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