Top O' the morning to ya. Are you wearing green today? I am. I have a little bit of Irish in me (I think most people make that claim), being that my maiden name begins with "Mc".
What is on tap for dinner tonight? You guessed it, Corned Beef and Cabbage, of course. I will be making it in the crockpot with some potatoes and carrots added. I was looking for the calories in this meal and came upon a great article in Shape Magazine, written by Jennipher Walters of the websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. It not only has the calories but also nutrition information. The only information I would add is to by a flat cut of Corned Beef as opposed to a point cut. The flat cut is leaner.
The Health Benefits of Corned Beef and Cabbage: Shape Magazine:
"Corned Beef. High in protein, zinc, B-vitamins and thiamin, a 3-oz. serving of corned beef has 210 calories. Like any beef, it's high in fat, so limit your portion and enjoy every bite!
Cabbage. You can't have corned beef without cabbage! Although cabbage may not look as nutritious as say broccoli or Brussels sprouts, it is, in fact, an excellent source of vitamin C and folic acid, an important vitamin for women. It's also high in fiber, which helps fill you up!
Potatoes. Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap for being high in carbs, but potatoes are a complex carbohydrate perfect for active lassies. Potatoes contain some protein and calcium, along with iron, potassium, zinc and vitamin C. Be sure to eat the skin to get even more health benefits, including fiber!
Guinness. This dark Irish beer has been found -- when consumed in moderation -- to reduce the risk of blood clots that cause heart attacks and improve blood flow and pressure, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin. Additionally, the type of beer is high in flavonoids, which are antioxidants. We'll toast to that"
Enjoy, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!