Green beer, green bagels, green eggs and ham… all classic St. Paddy’s fare. Green? Yes. Good for you? Questionable. Here are six easy ways to get your green on and still feel great this St. Paddy’s day:
- Start your day with a Green Smoothie - Still haven’t hopped on the green smoothie bandwagon? Use this holiday as an excuse to try it out. I suggest adding a small handful of baby spinach to your usual blend - I promise, you won’t taste it! Already a green smoothie fanatic? Great! Experiment with a new green, such as arugula, bok choy, or celery.
- Get some green energy with matcha - As discussed in this post, matcha is finely powdered green tea. It has tons of benefits, and is really pretty to look at! Drink the tea straight up or try it as a latte.
- Fill up on good fats with avocado - Swap the mayo or cheese on your sandwich for avocado. Not only does it taste delicious, avocado is also packed with heart healthy fats and fiber, which means you will stay full longer.
- Reach for edamame for a high protein snack - One cup of shelled edamame contains 17 grams of protein and 180 calories - that’s more than many “protein” bars, and without the long list of ingredients and added sugar. You can buy pre-cooked, shelled edamame in the frozen foods section, or try a dried version for extra crunch.
- Pick pesto for your pasta - Pesto is a healthy alternative to many butter- and cream-filled pasta sauces because its packed with greens (basil) and good for you fats (nuts and olive oil). Most pestos contain cheese, so if you are looking for a dairy-free version make sure you check the ingredients, or better yet, make it yourself! Here’s an easy and tasty recipe for vegan pesto. Want to take your pasta up notch? Pour it over zucchini noodles!
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with mint chocolate chip ice cream - Need a sweet treat to end the day? Look no further than this homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. Dairy free and packed with fresh mint, this dessert is a perfect guilt-free indulgence.
How will you go green this St. Paddy’s day?