Green beer, green potato hash with bangers, and steak and kidney pie—none of these traditional St. Patrick’s Day fares will win any saintly awards when it comes to health. So how about celebrating being green the healthy way with these eight St. Pat’s recipes…

1. Shamrock Smoothie

This shamrock smoothie goes against its moniker by nixing the fatty, sugary milkshake base and replacing it with nutritious kiwi, banana, green grapes, and lime yogurt.  So you end up with a shamrock that’s lucky in vitamin C and fiber, and if it’s past noon you can even add a few shots of rum to get in the spirit of the holiday.

 

Source: MidwestLiving.com

2. Avocado Fries

You can hardly enjoy a traditional Irish luncheon without fries…but who says they need to be of the fried potato variety? These “green” fries are lightly breaded avocado filled with heart-healthy fats and dipped in a side of creamy Greek yogurt rather than blue cheese or mayo. And, we take the nutritional value one step further by suggesting you bake them in the oven rather than deep-frying.

Source: Adventures-in-Cooking.com

3. Leprechaun Dip

Kale and canned white cannellini beans pack this green dip with tons of nutritional vitamins, protein, and fiber. Pair it with a side of whole grain crackers and pita triangles for a hearty scoop containing the goodness of lemon, raw cashews, fresh roasted garlic, and tahini (sesame seeds).

Source: Foodily.com

4. Colcannon

No St. Patrick’s Day dinner menu is complete with a traditional bowl of Colcannon. The classic Irish cabbage dish gets an infusion of serious super food power by swapping the stinky cabbage for savory leeks and vibrant kale! Now instead of gas you’ll get a double dose of iron and antioxidants!

Source: GoodLifeEats.com

5. Green Mac n’ Cheese

This dish is sure to draw the little leprechauns out of their hiding spots and to the table. Introducing the ultimate comfort food in a new shade with a bit of a healthy dose of vegetables that they won’t even know is good for them. The green in this dish comes from spinach puree, but the baby greens are blended no one will expect the nutrition over a healthy whole-wheat macaroni.

Source: HeatherCristo.com

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6. Beef and Guinness Stew

A hearty St. Pat’s favorite, a thick and savory bowl of beef and Guinness stew certainly does the trick after a night of celebration. Despite the fact that the obligatory Guinness Draught is used in the sauce, you can’t overlook the healthy ingredients—lean beef chuck, fresh onion, carrot, parsnips, turnip, parsley, caraway seeds, and sweet raisins.

Source: Cooking Light

7. Kale Chips

It’s nice to have a crispy snack to accompany a frothy brew. But you’re already pouring plenty of empty calories down your gullet with that beer, why not pair it with a healthy snack like kale chips? Not only are they green; they’re also simply topped with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.

 

Source: Eating Well

8. Avocado Crème Brûlée

Sure, avocados make for healthier spreads, dips, and sandwich toppers. However, they also make better nutritionally packed bases in desserts too, thanks to the creamy texture that mimics butter or cream—without the bad fats. Blend a few avocados to the consistency of custard in your food processor, then add a crunchy layer of burnt maple sugar (the real stuff) for a yummy topping

Source: FoodRepublic.com

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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