Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day

Pork With Broccoli and Hoisin Sauce
Kana Okada
Whip up one of these tasty treats, snacks, meals, or sides and your little leprechauns will be certain they have the luck of the Irish.
Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

St. Paddy’s Day Shake

The greens go down easy in this creamy smoothie that your little leprechauns will love.

Add ½ cup milk, ½ cup water, 1 cup baby spinach, and ¼ cup fresh mint leaves to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Add ½ green apple (cored, but peel on), 1 frozen banana, and agave syrup to taste. Blend until creamy.

Makes 2 smoothies.

NUTRITION PER SERVING 126 calories; 4g protein; 2g fat (1g sat. fat); 26g carbs; 4g fiber; 17g sugar; 2mg iron; 116mg calcium; 46mg sodium.

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Spinach Pancakes

Top o' the Morning! Surprise your kids on St. Patrick's Day with these fun flapjacks.

Photograph By Doug Merriam, Idea By Deirdre Smith Of Jdaniel4Smom.Com
Photograph By Doug Merriam, Idea By Deirdre Smith Of Jdaniel4Smom.Com

Over the Veggie Rainbow

This St. Patrick's Day snack provides a golden opportunity to entice your kids to eat fresh vegetables. To make it, fill a small bowl with naturally green guacamole. Slice four long strips of bell peppers in various colors and arrange them as shown. Cut two small cauliflower clouds, skewer each with a toothpick, then position one on each side of the peppers. Place sliced carrot coins beside the bowl for the leprechaun's pot of gold.

Entice your kids to eat fresh vegetables with this St. Patrick's Day snack. To make it, fill a small bowl with guacamole and dress it up with a bell pepper rainbow, cauliflower clouds, and carrot gold!

Andrew Greto
Andrew Greto

Shamrock Smoothie

This festive St. Patrick's Day treat offers nearly 100 percent of your daily vitamin C. Combine a large banana (peeled, sliced, and frozen), 2 cups honeydew melon chunks, 2 kiwifruits (peeled and cut into chunks), 1 cup frozen vanilla yogurt, and 1/4 cup tightly packed parsley leaves in a blender and puree them until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 4 cups.

To make this healthy (and festive!) St. Patrick's Day treat, blend up a banana, honeydew melon chunks, kiwifruits, frozen vanilla yogurt, and parsley leaves. It offers nearly 100 percent of your daily vitamin C.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Minty Peas

You can't get more green than these peas! Sauté 2 cups frozen peas in 2 teaspoons olive oil on medium for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 1 teaspoon lemon peel, and a dash of salt and pepper.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Breakfast Pizza

Sure this green frittata is good for breakfast, but it also makes a healthy and festive lunch or dinner. To save time, make the dish the night before; it can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat leftover slices in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Switch up your breakfast routine with this breakfast pizza, using eggs, spinach, cheese, sun dried tomatoes and ham.

Kang Kim
Kang Kim

Kooky Kale Chips and Dip

Kids will crave this vitamin-packed leafy green when it's turned into a crunchy chip and served with a dip. One recent study at Temple University found that 3- to 5-year-olds chowed down about 80 percent more veggies when they had something to dunk them in.

Kids dish on their favorite afterschool snacks--healthy and otherwise.

Kana Okada
Kana Okada

Green Gnocchi

In 20 minutes and with only six ingredients you'll have an emerald-hued meal on the table that both the adults and kids will enjoy thanks to the pillow-y gnocchi and savory pesto.

Paula Hible
Paula Hible

Cucumber Ribbon Salad

This fun riff on classic cucumber rounds is perfect for a side dish at dinner or even an afternoon snack. To make, trim the ends off a medium cucumber, then cut it in half crosswise and peel into strips. Whisk 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon honey, salt, and pepper. Toss the dressing with the cucumber and some toasted sesame seeds.

Kana Okada
Kana Okada

Pork with Broccoli and Hoisin Sauce

Alright, so Asian food may not be the first thing you think of on St. Patrick's Day. But the broccoli in this crowd-pleasing stir-fry is all the green you need. Serve this main dish on its own or round out dinner with a side of brown rice.

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