Festive St. Patrick’s Day Fitness Recipes

I wrote this post for original publication on March 15, 2017 on the Newtown Athletic Club blog.

While many of you may have started celebrating this past weekend, St. Patrick’s Day is officially two days away and you can keep your celebrations lean, green and delicious without the fake food dyes, extra saturated fat, and sugar-filled boozy beverages.

Shamrock Shake fan?

Celebrate with these healthier versions to fuel your fitness.

This lightened up shake from Tawnie Kroll, the RDN behind the blog at Kroll’s Korner is great pre-workout!

This Mint Green Shamrock Smoothie from Lauren at Nutrition Starring You is a tasty and festive snack after a light workout.

Snacking after Spartan, Body Pump, or a more intense training session? Try this Kelly Green Protein Smoothie.

In need of some meal-time inspiration?


spinach donuts

Donuts aren’t off limits in any diet, but making them healthier is a bonus! Laura at Joy. Food. Sunshine. created these delicious and vibrantly green donuts. Food allergies in your house? No problem. These are gluten and dairy-free. Have an egg on the side for a morning protein boost.

spinach muffins

These St. Patrick’s Day Surprise Muffins from Jessica Braider at The Balanced Kitchen are perfect for the whole family at breakfast but can also serve as a healthy snack.


How about making a sandwich with some soda bread? Just leave the currants out of this recipe to have a savory sandwich. Judy Matusky, RDN, LDN uses both wheat and all-purpose unbleached white flour in this version to increase nutrient density without compromising flavor. If you’re dairy free, mix soy milk with a tbsp of vinegar rather than the buttermilk the recipe calls for.

pistachio pesto

What is the perfect spread for your sandwich? Pesto, of course! If you’re not into the Irish flavors and prefer a Mexican twist, RD and fertility expert, Elizabeth Shaw of Shaw Simple Swaps has a deliciously green Cilantro Pistachio Pesto for you to enjoy.



This Rainbow Colcannon posted on Eat Real Live Well is vegan and antioxidant packed. While still creamy like the traditional version, it packs even more flavor!

cabbage rolls

Swap the corned beef for these Lentil Veggie Cabbage Rolls from dietitian Katie Pfeffer-Scanlan of One Hungry Bunny blog. They’re perfect to pair with the rainbow colcannon above for a balanced meal!

sweet potato shepherds

Sonali, The Foodie Physician, created this amazing Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. Made with ground turkey and plenty of veggies, it is on my list of recipes to make!

Enjoy your weekend of celebrations and tune in to the NAC Facebook page on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 PM for a Facebook Live on 5 Top Nutrition Myths that apply to active individuals with Board Certified Sports Dietitian, Kelly Jones. Ask questions live to be entered to win a nutrition prize pack!

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