Ready for your world to be flooded with green garb and lucky charms marshmallows? Rather than just indulging on pints of Guiness and questionably coloured ice cream this year, go a little greener with these more nutritious alternatives that are sure to get you in the spirit of a healthy St Patrick’s Day.
We’ve all tried a green smoothie or two by now so pull out the blender and get to the puree-ing! For all you beginners out there, start with a base (almond or rice milk, coconut or filtered water…), add a large handful of greens (kale, spinach, chard…), choose a fruit or two (banana, apple, mango, peach, pineapple, berries…), supercharge it (chia or flax seed, spirulina, vanilla extract…) and sweeten it up (dates, honey, agave…) then blend away and enjoy!
2. Green Juice
Prefer to start your day by reuniting with your juicer? StyleCaster has you covered with 13 Delightful Green Juices to Make at Home.
Some food colourings have been linked to health and behavioural problems so skip on those little drops to colour your beverages and go for a natural option instead.
Snacks and Sides
Can’t even get over how delicious these look. Make a stop over at Cook Republic to sneak some chickpeas into the mix and add some healthy St. Patty’s colour to your plate. Perfect little savoury bites for lunch and snack time.
5. Kale Chips
De-stem, toss in a splash of oil, add some pepper and toss in the oven. Presto, you’ve got a healthy batch of a quick and easy St. Patty’s Day staple.
This side dish is perfect for dipping into any of the spreads below. Enjoy on their own or pair with some simple green hummus; either way these crisps will be a hit.
Dips and Spreads
You really can’t get much simpler in the kitchen than when preparing homemade guac. The avocados do most of the work themselves but once you throw in a little lime juice, onions, cilantro and tomato, you’ve got one heck of a delicious dip.
8. Green Hummus
Spinach gives this hummus is beautiful green hue and tahini brings it back to it’s tasty roots. Cut up some cucumbers, green peppers and celery for some festive dipping vessels.
A healthier take on your typical spinach dip, this recipe uses Greek yogurt rather than cheese, sour cream or mayo.
Another crowd-pleaser here! Pair with some homemade pita chips and a big bowl of chopped veggies then set in front of the crowd and watch it disappear.