Did you know that Corned Beef and Cabbage is not a traditional meal on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland? Traditionally, the Irish eat lamb or bacon to mark the occasion. If the calorie laden meal of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes isn’t even an Irish custom, then gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients don’t have to feel guilty for skipping it. So, forget the heavy corned beef and cabbage this year, and celebrate St. Patrick’s day by going green. And by green, we mean the color green.
Green foods tend to be quite healthy (green bagels, gummy bears, Skittles, M&M’s, and the like excluded). Think kale, spinach, cucumbers, avocados, peas, mint, peppers, and arugula just to name a few. In fact, try to think of a naturally green food that isn’t good for you. Their natural goodness makes it incredibly easier to incorporate green foods into a post bariatric surgery diet than greasy corned beef.
Corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes isn’t exactly a meal that encourages weight loss. So, this St. Patrick’s Day, go green and go healthy. We’ve gathered some green inspired cuisine ideas. They may not be Irish, but that’s alright since corned beef and cabbage isn’t either.
- Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken
Basil, cilantro, parsley, and jalapeno give this sauce it’s green color. It may not be Irish in the slightest, but it’s got fresh ingredients and it’s packed with protein.
- Zucchini Spinach Feta Cakes
These are fried, but you could try using cooking spray instead of oil to reduce the calories. Considering the recipe calls for zucchini, spinach, fresh herbs, feta, greek yogurt, and eggs, we figure this recipe’s got a lot of other things going for it.
- Green Tomato Mozzarella Stacks
You’ll have to find green tomatoes for this one. But, it’s worth it. The Green Goddess Salad Dressing helps complete the green theme, and there’s fresh mozzarella.
- Cucumber Feta Rolls
Leave the skin on your cucumbers for the maximum green effect for this vegetable and protein packed appetizer or snack.
The above suggestions are offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a board certified surgeon specializing in laparoscopic, robotic, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Shillingford performs gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band surgery at one of South Florida’s few hospitals designated as a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Some of his patients come from local areas, such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but his reputation and skill also attract patients from as far away as Orlando, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Tampa, Fort Meyers, and Naples.