By Jackie Veling
St. Patrick’s Day is about going green — and that goes beyond your attire.
This year, focus on adding some good-for-you greens to your holiday meals. Avocados are a great place to start: Besides being green as can be, they’re a staple for those following low-carb, high-fat eating regimens such as the keto plan.
A medium-sized avocado contributes 6g of unsaturated “good” fats. Avocados also contribute 4g of carbohydrates compared to other fruits, making them a fantastic keto snack.
This green hummus is as creative as it is quick. For a more classic option, guacamole never goes out of style — this chorizo chipotle version adds a zing of flavor and a protein punch. Make these snacks even more keto-friendly by providing fresh veggies for dipping.
Mix in some color with fresh ceviche. This tangy recipe requires four filets of fish and gets its pop of green from the olives and diced avocado (learn how to perfectly slice and dice an avocado with this video).
Another crowd-pleaser is stuffed chiles, which contain a keto-approved mix of cheeses and tasty spices.
What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a toast? The keto eating plan is alcohol-free, but there are plenty of other beverages you can use to fill (and raise) a glass with your crew. For example, this Maria verde cocktail is just as tasty sans-alcohol.
Want more keto-friendly avocado recipes? Check out this video for five other ways to enjoy avocados.