Four diabetic-friendly St. Patrick's day eats

Slurping down lots of Guinness with a plate of fried food may not be the healthiest way to spend St. Patrick's Day.

But, as it turns out, many of the green-themed holiday's hallmark foods are actually diabetic-friendly. So whether you're hitting the town or staying in this Sunday, these healthy foods can all be enjoyed - in moderation, of course.

Cabbage

With only 22 calories and five grams of carbs per cup, cabbage is rich in vitamins C and K. It also packs some powerful phytochemicals that protect against cancer. For the most nutrient-bang for your buck, lightly steam cabbage instead of cooking it for a long time. Try this vegetarian version of corned beef and cabbage for a unique twist on a classic favorite.

Potatoes

Potatoes, contrary to popular belief, are not dangerous diet territory, as long as they are consumed in moderation. Sweet potatoes have more sugar than brown potatoes, but they have a lower glycemic index. A small baked brown potato is only about 130 calories and two grams of sugar. Potatoes also contain kukoamines, which are compounds that lower blood pressure.

Carrots

Carrots are often regarded as being high in sugar, but a large carrot only has three grams of sugar and about 30 calories. Both raw and cooked carrots can be a nutritious addition to St. Patty's day casseroles or side dishes.

Beer

Go ahead and have a brew, as beer can help raise "good" cholesterol levels and reduce your risk for heart attack, according to some studies. Beer has zero sugar, so it's also diabetic-friendly. As long as you don't go overboard, grab a dark beer
and enjoy - these types have a higher antioxidant count.

Source: NOLA.com

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