Your Guide to Not Getting Pinched on St. Patty’s Day (Healthy Food Edition)

Samah Dada

CalTV Entertainment

Top O’ the Morning to ya folks. I’m here to tell you that it is indeed possible to avoid that pinch on Saint Patty’s Day this Sunday (but probably not in the way you think).

I honestly don’t own that many articles of green clothing to wear on St. Patrick’s Day, and while you might, I still don’t so I’ll be using these ideas as loopholes to spare myself some pain. Or maybe green just simply isn’t your color, in which case please read on.

Why must we wear green clothing on St. Patrick’s day when we can simply hold food or drinks that just happen to be green? And what could be better than the fact that these lovely colored foods and beverages won’t harm your health?

I present to you…the PROTEIN SHAMROCK SHAKE, MINT CHOCOLATE OATMEAL and KEY LIME YOGURT PIE. 

THE PROTEIN SHAMROCK SHAKE

This cool protein shake will give you a good serving protein and a boost of energy to keep you going through whatever your St. Patrick’s Day festivities are! Low fat and low in calories.
180 calories, 5 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrates, 30 grams protein

protein-shamrock-shake

Ingredients:


1/2c. low-fat cottage cheese (or vanilla yogurt)
1 scoop vanilla or plain protein powder
1/8 tsp. mint extract (or to taste)
2-3 packets stevia or sweetener of choice (or to taste)
5-10 ice cubes (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
4-6 oz. water (alter according to desired thickness)
A few drops of green food coloring, or a handful of spinach to make it green
1-2 tbsp. Sugar-Free Instant Pistachio Pudding Mix (optional)
Pinch of guar of xanthan gum (optional)

Directions: 

Blend away until you reach the perfect shake consistency!

MINT CHOCOLATE OATMEAL

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of oatmeal in the mornings? (Or at any time of day, for that matter). This oatmeal tastes like a bowl of filling dessert, giving you the pep in your step needed to conquer your day! Be sure to add chia seeds to fortify your oatmeal with fiber and Omega-3s. 

303 calories, 4.5 grams sugar, 5 grams fat, 33.6 grams carbohydrates, 26.7 grams protein

chocolate-mint-oatmeal

Ingredients:
1/2 c. oats mixed with 1 1/2 c. water
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 scoop SunWarrior Protein Powder
2-3 tsp. mint extract
1 tsp. cacao powder
Green food coloring

Directions:
Microwave 1/2 c. oats with 1 1/2 c. liquid (water or milk). Add chia seeds, protein powder, mint extract, cacao powder, and food coloring and mix. For the chocolate frosting, mix 1 scoop SunWarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, stevia, and water.

KEY LIME YOGURT PIE

What better way to top off your night with a light, low calorie, and easy no bake dessert?

 key-lime-329

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. cold water
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
4 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
3 containers (6 oz. each) Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy key lime pie yogurt
1/2 c. frozen (thawed) reduced-fat whipped topping
2 tsp. grated lime peel
1 reduced-fat graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

Directions:
In 1-quart saucepan, mix water and lime juice. Sprinkle gelatin on lime juice mixture; let stand 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring consistently, until gelatin is dissolved. Cool for 2 minutes. In a bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the yogurt and lime juice mixture; beat on low speed until well blended. Fold in whipped topping and lime peel. Pour into crust. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

Well, there you have it friends! Make and carry these delicious eats wherever you go — avoid the pinch and have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Recipes courtesy of Betty Crocker, Dashing Dish, and Healthy Diva Eats. Images & Recipes retrieved from http://www.shape.com. 

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