Holidays sometimes complicate efforts to make healthy food choices, but these low-carb St. Patrick’s Day recipes will help you celebrate without feeling like you’re missing out.
These 15 recipes will allow you to enjoy the celebration without feeling guilty.
Corned beef hash
This dish frequently prompts us to think of St. Patrick’s Day but, in fact, its origins aren’t Irish. Most of the early Irish population didn’t eat meat, but the British influence in Ireland changed that.
Corned beef hash emerged after World War II when rationing made it difficult to find fresh cuts of meat.
This version has 5.5 grams of net carbs.
Frozen spinach makes this a quick side dish option for any St. Patrick’s Day meal. With only four ingredients and a few spices, it’s an easy way to incorporate fiber and protein into your day.
The recipe has 3.6 grams of net carbs.
Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day gathering, this twist on deviled eggs is healthier than the original with a fantastic green color that doesn’t require food coloring.
They’ll also be especially good at Easter when you’re overloaded with boiled eggs.
The recipe has 3 grams of net carbs.
Low-Carb Slow-Cooker Reuben Soup
Though the origins of the Reuben seem debatable, its corned beef and sauerkraut base create a typically St. Patrick’s Day meal. This spin on the Reuben leaves out the bread without sacrificing taste.
The dish has 2.8 grams of carbs and 25.6 grams of fat
Grain Free Irish Soda Bread
Though the Irish didn’t invent soda bread, the treat is most often identified with the Irish, who can only grow soft wheat because of the damp climate.
The original recipe required only a few simple ingredients and did not demand an elaborate cooking setup.
This recipe has 10 grams of carbs.
DIY Irish Cream Liqueur
Patients with diabetes often have to abstain from enjoying liqueurs because of the high sugar content. It is possible, however, to create a sugar-free version that whips up in only a few minutes.
Once you’ve mixed it, you can use it in cocktails or in other recipes that call for liqueur.
This homemade version has 1 gram of carbs.
Shamrock Shakes pop up every year around St. Patrick’s Day, but most of the fast-food versions have incredible amounts of sugar that make them unrealistic for patients monitoring their blood sugar.
This version mixes avocado, coconut milk, and mint to create a healthy shake that you could enjoy any time of year.
The Shamrock Shake has 7 grams of carbs.
Avocado Pesto Zoodles
Pasta is off limits for many people who are working to control their blood sugar. In its place, zucchini noodles can satisfy your taste for noodles without wrecking your numbers.
These zoodles include spinach and avocado for a pasta dish with a creamy, healthy sauce.
The zoodles have 16 grams of carbs.
Matcha Chia Seed Pudding
Matcha is known to increase energy, detoxify the body, and boost immunity. Combine those benefits with the energy boost from chia seeds, and you have a powerhouse snack that’s even better than coffee.
This recipe has only three ingredients and it can also serve as a dessert.
The pudding has only 1 gram of net carbs.
No Bake Irish Cream Cheesecake
This cheesecake can be made in a mini mason jar or a full pan. It blends coffee, cheesecake, and cocoa flavors into a cheesecake mousse that can be dressed up with chocolate shavings.
You could also make it in a pie shell, and you could use the liqueur recipe above to make your own healthier version.
This recipe has 5 grams of net carbs.
Non-Alcoholic Cucumber and Lime Cooler
Cucumber and lime make a light, healthy drink that is full of flavor. Better yet, it’s completely sugar-free.
This recipe combines the two flavors with mint and ginger for a drink that has 4.1 grams of net carbs.
Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie emerged in the late 1700s and early 1800s as a way to combine leftovers into a meal the family would eat.
This version takes advantage of mashed cauliflower to replace the mashed potatoes and skips the peas and carrots which are high in carbs.
This recipe has 12 grams of carbs.
Slow Cooker Keto Corned Beef Cabbage
This recipe calls for uncured, preservative-free corned beef brisket with a smattering of vegetables to cook in the crockpot. The lack of preservatives may change the color you’re accustomed to, but the taste will be as good as you remembered.
This recipe has 4 grams of carbs.
Low-Carb Reuben Stromboli
This variation on the Reuben sandwich features low-carb pastry dough wrapped around Reuben fillings.
The recipe has 7 grams of carbs.
Shamrock Eggs With Braised Spinach
These eggs, cooked in bell pepper rings, look a little like shamrocks at first glance. Together with the spinach, this meal is loaded with protein and fat to keep you satisfied.
The meal has 4.3 grams of net carbs.
You don’t have to miss out on the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Choose one of these 15 low-carb St. Patrick’s Day recipes that everyone will enjoy without feeling guilty. Odds are good that no one will even notice the missing carbs.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!