If you are looking for ways to eat healthier, it can feel daunting and overwhelming. Especially when there are so many tasty looking foods that may distract you from your healthy eating plans.
You’ll want to put on a green apron to make these fun, diabetes-friendly recipes for St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you are Irish, or simply Irish at heart, these dishes are lower in calories, fat, and carbs than the traditional recipes. (They’re just as tasty, though!)Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Calories: 70 | Carbs: 15
Irish soda bread comes together quickly and this whole wheat version makes it healthier and heartier. It goes great with your favorite sugar-free jam for breakfast or as a side with your St. Patrick’s Day dinner!
Bangers and Mash
Calories: 280 | Carbs: 25
Bangers and mash is a traditional Irish pub food that is usually very high in fat and carbs. This healthier version uses homemade turkey sausage and mashed sweet potatoes to make it more diabetes-friendly and heart healthy.
Roasted Cabbage Steaks
Calories: 90 | Carbs: 9
Cabbage is a popular vegetable to use for St. Patrick’s Day. In this recipe, a whole head of cabbage is sliced into thick "steaks" and roasted. Serve them as a vegetarian entrée or as a filling, veggie-filled side.
Classic Beef Stew
Calories: 250 | Carbs: 24
There are so many new renditions of beef stew, but if you can make this classic version really well, that’s all you’ll need. Plus, this traditional beef stew goes great with a slice of whole wheat Irish soda bread.
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Calories: 285 | Carbs: 45
Shepherd’s pie can be found on most St. Patrick’s Day menus. In this vegetarian-friendly version, lentils and lots of veggies make it a hearty and filling meal that still has lots of protein to help keep you full and satisfied!
Green beer is also a popular St. Patrick’s Day item, but is it OK for people with diabetes to have a pint? Moderate alcohol consumption is safe for most people with diabetes. Opt for a light beer as they are lower in calories, carbs, and alcohol.
From the American Diabetes Association®, we wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Be sure to sign up for the Diabetes Food Hub e-newsletter for healthy recipes delivered to your inbox every month.