Posted: March 15, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Luckily, you don't have to be Irish to enjoy the nutritional benefits of the St. Patrick's Day favorite meal - corned beef and cabbage!
Check out these facts from eatright.org about the nutritious foods we can eat all year round!
- 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.
- Corned beef 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.