is also a great source of fiber and vitamin C. It’s also rich in phytochemicals, which scientists have suggested may fight free radicals, including those that later turn into cancer!

3. Corned Beef

To round it all out, corned beef is rich in protein and vitamin B12. 

Although these ingredients are full of beneficial nutrients, you’ll get the most out of them by how they’re prepared. Follow the links below for healthier versions of traditional recipes handpicked by Swedish Hospital Clinical Dietitian Emily Berg, MS, RD, LDN. 

A lower sodium version of corned beef>>

A healthier spin on McDonald’s “Shamrock Shake”>>

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

To schedule a nutrition counseling appointment at Swedish Hospital, call 773-878-6888.

By David Modica | Published March 16, 2017
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