Healthy St. Patrick's Day recipes!

By: Health Local Staff Mar 12, 2014
St. Patrick's Day food

Fun and healthy recipes found at the end of the rainbow.

St. Paddy’s Day can be a fun holiday that welcomes friends while summoning in the warmth of spring. Traditional St. Patrick’s Day foods offer a taste of Ireland that is hearty, warm and fattening, while the new spin on green foods offer a little luck to your heart and thighs. 

If you want to continue the momentum of your New Year’s resolution, or have recently started a new one, you won’t have to throw out your hard work simply because St. Patrick's Day arrived on the calendar. Below are some tasty and fun recipes for the holiday that are healthy and easy to make.

Cilantro Salsa with Guacamole

This dip may not be 100% green, it has some green in it with the avocadoes and goes great with some green tortilla or kale chips and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Here’s what you need:

  • Small container of cherry tomatoes
  • One large tomato
  • Roasted garlic
  • ½ cup diced green onion
  • 1-2 avocadoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro

Chop the veggies up and combine all ingredients into a glass bowl. Be sure to add the avocado last so that it does turn brown. Garnish with cilantro. 

Healthy Green Cupcakes with Shamrock Icing

Truly one of the easiest cupcake or muffin recipes for St. Patrick's Day because you can purchase a healthy mix or do it yourself using a traditional recipe passed down from your grandmother. Simply mix the muffin or cupcake mix and add green tea powder or food colouring to make the mix green. 

For the icing, combine some freshly whipped cream and cream cheese with either a splash of green tea powder or food colouring. Pipe a shamrock on top of the muffin or cupcake once cooled and serve up to your guests. 

Toasted Kale Chips

Invite your guests to the snacking table with the greenest of green kale chips.  All you need is:

  • 1-2 bunches of fresh kale
  • Olive oil (spray works the best for coating)
  • Sea salt
  • Your choice of seasonings, such as thyme, oregano, smoked paprika, etc.

Now, simply heat your oven to 350 degrees and place the rack in the middle of the oven. Be sure to wash your kale and let it dry on paper towels or place in a spinner. Cut the kale into bite size pieces (these will become your chips).  Spray with oil and season up the leaves, place evenly on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the leaves are as crispy as you like. You may need to turn the leaves a couple of times during the baking process to ensure crispiness. Kale chips burn easily, so be sure to watch for brown edges and check often. 

Drinks are as important as the food at any St. Patty’s Day party, so be sure to offer up the green drinks, green punch and other beverages that can stand to receive a drop or two of green food colouring. Green ice cubes are a nice touch, especially if you place a piece of mint in the water while making the cubes. 

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