Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Snacks & Meals

I wrote this post for original publication on March 15, 2017 on the Newtown Athletic Club blog.
While many of you may have started celebrating this past weekend, St. Patrick’s Day is officially two days away. Celebrate the holiday with these festive & healthy St. Patrick’s Day snacks, meals, and post-workout smoothies!
healthy st patricks day snacks and meals
Shamrock Shake fan?
Celebrate with these nutrient-rich versions to fuel your fitness.

This creamy shake from Tawnie Kroll, the RDN behind the blog at Kroll’s Korner, has plenty of healthy monounsaturated fats from avocado and is great pre-workout!
This Mint Green Shamrock Smoothie from Lauren at Nutrition Starring You is a festive and healthy St. Patick’s Day snack to enjoy after a light workout.
Snacking after Spartan, Body Pump, or a more intense training session? Try this Kelly Green Protein Smoothie.

In need of some meal-time inspiration?

Breakfast

spinach donuts
Donuts aren’t off limits in any diet, but adding extra nutrients to them is a bonus! Laura at Joy. Food. Sunshine. created these delicious and vibrantly green donuts. Food allergies in your house? No problem. These are gluten and dairy-free. Have an egg on the side for a morning protein boost.
healthy st patricks day snacks spinach muffins
These St. Patrick’s Day Surprise Muffins from Jessica Braider at The Balanced Kitchen are perfect for the whole family at breakfast but can also serve as a healthy snack.

Lunch

How about making a sandwich with some soda bread? Just leave the currants out of this recipe to have a savory sandwich. Judy Matusky, RDN, LDN uses both wheat and all-purpose unbleached white flour in this version to increase nutrient density without compromising flavor. If you’re dairy free, mix soy milk with a tbsp of vinegar rather than the buttermilk the recipe calls for.
pistachio pesto
What is the perfect spread for your sandwich? Pesto, of course! If you’re not into the Irish flavors and prefer a Mexican twist, RD and fertility expert, Elizabeth Shaw of Shaw Simple Swaps has a deliciously green Cilantro Pistachio Pesto for you to enjoy.


Dinner

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This Rainbow Colcannon is vegan and antioxidant-packed. While still creamy like the traditional version, it packs even more flavor!
healthy st patricks day vegan cabbage rolls
Swap the corned beef for these Lentil Veggie Cabbage Rolls from dietitian Katie Pfeffer-Scanlan of One Hungry Bunny blog. They’re perfect to pair with the rainbow colcannon above for a balanced and satisfying meal!
sweet potato shepherds
Sonali, The Foodie Physician, created this amazing Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. Made with ground turkey and plenty of veggies, it is on my list of recipes to make!
Enjoy your weekend of celebrations, and let us know which of these healthy St. Patrick’s Day snacks or meals you try!

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