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Stay Keto on St. Patrick’s Day 2019 with These Recipes

Published on: March 12, 2019

Stay Keto on St. Patrick’s Day 2019 with These Recipes

St. Patrick’s day 2019 is just around the corner on March 17. Although it’s known as an Irish national festival, the US has contributed a big part in the popularity of this day. This is because more than 34 million American people claim to have Irish ancestry.

Being on the ketogenic diet doesn't mean you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day to the fullest. We’ve got some simple and delicious keto recipes to help you enjoy it without cheating or feeling left out.


SEE ALSO: Delicious keto friendly recipes for National Pumpkin Day


What Is St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s day is celebrated annually on March 17, which is believed to be the day St. Patrick died. It’s marked as a remembrance and tribute day to St. Patrick. This day is celebrated as a national holiday in Ireland, and the festival attracts over a million visitors every year.

It often takes place as a multi-day celebration with parades, concerts, firework shows, and more. Until the 17th century, St. Patrick’s day was only celebrated as a religious holiday with church mass, prayer, and family time. It later transformed into a full party day when the Irish immigrants living in the United States began parades and other events to celebrate it in the 17th century.

St. Patrick is known as the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, and he’s credited as the person who brought Christianity to Ireland.

History of St. Patrick’s Day

Who is St. Patrick?

Although he’s internationally known as an Irish priest, St. Patrick is believed to have been born in Roman Britain. It’s said that he was born in a wealthy family, and was kidnapped at the age of 16 and brought to Ireland as a slave [1].

He spent six years in captivity and worked as a shepherd. It’s during this time that St. Patrick is believed to have heard from his God and became a devout Christian. According to his writing, he heard God’s voice telling him to escape from Ireland. After escaping, he reported having an angel telling him to go back to Ireland in a dream.

After returning to Ireland, he soon became a priest and started evangelizing people about Christianity. St. Patrick incorporated Irish cultural practices in his teachings about Christianity. For example, the Irish people were used to bonfires to honor their gods, so he used it to celebrate Easter.


8 Interesting St. Patrick facts

Here are some interesting facts about St. Patrick’s day [2].

1. His autobiography

Much of what we know about St. Patrick is from a journal he wrote about himself.

2. St. Patrick did not drive away snakes

There’s a widespread belief that St. Patrick drove away snakes out of Ireland when they were pestering him during his 40 days fast. That’s an exaggerated false story passed on from the centuries because Ireland has never had snakes for over 10 000 years.

3. American residents with Irish ancestry

More than 34 million residents in the United States claim to have Irish ancestry.

4. Churches in the USA

The United States has over 450 St. Patrick churches.

5. Shamrock

It’s believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the Trinity.

6. First parade

The first St. Patrick’s day parade took place in Boston, in 1737.

7. It’s blue, not green

St. Patrick day is celebrated with a touch of green in everything; however, this only began in the 19th century. Blue is the color that’s believed to be associated with St. Patrick until then.

8. It only became a party day in the 70s

The Irish government mandated pubs to be closed on March 17 because St. Patrick’s day was observed as a strict religious feast day until the 1970s.


St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

Parades

As stated above, St. Patrick’s day was observed as a strict religious festival until the 1970s. It was then that the Irish immigrants from the United States started parades and other events as a statement of their pride.


Shamrocks

The reason why we see a lot of shamrocks themed things on St. Patrick’s day is that it’s believed that he used it to explain the Trinity to the Irish people.


Guinness

Approximately 3 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick’s day, which is five times the amount of how much is consumed on a typical day.


Corned beef and cabbage

This classic St. Patrick’s day meal is American, and not Irish. Bacon is the traditional Irish meat eaten on this day. However, the Irish Americans in the 90th century opted for corned beef due to poverty, and it later became the norm.


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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Go green

Although we know that blue is the original color that has been associated with St. Patrick, the
color green has overtaken in popularity so much that even Chicago river is dyed green on St. Patrick’s day [3].

