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On St. Patrick's Day, is anyone counting calories? No? Just as well.

March 17, 2011|By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
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There might not be enough gym time in the next 24 hours to offset the calorie count on St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, it depends on whether you’re indulging in a traditional meal or drinking.

Let’s start with a classic – this L.A. Times recipe for New England corned beef, cabbage and vegetables made from fresh ingredients. Don’t bother reading the numbers if you plan on indulging, especially if you have more than one helping.

Here’s how each serving breaks down:

--942 calories
--838 mg sodium
--196 mg cholesterol
--59 grams fat
--55 grams carbohydrates
--46 grams protein
--4.30 grams fiber

So maybe take it down a notch. Irish soda bread is no diet food, but at 192 to 267 calories per serving (depending on how you make it), it could almost be considered a smart choice.

Or take it down another notch with these corned beef and cabbage slaw sliders – also homemade -- which have 153 calories, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat. But that’s if you eat just one, remember.

For those forgoing food, here’s how beer stacks up – a 12-ounce bottle of Guinness Draught is a reasonable 126 calories. And if you must drink something green, here are some alternatives: A 5-ounce appletini or an 8-ounce mint mojito will cost you 175 calories, says LiveStrong.com.

Not that any self-respecting Irish-for-the-day celebrant would consider an appletini or mojito on March 17. Calories are just one reason “green” doesn’t make it Irish. (Note that we’re ignoring green beer.)

Now you know the numbers -- however you plan to celebrate.

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