Tip of the Day
Sunday is St. Patrick's Day and luckily for us, the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef and cabbage is already full of nutritious foods we should eat all year.
- One cup of raw chopped cabbage offers a mere 22 calories and provides 2.2 grams of fiber. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and provides folate, vitamin B6, phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Carrots are also low in calories and packed with nutritional benefits: ½ cup of grated carrot has 23 calories, provides 1.5 grams of fiber, is an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, and also contains phytonutrients associated with eye health, such as lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Red potatoes are fat-free, cholesterol-free, sodium-free, and an excellent source of vitamin C. Make sure to eat the skins! Potato skins are fiber-rich, about 2 grams per ounce and also contain B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and other nutrients.
Now for the star of our St. Patrick's Day meal, the corned beef. It is high in sodium so fill your plate with vegetables and enjoy the corned beef in moderation. When shopping for corned beef, choose the one with the least amount of fat and lowest sodium and trim all visible fat before cooking.
Arm yourself with the information you need to read the nutrition facts panel before you shop for your corned beef by visiting our Nutrition Facts Panel page, and learn more about healthy eating with tips during National Nutrition Month.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Reviewed January 2013