Have a Happy and Healthy St. Patrick’s Day

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It’s that time of year: everyone gets to be Irish for the day when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some tips for keeping up with your goals while enjoying Irish traditions.

Try a healthy version of shepherd’s pie

This comfort food with variations from both Ireland and England is delicious but can make for a very heavy meal. Check out the Food Network’s tips for lightening it up. Bonus tip: trade the mashed potato topping for cauliflower mash!

Choose your beer wisely

Guinness is almost synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, so no one will question your choice of a dark stout when you’re celebrating. And, at only 125 calories per bottle, Guinness isn’t a bad choice when it comes to watching your waistline. Keep in mind that the Extra Stout variety has about 50 more calories per bottle than the traditional style brew, and an Irish car bomb (which includes a shot of Baliey’s Irish Crème) is going to run you about 240 calories.

Get your Lord of the Dance on

Irish step dancing is a beautiful – and difficult – art form that has played a prominent role in Irish history. Why not get moving and learn something new on March 17th this year? You’ll burn about 300 calories per hour and get a great workout. You can also try an Irish-inspired Zumba® class with moves like these to ‘Dance Above the Rainbows’.

Great green snacks

Get the whole family involved with the healthy celebration by providing a spread of special green snacks. We recommend Granny Smith apples, green smoothies, baked avocado fries, and kale chips!

How do you plan to celebrate? Comment below!

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com. You can follow her on FacebookorTwitter.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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