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10 delicious recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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SALT LAKE CITY — I grew up celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage at home, always wearing green in fear of getting pinched, and have vivid memories of a leprechaun visiting my preschool and hiding classroom items around the school. However, I didn’t know much else about this holiday.

With that said, here’s a brief history lesson courtesy of that encyclopedia collection that still sits on my parent’s living room shelves, the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century. He was then kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland as a teenager. He was able to escape and returned to bring Christianity to Ireland in 432. After building schools, monasteries and churches, driving out snakes from Ireland, and teaching about the Trinity with a shamrock, Ireland celebrated him with religious ceremonies and feasts.

Fast forward to the past couple hundred years, and Irish Americans turned these celebrations into the secular holidays we know today. Blue was originally the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but it was later replaced with green.

Now that you have a very brief history lesson on the holiday, let’s get to the food.

Two of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes are:

Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage via Rebecca Clyde

I asked 10 registered dietitians for their favorite green or Irish recipes, and here’s what they shared:

Green Pancakes via Brittany Poulson

Serve up some green at breakfast with these healthy pancakes, full of fiber, flavor and plenty of green!

Creamy Tropical Green Smoothie via Shannon Garcia

With creamy and tropical layers from some of your favorites — like avocado, kiwi and more — this smoothie will be your new favorite way to enjoy a St. Patty’s Day breakfast or snack!

Green Muffins via Amy Gorin

These green muffins provide a burst of caffeine and are naturally green in color. Enjoy them on St. Patrick’s Day (or any morning, really). You also get a good amount of protein from the cottage cheese. (photo)

Fluffy Irish Soda Bread Muffins via Kara Lydon

These Irish soda bread muffins are an Irish girl’s dream. Imagine the flavor of Irish soda bread with the fluffy texture of a muffin. This recipe is perfect to have around for breakfast, especially during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Roasted Cabbage & Golden Beet Pot ‘O Gold via Jenny Shea Rawn

Feast your Irish eyes on this pot of gold. Roasted cabbage and sliced golden beets are rubbed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, garlic salt and pepper, making a simple yet delicious meal.

Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts via Emily Cooper

If traditional cabbage isn’t your thing, roasting Brussels sprouts with garlic and parmesan cheese may be a worthy replacement.

Rainbow Colcannon via Kelly Jones

This colcannon recipe uses purple cabbage, kale and carrots to bring color and nutrient boosts to this Irish dish. It’s also made without dairy to offer a vegan option while celebrating the holiday.

Vegan Guinness Stew via Sharon Palmer

This is an easy, one-dish meal that is pure comfort food bliss. All you have to do to make this vegan Guinness stew is create a thick vegetable stew with carrots, onions, celery, peas and tempeh with tomato and Guinness beer broth.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Quesadilla via Emily Cooper

These corned beef and cabbage quesadillas are a great way to use up leftovers or enjoy a traditional boiled dinner in a new way.

Healthy Shamrock Shake via Kara Lydon

This healthy shamrock shake, aka smoothie, is minty fresh and radiates a festive, vibrant green.

These simple recipes are great dishes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with friends and or family. Enjoy these green foods and takes on traditional Irish recipes.

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Quick, Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes Under 500 Calories

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When the weather heats up, whip up a no-cook zucchini “pasta” dish, featuring the flavors of a Caprese salad.

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We know the winter weight gain struggle is real, but what about the summertime? While it seems like the summer months are primed for healthy habits — fresh summer fruits and veggies, warm workout weather and so on — there are a few potential pitfalls that can sabotage those efforts.

Less sleep, cold refreshing adult beverages and all of the food-centric activities, such as barbecues, beach days and getaways can do a number on your waistline. Here are five healthy summer dinner recipes — all under 500 calories — to help you manage your weight this summer.

Did you know that keeping a food diaryis one of the most effective ways to manage your weight? Download the MyPlate app to easily track calories, stay focused and achieve your goals!

This fiber-filled soup will keep you feeling fuller longer.

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Gazpacho, a cold soup, might be the perfect food for those hot, hot, summer days. Traditional gazpacho is a mash-up of fresh, summer veggies like ripe tomatoes, cucumber and peppers, which makes for a light and refreshing dish. We make this a heartier soup by adding chickpeas, corn and avocado to the mix.

Adding these high-fiber foods to this already fiber-filled soup make it a perfect summer recipe if you’re trying to lose weight. Why? Well, for starters, we know fiber fills us up and helps keep us full. Eating 30 grams of fiber each day resulted in similar weight loss results as more involved diets requiring multiple dietary changes, according to February 2015 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

2. Grilled Farmers’ Market Veggie Tacos

More veggies could mean less weight gain.

Yes, you can have your favorite foods, and still manage your weight. The two are not mutually exclusive. Many people think that weight management means having to start a complicated diet with tons of food restrictions.

The truth is, weight management doesn’t have to be that hard or overwhelming. Making simple changes like adding more veggies in your life could make all the difference, especially in the long run.

Research shows that higher intakes of vegetables reduce the risk of gaining weight —significantly. The more vegetables a person ate, the less likely they were to gain weight over a one-year period, regardless of other foods they consumed, per a December 2015 study published in Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The findings are supported by a September 2012 study published in Obesity, which found that over a 10-year period, vegetable consumption was inversely related with weight gain, i.e. the more veggies you eat, the less weight you’ll gain over time.

