St. Patrick’s Day is one of the few holidays that people use as an excuse to party—whether they’re actually Irish or just celebrating their faux-Irish descent. Whether you’re as green as a leprechaun or just a wannabe Irish bloke or lass, celebrate right this St. Patty’s Day, the FBG way!
Green food coloring doesn’t add calories to beer, so drink up. Just remember, a 12-ounce glass of a cold light beer has about 110 calories. And while Guinness may seem like it would be a heavier beer, a hunt through the web had conflicting numbers. An article from a head brewmaster, though, put a pint of Guinness at 125 calories.
Potatoes and Cabbage
Skip the French fries and celebrate St. Patty’s Day by eating some mashed potatoes. As fitness guru Denise Austin let us know, potatoes are a powerhouse food. While they may have gotten a bad rap during the Atkins anti-carb phase, the Idaho Potato Commission recently revealed that the potato was the favorite American veggie, chosen by 26 percent of Americans. At approximately 25 cents per potato, each 5.3 oz spud has only 110 calories, contains zero fat and zero cholesterol, provides 45 percent daily value of vitamin C, and also nourishes the body with potassium, fiber and vitamin B6. And if you have any doubt about the importance of the potato, read about the Irish Potato Famine for convincing. Cabbage is also a great choice, with gobs of vitamins K and C, as well as fiber, folate and Omega 3s.
Burn it off
Just five minutes of an Irish step dance will burn off almost 24 calories (based on a 140-pound non-leprechaun), so do a jig on the street or hit a dance floor to make up for the beer. I’m not sure how many calories you can burn by playing darts, which are apparently a big hit in Ireland, but from past experience, I know you can get a sore arm or elbow out of that endeavor.
If you’re going to any type of parade—if you have to fight the crowds and park far away just to get there—even if you walk at a snail’s pace, you will burn 53 calories in 20 minutes. If you walk home, as you should if you’re a bumbling, stumbling fool, you’ll burn 120 calories if it takes you 30 minutes to weave your way home. If you’re actually in the parade walking, give yourself more calorie-burn props for waving enthusiastically.
Whether you choose to get your drink on, walk a parade route or just wear some green, have a safe, festive Irish-inspired day! —Erin (go Bragh!)
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