• Theresa Gentile

St. Patrick's Day Trifle

A festive St. Patrick’s Day Trifle For Kids (and Adults)

Portion Controlled St. Patrick's Day Trifle

Did you know St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival? I suppose we all are Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

For a little background, this Christian feast day actually celebrates the death date of St. Patrick, who is hailed for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Historically, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted on this day, propagating the tradition of alcohol consumption.

I love holidays of all sorts and having young kids has let me indulge in crafts and traditions most adults don’t have time for. (Like painting pinecones or making Valenines for every kid in the class- and the dance teachers, music teachers, neighbors...) So, not to break from our own tradition, we do things green for St. Patrick’s Day, including food and dessert.

This year, I made a basic trifle with pistachio pudding (my fav) and crushed Oreo crumbs. I make the pudding with fat free milk and it sets just fine, allowing me to provide a low fat, healthy protein source in a dessert. (Portion controlled, of course.) I alternated layers of pudding and cookie crumbs, topped with Cool Whip (even a dietitian can wish everything was topped with whipped cream, right?) and added shredded coconut that I dyed green for a pretty touch.

What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day foods and snacks??

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