St. Patrick’s Day: The Calorie Count

In the midst of the celebration, shamrocks, green beer and delightful tunes, it has to be said, green beer, Irish car bombs, corned beef with cabbage and whatever else might cross your lips on this jolly holiday is well, not so great for your health.

Nonetheless, life is truly all about balance – you work hard, you deserve to play hard too.  If this is your fun, “free day” with friends and family, you deserve to kick back, relax and have a grand time.  However, you may want to consider a few important concepts, so you can stay on track with your goals:  know your goals, have a plan and establish limits. This is easier said than done, but as you make your journey through a lifetime of total wellness, these concepts become important.  Take each step, day by day and week by week – when you break your goals up into smaller increments they seem a lot less daunting.

Part of developing a good plan is knowing what you are up against – the calorie count.  Below are popular St. Patty’s Day delights and the respective calorie counts for each. Now you can make a plan.


  • 12 oz Bud Light: 110 calories
  • 12 oz Miller Lite: 96 calories
  • 12 oz Michelob Ultra: 95 calories
  • 12 oz Rolling Rock: 120 calories
  • 12 oz Harp: 142 calories
  • 12 oz Guiness Stout: 153 calories
  • 11.2 oz Stella Artois: 154 calories


  • Irish Car Bomb: 237 calories
  • 2 oz shot of Jameson Whiskey: 138 calories


Recipes for corned beef and cabbage vary, but many of the recipes I researched had a calorie range between 162 and 612. The extremely diverse range can be attributed to recipes that did not establish a serving size. My best estimate is that at parade or restaurant, your corned beef and cabbage will ring in at about 250 calories per serving, but you will likely be served a larger portion because that is what restaurants do – bringing your tally up to more like 400 or 500 calories. Corned beef is fatty choice of meat – roughly 16 grams of fat per serving and it contributes to heart disease in other ways too: plenty of sodium to send your blood pressure soaring.

The last step is really up to you: know your limits.  Tell your friends and family members what your goals are, so they can support and encourage you. And regardless of what happens, as long as you start fresh tomorrow and do not give up – you will succeed.


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