People all over the world symbolize St. Patrick with green and those who celebrate it would often add a touch of green to their life on that day. Whether it be a shamrock badge or a green outfit, they’ll have something green on that day.

Perhaps you could wear a green t-shirt or add a touch of green to your outfit choice on St. Patrick’s day. If you want to go full mode, you can wear a green hat and dye your beard red.


Drink Guinness

Or some Irish whiskey, but drink moderately if you’re on keto. You can also drink some Irish coffee without sugar.


Visit Ireland, if you can

If possible, visit Ireland and celebrate St. Patrick’s day with the Irish people.


Join a parade

If you’ve got a day off, consider joining one of the St. Patrick’s day parades in your city. You can do all of the above and also participate in other events.


Eat Irish

Cook a traditional Irish meal and enjoy it with your family and friends.


5 Keto-Friendly Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

1. Shamrock Latte

Make a delicious cup of shamrock latte using our keto friendly recipe. This recipe has some unique keto ingredients such as coconut milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, MCT oil, and spinach.

Spinach? Yes, spinach, because it gives a great texture and taste to the latte plus you’ll also get a boost of potassium from it. The MCT oil in this recipe will provide you with an instant energy boost to enjoy the St. Patrick’s day [4].

You can prepare this latte within 5 minutes, and it yields two servings. It has 15.8 grams of fat,
5.5 grams of carbs, and 1.5 grams of protein.


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Preparation time:

Serve: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee, prepared with water
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons MCT oil
  • 20 drops liquid Stevia
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, sugar-free
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup organic pumpkin puree, sugar-free
  • Ice, as desired
  • Whipped cream, for serving.

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food blender, except the whipped cream.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Divide the latte among two serving glasses.
  4. Top with whipped cream and serve.

NOTE: you can add some bourbon or real Irish whiskey in the latter.

Calories

143

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15.8g

20%

Saturated Fat 15.6g

78%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 35mg

2%

Total Carbohydrate 5.5g

2%

Dietary Fiber 2g

7%

Total Sugars 1.3g

 

Protein 1.5g

 

2. Keto mashed potatoes

How about some keto friendly mashed potatoes to go with your main dish? Except you’ll be using the queen of keto foods, cauliflower instead of potatoes. You’ll still be able to get the thick and creamy taste of mashed potatoes with the help of other ingredients used such as sour cream, and heavy cream.

It’s a simple dish you can prepare in under 15 minutes, and it yields four servings. It has 10.9 grams of fat, 6.7 grams of carbs, and 4.8 grams of protein.


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Preparation time:

Cooking time:

Serve: 4

Ingredients:

  • 14oz. riced cauliflower (just rice in a food processor)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons Pecorino Romano, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch onion powder

Instructions:

  1. Place the cauliflower in a safe microwave bowl.
  2. Cover the cauliflower with a damp paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes
  3. You can also steam the cauliflower florets and rice after steamed till desired doneness.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients, starting with heavy cream, sour cream, spices, and grated Pecorino Romano.
  5. Puree the cauliflower with an immersion blender.
  6. Serve warm.

Calories

140

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10.9g

14%

Saturated Fat 7.2g

36%

Cholesterol 30mg

10%

Sodium 185mg

8%

Total Carbohydrate 6.7g

2%

Dietary Fiber 2.5g

9%

Total Sugars 2.7g

 

Protein 4.8g

 

3. Irish soda bread

How can we forget the Irish soda bread? Well, here’s your tasty keto friendly version which uses coconut flour, ground flaxseeds, and ground sunflower seeds instead of regular flour. You can make this bread in under 50 minutes, and it yields ten servings.

It has 10 grams of fat, 6.3 grams of carbs, and 4.7 grams of protein.