3. Leafy Rotisserie Chicken Salad With Creamy Tarragon Dressing

Leafy greens are especially beneficial when it comes to managing your weight.

Speaking of vegetables and weight loss (see the Market Veggie Tacos above), it turns out specific vegetables may be more effective than others. Eating more vegetables should be a goal for everyone (less than 10 percent of adults get enough, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), but cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens may be especially beneficial for weight loss, according to a September 2015 study published in PLOS Medicine.

Researchers of the study found among all veggies, these two groups had the greatest association with changes in weight. The foundation of this recipe is mesclun greens. Perhaps the best part is using rotisserie chicken as an easy shortcut, making this a no-cooking-required recipe.

4. Cranberry Chicken Salad Sliders

Don’t cut lean protein if you’re trying to lose weight.

Make rotisserie chicken, which is used in these chicken salad sliders, your lean protein go-to for summer. You won’t have to turn on your oven but you’ll still get the health and weight loss benefits.

When trying to lose weight, we often focus on what we have to cut from our diets, but this could backfire when it comes to protein. In fact, if you want to lose weight, it behooves you to eat more protein, according to December 2019 study published in Advances in Nutrition. Protein helps to maintain and build lean muscle mass, which is crucial for weight loss.

5. Raw Zucchini Caprese ‘Pasta’

Olive oil for the weight-loss win!

Another cook-free recipe for the win! Better yet, this one calls for zucchini pasta, rather than regular pasta, which significantly reduces the calories and carbohydrates you’d typically find in a dish like this.

Another weight-loss-friendly food? Olive oil. Yeah, it’s a fat and calorie-dense, but olive oil is more effective than soybean oil when it comes to weight loss, per an October 2018 study published in the European Journal of Nutrition. In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (aka, the gold standard), olive oil led to more fat loss (80 percent more!) and reduced blood pressure, compared to soybean oil, over the course of 9 weeks.

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A Covid-19 survivor’s recipe for an immunity-boosting kadha that helped her

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Updated: July 6, 2020 2:23:29 pm


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating the use of traditional Ayurvedic herbs and spices for building immunity to fight the current health crisis. He has often stressed on the importance home remedies to ward off not just seasonal niggles like cold, cough and flu, but the coronavirus. Which is why, many people have been consuming immunity boosters regularly. While there are numerous ways in which a kadha or ayurvedic herbal drink can be prepared, here is a simple one that we came across on social media.

What’s special about this one, you ask? The recipe is from a Covid survivor and “warrior” who drank the kadha twice a day, shared chef Anahita Dhondy, while demonstrating how to make it. Take a look at the post below:

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Sharing a family recipe or well an Indian recipe of a home remedy for cough, colds and flu! This one is by @arshitabkapoor a Covid survivor and warrior and this is what she has to say “This kadha is really a life savour. Helped me get through covid, and also build immunity. Drink this twice a day, precautionary and you will surely feel stronger! I like my kadha to be tasty also, so I always added extra cinnamon and gur!” So while it’s got all these spices which are anti inflammatory, what really caught my eye was the addition of black pepper. Did you know? While black pepper may seem like an odd addition to the mix, its presence plays a substantial role. The addition of black pepper with turmeric increases the absorption of turmeric by 2000 percent when used in a 1:10 ratio of pepper to turmeric. Pretty amazing, right? Black pepper aids in combating respiratory conditions and rejuvenating the lungs. So with the monsoons upon us, and the situation with Covid, this drink can be made and had an home. It’s soothing and delicious and well most importantly really good for you. Have it hot or warm, twice a day! Fresh turmeric and basil from @krishicress Hope you enjoy this easy recipe from our home, #TogetherAtHome we’ll keep cooking (and drinking) everyday! #HappyCooking #Happydrinking #stayhome #staysafe #quarantinecooking #kadha #ayurvedic #ayurvedicdrink #immunitybooster #homeremedies #homecooking #chefanahita #chefathome #easypeasy #stepbystep #recipevideo #homerecipe #cookingwithchefanahita #eatwell #homemade #stayhomestaysafe

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Here’s what the survivor Arshita B Kapoor had to say about the kadha, informed Dhondy: “This kadha is really a life-savour. Helped me get through covid, and also build immunity. Drink this twice a day, and you will surely feel stronger! I like my kadha to be tasty also, so I always added extra cinnamon and gur (jaggery)!”

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Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients 

Moti elaichi
Fresh turmeric
Cloves
Black peppercorns
Tulsi
Cinnamon
Ginger
Munakka
Honey or jaggery

Health benefits 

Cinnamon

Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants.

Cardamom

Helps relieve sour throat and helps keep the body cool.

Cloves

Boosts the body’s immune system.

Black peppercorns

High in antioxidants, and helps the body absorb turmeric.

Tulsi

Rich in antioxidants.

Method

*Peel fresh turmeric and fresh ginger. Crush both using a mortar and pestle.
*In a pot, boil water and add turmeric and ginger.
*Add all other spices.
*Boil it for 20-30 minutes. Add jaggery or honey for sweetness.

How to have it?

Heat it and keep having it throughout the day.

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