By Kelly Turner for DietsInReview.com
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year…so, with no worries of heading into work the next morning while little leprechauns jack-hammer in your head, you can really get into the holiday spirit. Nothing says cheers to St. Patty’s Day like knocking back a few brews at your favorite Irish pub. But nothing can derail your weight loss efforts faster than alcohol.
Many people have the misconception that the darker or heavier the beer, the higher it is in carbs and calories. Not so. Some of your classic Irish beers contain no more calories or carbohydrates than your mainstream domestics–so drink up, but drink wisely, because no alcohol is a freebie. Let’s compare three popular Irish beers:
Guinness Stout – Calories: 170 per pint, 5.7 g carbs
Guinness Stout is very dark, almost black, with more carbonation than Guinness Draught. Guinness is the lowest in carbs, so you don’t have to feel bad about that slice of soda bread you snuck off your friend’s plate. To burn off one pint, however, plan on hitting the elliptical for an extra 17 minutes*.
Killian’s Irish Red – Calories: 163 per 12 oz., 14.4 g carbs
Killian’s has a chocolatey, toffee flavor that makes it almost a treat to drink. Can’t get enough Killian’s? You better make friends with your stair stepper. To burn off each bottle, you’ll have to climb stairs for 25 minutes.
Harp Lager – Calories: 189 calories per pint
Harp Lager is a pale golden yellow with a very mild taste and subtle sweetness. Harp is a relatively light beer, so go ahead and order those bangers and mash, but be prepared to spend 20 minutes running on the treadmill for every pint you down.
If you are looking for a guilt-free beer to celebrate St. Patty’s, go for a low calorie beer like Miller 64, dyed green. With any luck (of the Irish, ha!) you can enjoy your St. Patty’s Day without feeling a pinch in your waistband.
*calories burned are calculated for 150 pound woman
More from Diets in Review:
- Slideshow: Calories in Your Favorite Alcoholic Drinks
- Why You Should Cook with Clover for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is in less than one week, and we’re feeling lucky to have an early dose of spring weather. Perfect to enjoy during outdoor workouts (maybe even after work with the extra evening light?)! In honor of the holiday coming up this weekend, we’re listening to these rocking tracks performed by Irish bands or related to the 17th.
- “Pride (In the Name of Love),” U2
- “Lucky Star,” Madonna
- “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder
- “Holiday (Live),” Green Day
- “Pot of Gold,” Game, featuring Chris Brown
- “Lucky,” Britney Spears
- “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield
- “Wildflower,” Cee Lo Green
- “Gold Digger,” Kanye West
- “Breathless,” The Coors
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Now tell us: What is making you feel the grateful and lucky today?
McDonald’s announced yesterday that—for the first time in its history—their annual Shamrock Shake will be available nationwide. Other than meaning that its cult-like following no longer has to track which of the locations offers the green concoction, this also means we’re all suddenly faced with yet another easily-accessible temptation! (Not that you should be frequenting fast food restaurants…)
Let’s break down what you’re in for if you consume the seasonal shake:
For a 16 oz. Shamrock Shake…
- 550 calories
- 16 grams of fat (8 of which are saturated, and 1 that’s trans fat)
- 96 grams of carbohydrates
- 72 grams of sugar
- 13 grams of protein (from the milk)
- 190 mg of sodium
- 3 oz. of leprechaun blood
- And then these ingredients for the special Shamrock Shake syrup: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural plant flavoring (plant source), xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), yellow 5, blue 1.
Our recommendation: Make a low-calorie vanilla shake at home by using low-fat ice cream and skim milk, add a dash of peppermint extract, and then a couple drops of green food coloring.
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, the girls here in the fashion department are feeling festive! Irish or not, everyone has a little Irish in them on St. Patty’s Day, right? While you are off eating corned beef and cabbage, downing a Guinness and snacking on some Lucky Charms, here are a few of our favorite things (lucky #13 to be exact) to keep you in the spirit! All things green of course!
1. Old Navy Linen Moto Jacket $35
2. Hurley Good Band St. Patty’s Day Tee $22
3. Reebok Premier ZigFly Sneakers $99
4. Oakley Beckon Sunglasses $110
5. Adidas Boston Marathon Glide Shorts $36
6. Helly Hansen Faerder Reversible Jacket $130
7. Madewell Silky Swing Dress $128
8. Puma Loop Neon Watch $50
9. TOMS Classic Camo Slip-On
10. Sydney Evan Yellow-Gold & Diamond Clover on African Opal Bracelet $825
11. Top Shop Marissa Bag by Orelia $300
12. Yogi Toes Groovy Skidless Yoga Towel $64
13. Patagonia Down Vest $150