 

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Preparation time:

Cooking time:

Serve: 10

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw sunflower seeds, ground in a processor or coffee grinder
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons powdered stevia
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chopped
  • 2 eggs • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place the ground sunflower seeds in a bowl of food processor.
  3. Add the flaxseed, coconut flour, stevia, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Process in the butter.
  5. Add remaining ingredients, except blueberries.
  6. Remove dough and transfer to a bowl.
  7. Mix in raisins or currants.
  8. Wet hands to form shape and place in a greased cast iron skillet.
  9. Score an x in the middle and bake 30 minutes.
  10. Reduce the temperature to 325 and bake another 5-10 minutes or until golden on top.
  11. Allow it to cool before slicing.

Calories

133

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10g

13%

Saturated Fat 2.6g

13%

Cholesterol 39mg

13%

Sodium 289mg

13%

Total Carbohydrate 6.3g

2%

Dietary Fiber 3.6g

13%

Total Sugars 1g

 

Protein 4.7g

 

4. Green Patrick Eggs

Remember we discussed going green on St. Patrick’s day earlier? It’s not just for your outfit choices. You can add green to your food too. Here’s a super delicious green deviled eggs recipe with a jalapeño twist.

You can prepare it in under 10 minutes, and it yields six servings. It has 11 grams of fat, 3.4 grams of carbs, and 6.5 grams of protein.


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Preparation time:

Serve: 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled, cut in half by length
  • 1 avocado, pitted, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, place egg yolks; add the avocado and mash until smooth.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and divide equally among the egg white shells.
  3. Arrange on a serving plate. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 hours.

Calories

134

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11g

14%

Saturated Fat 2.8g

14%

Cholesterol 164mg

55%

Sodium 83mg

4%

Total Carbohydrate 3.4g

1%

Dietary Fiber 2.3g

8%

Total Sugars 0.6g

 

Protein 6.5g

 

5. Beef meatballs with corned cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage is the traditionally eaten St. Patrick’s day meal in the United States. You can enjoy it in a meatballs version with this keto friendly recipe. You can prepare this dish in under
45 minutes, and it yields eight servings.

It has 12 grams of fat, 10.9 grams of carbs, and 15.8 grams of protein.


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Preparation time:

Cooking time:

Serve: 8

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 12 oz. can of corned beef
  • ½ cup chopped Savoy cabbage
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

For the cabbage:

  • 4 cups shredded raw cabbage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Remove the corned beef from the can, along with the juice, and mash it with a fork. Add the cabbage, onion powder, almond flour, eggs, salt, pepper, and mustard to the corned beef and mix thoroughly. Shape into 19 meatballs.
  2. Heat oil in a nonstick saute pan and fry meatballs in batches until golden brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve as is with mustard, or simmer in cabbage as directed below.
  3. Make the cabbage; combine all of the cabbage ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leaves and cloves from the cabbage. Add the cooked meatballs and cover.
  5. Simmer for about one hour on low heat.
  6. Serve warm.

Calories

209

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12g

15%

Saturated Fat 6.1g

30%

Cholesterol 83mg

28%

Sodium 477mg

21%

Total Carbohydrate 10.9g

4%

Dietary Fiber 4.7g

17%

Total Sugars 5.8g

 

Protein 15.8g

 

Takeaways

St. Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17 annually as an anniversary of St. Patrick’s death. He was a patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, who is believed to have converted many Irish people to Christianity.

St. Patrick’s day was initially celebrated as a quiet religious festival. It later became a party day in the 1970s when Irish immigrants in the United States decided to carry out parades and other events to show their “numbers.”

Shamrock is associated with St. Patrick because he used it to explain the Trinity to Irish people. You can celebrate St. Patrick’s day in some simple ways such as adding some green to your outfit and joining one of the parades in your city. You can also enjoy Irish meals using keto-friendly recipes such as the ones we’ve given here.

References

  1. History.com. St. Patrick’s Day. https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day
  2. css.history.com. St. Patrick’s Day. https://css.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day
  3. Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day. https://www.ireland.com/en-us/articles/whats-available/ireland-stories/st-patrick/
  4. Wang Y et al. Medium Chain Triglycerides enhances exercise endurance through the increased mitochondrial biogenesis and metabolism. 2018 February - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5805166/

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