Tips for a Natural & Homemade St. Patrick's Day
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Tips for a Natural & Homemade St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 10:28 am
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We are all careful of what we feed our bodies and a holiday shouldn't change that. Be kind to your health this year with these natural ideas for St Patrick's Day.We are all careful of what we feed our bodies and a holiday shouldn't change that. Be kind to your health this year with these natural ideas for St Patrick's Day.Can you believe St Patrick’s Day is next week already? As you prepare for your St. Patrick’s Day meals and snacks for school parties or work, consider recipes and foods that are naturally green and homemade. We are all careful of what we feed our bodies and a holiday shouldn’t change that. Be kind to your health this year with these fun, natural ideas for St Patrick’s Day.

How to Have a Natural St. Patrick’s Day

Enjoy Naturally Green Foods

Try to incorporate a variety of naturally green real foods. There’s no reason to use artificial dye with all the wonderful green foods available to us. Here are some ideas: Cucumbers, Zucchini, Green Apples, Green Grapes, Kiwi, Celery, Spinach, Green lettuces, Collard and other greens, Okra, Cabbage, Limes, Avocados, Honeydew melon, Green pears, Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe (rapini), Brussels Sprouts, Green Beans, Green Peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas, Endive, Green Onions, Green Bell Peppers, Green Chilies, Kale, Parsley, dill, basil and many other herbs, Pistachios, Pickles, Leeks, Tomatillos, Seaweed, Edamame or Green olives. Did you ever imagine there were so many real green foods available?? Comment below if you can think of any more!

Send Natural Green Snacks & Treats to School or Work

A holiday doesn’t have to include high-sugar, artificially flavored sweets and snacks! There are many of natural options too. Surprise your colleagues at work by bringing some fun green snacks to work with you like your favorite green veggies dipped in Spinach Hummus (from Fannetastic Food) or Avocado Deviled Eggs (from This Mama Cooks!). Make your kids smile at lunchtime with Avocado Mac-and-Cheese (from Two Peas and their Pod) or Apple Pie Spinach Smoothies (from Back to Her Roots). If you’re contributing to a school party, bring healthy treats like Pistachio Pudding (from Eat Your Heart Out) or Naturally Green Cupcakes (from Babble).

Cook a Homemade St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete without a traditional Irish Corned Beef & Cabbage with Irish Soda Bread dinner. This year, skip the pre-packaged corned beef that’s full of ingredients that you may not be able to pronounce and make it all from scratch – it really isn’t very hard. This easy Corned Beef Brisket recipe from Jun-blog uses spices that you likely already have at home in your pantry. Start now though so your meat has time to brine before next week! Once it’s time to cook the corned beef, simply add onions, carrots and cabbage (save 20% this week!) to your dish and you’ll have the perfect main dish. For your side dish, make homemade All-Natural Green Mashed Potatoes from Babble, colored with spinach, and still delicious as ever. Your St Patrick’s Day dinner won’t be complete without some delicious homemade Irish Soda bread. Try this Easy Irish Soda Bread recipe from The Midnight Baker. Simply mix all the ingredients together and bake – no rising required!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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