How to Make Your Heart Lucky on Saint Patrick’s Day

heart healthy corned beef and cabbageThe traditional corned beef, soda bread, and beer characteristic of Saint Patrick’s Day cuisine does not make your heart feel very lucky. This traditional meal contains high levels of fat, salt, and cholesterol—not to mention alcohol. The alcohol increases the risk of Holiday Heart Syndrome, the term generally applied to describe irregular heart rhythms that develop as a result of over-indulgence of alcohol in a short period of time. Lucky for you, however, there are plenty of ways to be lean and green this Saint Patrick’s Day.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Control the amount you eat. Eat just one serving of everything—3 oz corned beef, one potato, one slice of bread, and one beer. This will help limit fat, salt and calories.
  • Try lean corned beef. It exists! You just might have to make it yourself. Cook a lower-fat version of the traditional corned beef with recipes like this one.
  • Eat more cabbage. Cabbage is a green leafy vegetable high in vitamins and minerals and low in fat and calories. Try taking more cabbage and less corned beef to make your Saint Patrick’s meal more heart-friendly.
  • Make a green smoothie. There are plenty of ways to make a green shake. You can use spinach, kale, green apples, kiwi, avocado, mint, and so much more.
  • Eat green. If you don’t like your fruits and veggies purified, eat them raw. Celery sticks, apple slices, and green grapes make terrific appetizers. The USDA recommends eating at least 3 cups of cooked greens per week or 6 cups of raw greens such as kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, swiss chard.

So charm your guests this Saint Patrick’s Day—help them all of your hearts lucky too.

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