Hope Danielson, health and wellness advisor with County Market, a grocery store with a focus on fresh products, offers recipes that can provide some luck of the Irish when it comes to your health.
It might seem tough to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a healthy manner.
Hope Danielson, health and wellness advisor with County Market in Springfield, Ill., a grocery store with a focus on fresh products, offers recipes that can provide some luck of the Irish when it comes to your health.
Healthier Irish Coffee
Nothing says happy St. Patrick's Day like a hot cup of Irish coffee. Most Irish coffees are full of fat and extra sugar, so here's a slimmed-down version.
1/4 cup Reddi wip (only 15 calories per 2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup Irish whiskey, divided
1/4 cup sugar substitute like Splenda, divided
4 cups strong coffee, divided
Pour about 4 teaspoons whiskey into each glass. Add 2 teaspoons sugar to each serving, and add 2/3 cup coffee, stirring until sugar dissolves. Top each serving with about 1 1/2 tablespoons whipped cream (do not stir).
Fried fish and chips
Fried fish and chips is another St. Patrick's Day favorite. Fish and potatoes are super healthy foods, but not when deep-fried. This recipe will give you the richness of fish and chips without all the guilt.
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning
4 cod fillets (4 ounces each)
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Combine breadcrumbs with garlic powder and Old Bay Seasoning.
2. Lay the fish on a non-stick baking sheet and season all over with salt and pepper. Rub the tops with a thin layer of butter, and then press the breadcrumb mixture into the butter so it sticks to the fish.
3. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut two medium Yukon gold potatoes into wedges.
3. Combine the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
4. Place potatoes on non-stick baking sheet and bake until potatoes are browned on the outside and tender inside, about 25 minutes.
Hope Danielson is a health and wellness advisor with County Market in Illinois and a volunteer with the American Heart Association.