Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like a table full of Irish-themed holiday treats. And luckily, you can still indulge in all the staple sweets and snacks typical of this Irish holiday without worrying about falling off the weight-loss wagon.
Check out these 15 delicious Irish-themed recipes and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in lean style.
Every St. Patrick’s Day it starts. ads and commercials for the season’s unprecedented mint shakes are starting to flood your TV, radio and social media channels. You know what sheik we are talking about. it is fatty vanilla soft serve mixed with super sugar syrup and whipped cream. Delicious? Maybe. But it is not exactly the most difficult thing to lose weight. Skip the fat trap and opt instead for our delicious creamy shake, which has the minty taste of an Irish-themed treat, without all the calories and sugar. It’s a delicious way to celebrate the season without compromising your weight loss goals.
This healthier version of a traditional Irish dish is so incredibly delicious that you’ll want to make it all year round. The pancake batter consists of clean, whole ingredients like cottage cheese, eggs, oats, vanilla extract, cinnamon and baking powder, and the cottage cheese cream drizzle is a creamy combination of Neufchatel cheese, Greek yogurt, skim milk and stevia extract. And as if these flavorful combinations aren’t enough to satisfy your pancake itch, you’ll top off your Irish Potato Pancakes with sweet shredded coconut. Seriously…um.
Not only is this festive, Irish-themed treat totally adorable, it’s also totally healthy. A colorful combination of strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries and grapes, this flavorful favorite is made even sweeter by a fruity creamy cloud of Greek yogurt and lightly whipped topping. And, not to forget, potassium-packed banana “coins” complete this beautiful fruit platter, making a great side dish for parties and get-togethers this time of year (or any).
Thought carbs were a no when trying to lose weight and eat healthy? Think again! Made with whole wheat flour, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a few other easy ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, this soft and hearty Irish bread is so delicious you’ll forget it’s a diet. Our favorite part? Biting into the soft and juicy raisins that make this pepper a carb-lover’s favorite.
Pay homage to the Irish flag with this delightful little treat, bursting with flavor thanks to sweet kiwi and mandarin oranges, along with plain Greek yogurt. Not only does this portable choice pack a ton of flavor and visual appeal, it’s also packed with body-boosting nutrients like protein, fiber, and vitamin C.
An Irish staple Traditionally made with mashed potatoes and cabbage (or cabbage), milk or cream, butter, salt and pepper, Colcannon isn’t exactly diet-friendly. But it’s so delicious and so classic that it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without it. So we came up with this lean version that swaps out the potatoes for cauliflower (trust us, you won’t even notice!) and subs fat-free milk for full-fat options. It’s creamy, delicious, and absolutely guilt-free.
This classic dish screams Irish comfort food. But unlike more conventional versions, which tend to be loaded with fat and calories, this one goes a little lighter by filling up on veggies and including super lean beef. Warm, hearty and full of flavor, it’s no wonder this delicious Irish staple is a favorite at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
One bite of these delicious treats and you’ll wonder why Irish fries are only reserved for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Made with creamy Neufchatel cheese, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, liquid Stevia, shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, these guilt-free gems pack the classic flavors you’ve come to expect from Irish fries, but skimp on the sugar, fat, and calories that. comes with the usual options. A word for the wise. Make a big batch – the family is sure to want in on the delicious action.
Trust us. These Irish Tea Sandwiches will rock your world. Packed with healthy ingredients and packed with fabulous flavor, these delightful dishes will make your taste buds dance (Irish jiggers). Whip up a batch to share with the family this St. Patrick’s Day, but be sure to put some aside for yourself because these awesome sandwiches will fly off the plate.
The classic combination of chocolate and mint comes together in this delicious snack that delivers all the texture and flavor you expect from your sweet treats without the extra calories, fat and sugar. The recipe makes 24 melt-in-your-mouth servings, which means you’ll have enough to share, but we promise not to tell if you’d rather hide them in the back of your fridge so you can have them all to yourself…they’re just so delicious! are
Enjoy chips and dip into a healthy diet by making a few simple ingredient swaps that will leave this flexible snack crunchy, creamy and flavorful. Spinach Dip with Shamrock Tortilla Chips gets a little help from spinach wraps to keep this snack as festive as possible. Your creativity can be put to the test in the kitchen (or you can just use a cookie cutter) by shaping some shamrocks to create tortilla chips. Bursts of flavor from the garlic and dill give this creamy spinach the kick it needs. Enjoy this Nutrisystem-approved snack while you Irish dance your way to weight loss.
Grab this tasty, healthy shamrock drink for a fun and festive St. Paddy’s Day snack idea that will keep you on your weight loss journey. Easy to make and packed with variety (three drinks in one), this Shamrock Dip is as delicious as it is nutritious, satisfying your taste buds and boosting weight loss motivation. It features Roasted Garlic Hummus, Cucumber Dill, and Everything Bagel Dip, perfect for soaking up your favorite non-starchy veggies.
Start St. Patrick’s Day off on the right track with a healthy green breakfast. Our Spinach Banana Pancakes are the perfect way to celebrate. Containing fiber-rich ingredients like whole wheat flour, bananas and fresh spinach, it’s the perfect morning meal to keep you full until lunch.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with lean, green, cuisine. This hearty and healthy Green Mac and Cheese is the ultimate family-style meal to serve this holiday. We turn your classic mac into a festive dish with a variety of bright green vegetables. Who needs a bowl of gold when you have this delicious pasta?
A unique fusion of Irish and Chinese cuisine, these Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls are the perfect appetizer for your healthy St. Patrick’s Day party. Hearty corned beef, creamy Swiss cheese and shredded kale are stuffed into crispy egg rolls for a fun finger food.