Color Your St. Patrick’s Day the Natural Way!
Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am
St. Patrick’s Day is the one day a year where everybody gets to be a little Irish. Whether you’re going all out and serving a traditional dish like corned beef and cabbage at your annual celebration, or heading down to your local pub for a pint of your favorite beer, one thing unites any St. Patty’s celebration – the color green! The classic tradition is to wear green in order to avoid being pinched. However, some like to take it a step further and make everything green. You’re sure to hear about green eggs and ham, green beer and cocktails, green desserts, and much, much more.
Many of these St. Patrick’s Day delights are dyed with artificial food colorings that may be harmful to your health. Luckily, there are tons of naturally occurring ingredients in nature you can use to tint your foods and drinks a lovely shade of green. Here are a few suggestions:
This green leafy vegetable is great for adding to just about anything because it doesn’t have a very powerful flavor. You can toss it into a food processor and add to everything from eggs to frosting to achieve the green hue you’re looking for. Plus, you’ll get a great nutritional boost in the process!
Avocado is great for creating creamy frostings and desserts. It offers smooth, rich texture without overpowering any of the sweet or sugary flavors you’ve created. Because it processes easily, you can add it to your favorite smoothies, soups, dips and more.
Spirulina is a green algae that is harvested for its nutritional benefits. It can be found in powder form in your local health food store’s spice section. A little bit goes a long way! You can add it to your favorite recipes to achieve the green hue you’re looking for. You can also add a little bit to make turn your favorite light ale into a green beer!
Powdered Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass is known the world over for its massive health benefits. A single shot of wheatgrass juice provides you with many of the health benefits of eating large amounts of green vegetables. You can add the powdered stuff to your dishes, smoothies, and even light beer for some delightful green treats!
Basil & Leafy Herbs
Using herbs is an easy way to dye your food green and make your dish taste great! Use basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese to make a delicious pesto sauce to add to your favorite pastas or sandwiches. Mint is another herb that can be used to make refreshing green cocktails.
Natural Food Dyes
Many health food stores offer food dyes made with plant-based extracts. Check your local shop to see if you can find the right dye to make your St. Patrick’s Day celebration a little more festive!