Whether you are of Irish decent or not, it seems like everyone around the United States is celebrating the nation’s day of green. Most people know of St. Patrick’s day as a day to wear green clothes, joke with the kids about Leprechaun, start yet another excuse to down some green beer and eat some hearty Irish foods. Though this mid-march practice seems like the farthest tradition away from a spring detox, there ARE some healthy options when having your jolly O’ time. Below are some of the healthiest Irish food and drink options on this day of (bar) hoppin’ and (arm) pinchin’.
1. Cabbage-Another very popular staple of the Irish is cabbage, a cruciferous powerhouse. Cabbage is used in so many Irish dishes, including the perennial favorite boiled bacon and cabbage. Popular in many weight-loss diets in the western world, this vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin C and folic acid. Cabbage also contains glucosinolates that can slow the spread of colon cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute in the United States.
2. Lamb-Lamb contains all the normal health benefits of lean proteins: vitamin A, the B group vitamins, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium, potassium and phosphate, and lamb has the added benefit of being a source of iron. Being a lean protein rich in iron makes lamb an especially healthy choice for women, because approximately 16 percent of women of child-bearing age suffer from iron deficiency, according to the Journal of American Medical Association.