Saint Patties Day the Healthy Way?

I am a bit of an “American mutt”…a bit of this a bit of that…but I am particularly fond of my Irish heritage…especially this time of the year!  Saint Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, whats not to love?  It involves lots of drinking, good food, good friends, and occasional sightings of men wearing kilts.  Now, I know your thinking to your self…”I thought this was supposed to be a heathy living blog…”  Well, your absolutely right!  Healthy living doesn’t mean you never have a drink or never treat your self.  In fact, I think that avoiding social events for health reasons is borderline obsessive, which is NOT healthy.  Healthy living is more than eating healthy and exercising.  It’s also about mental health.  You need to be able to go out and have a good time with friends and family and not feel guilty about it.  BUT that doesn’t mean that you can’t make healthiER choices while having fun.  And so, without further adieu, I give you the healthy living guide to St. Patties Day!

1. DRINK GUINNESS – First of all, it’s St. Patrick’s day. Put down the Bud and drink an Irish beer for one night of the year.  Second, Guinness is a heavy beer, so you will feel more full when drinking it, and thus drink less beer than you would if you were drinking something else.  Lastly, Guinness has fewer calories than you would expect. 16oz of Guinness contains just 196 calories (surprising for such a heavy beer!), not much more than a light beer! (16 oz of Michelob Golden Light has 146 calories!)

2. Skip the fried fare – Yes, fish’n’chips are a traditional irish dish, but there are plenty of other delicious irish dishes that aren’t deep-fried.  For a better (but still delicious option) try shepherds pie. The “crust”  is made out of mashed potatoes, and its filled with lamb or beef, loads of veggies, and tomatoes. You’ll get your Irish fix and your veggie fix all in one!

3. Do an Irish jig – OK so you don’t necessarily have to do an Irish jig, but if you’re at the bar this St. Patties day, get up and shake your booty a little! It can’t hurt to start burning those extra calories!

Cheers to St. Paddy!

Have a healthy happy day!




  1. Jenny Richelsen said,

    March 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for sticking up for the Guinness gals! I love Guinness and totally agree that it is more satisfying than other beers (except Surly of course!).
    Great tips so far, Caitlin, keep up the great, fun work. I always look forward to reading them.

    • March 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks so much, its so nice to hear that someone likes reading it lol!!! I’ll be celebrating st. patties in San Fran this year…should be fun! : )

  2. March 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

    My daughter’s nickname is Guinness! She really likes it. I plan to have one myself to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. May have some fish and chips along with it. Hope you have a great holiday and thanks for coming by my place. Judy

  3. PJ Wilson said,

    March 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Hope the Irish jigg went well where ever you preformed it. I like the post, staying healthy while still having fun. I think a lot of people in the Health and Fitness industry have lost track of what fun is.

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