Eating Low FODMAP on St. Patrick’s Day
It is said that everybody becomes Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. This could be because the day encourages lots of beer drinking and merry-making, which is a very attractive prospect for many.
But now you are following the low FODMAP diet so how, exactly, can you have a great time and remain symptom free? This article is all about Eating Low FODMAP on St. Patrick’s Day, for fun and health!
You Can Drink Beer on the Low FODMAP Diet
Beer. Did we mention beer yet? Yeah, it is often the first thing on folk’s minds heading into St. Patrick’s Day. Whether it is tinted green or not, the same approach applies:
Monash University & FODMAP Friendly agree that 375 ml of beer is considered low FODMAP. This is similar to a common bottle amount – 12.7 ounces – or 1 ½ cups.
So have a beer! But practice moderation. If you want to drink green beer, that would be okay too.
Low FODMAP St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
Corned Beef & Cabbage Can Be Low FODMAP
Corned beef and cabbage is a classic dish and it CAN be low FODMAP – but certainly not all corned beef is.
I spent quite some time doing the research and recipe development for you, so that you can have your corned beef and cabbage and stay low FODMAP.
Beef is “corned” when it is cured in brine. The problem with many traditional recipes and also with commercially prepared corned beef is that garlic is often used. You must read labels! More information can be found on our recipe page for Low FODMAP Corned Beef & Cabbage.
And Then There is The Cabbage to Consider
Cabbage – many kinds – can be low FODMAP in the proper serving sizes. Classic Corned Beef & Cabbage calls for common green cabbage and Monash University has lab tested it and has designated it as low FODMAP in ¾ cup (75 g) portions, which is a generous amount.
Carrots & Potatoes Have No Detectable FODMAPs
Carrots and white potatoes are typically used in the dish as well and thankfully neither of them has any detectable FODMAPs in their serving sizes.
Let’s Talk About Horseradish
Horseradish is low FODMAP in amounts of 2 Australian tablespoons or 42 g. Combined with sour cream and/or mustard it makes a fabulous addition to this dish.
It Wouldn’t Be St. Patrick’s Day Without Irish Soda Bread
At least not for us! We love Irish soda bread and wouldn’t dream of letting this holiday pass by without a fresh, hot loaf. And we have two low FODMAP Irish Soda recipes for you! One is very lean and made without any fat (seen below). The other is rich with butter. You cannot go wrong with either one.
Stacking, Alcohol & Staying Aware
At any holiday, it makes sense to brush up on our article on FODMAP Stacking, so that you will know how to modulate your consumption throughout the day.
And our article on Drinking Alcohol on the Low FODMAP diet is worth a read.
And of course, as you remain aware of your food and drink during the day, stay aware of your sobriety as well. Have a designated driver so that you can be as carefree this day as possible – and keep everyone else safe, too.