St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and if you are looking to participate in this festive day, why not do so with your food! There are many ways to maintain a healthy diet and still partake in the spirit of St. Patty’s Day – starting with keeping the green theme alive.
If you are hosting a party this St. Patrick’s Day or just simply feel like enjoying the festivities at home, here are some fun and healthy green snack ideas to try this year!
Vegetables and Hummus
Have you ever noticed how many green vegetables there are? On days like St. Patrick’s Day, this comes in handy! You can never go wrong with a veggie and hummus tray as a delicious and high-protein snack. There is a wide variety of hummus flavors you can choose from at the grocery store, or you can even attempt to make your own at home! Chickpeas are high in protein and help keep you full throughout the day. Assort your veggie tray with all the greens you can think of – broccoli, cucumbers, snap peas, green peppers, and celery are easily accessible and contain high levels of fiber, potassium, and iron. Vegetables and hummus is the perfect snack for every day but is even better when celebrating festivities.
Guacamole and Spinach Dip
Dips are the ultimate party snack, so why not keep up with the green theme with homemade guacamole and spinach dip! Whether you are making it to share or eat alone, these green dips are easy to whip up and taste even better. You can find hundreds of quick and easy homemade guacamole and spinach dip recipes on places like Pinterest and online. These dips require a minimal amount of ingredients while ensuring you still get your vegetable intake in! Avocados are a great source of natural fats and potassium – perfect for those who want to maintain or lose weight. Likewise, spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals, like vitamin E, necessary to our health and immunity. Serve your guacamole or spinach dip with a side of whole-grain tortilla chips or pita bread for some healthy carbs. These dips are practically meant for St. Patrick’s Day, given their vibrant green coloring.
Green Fruit Bowl
A fruit bowl is always a great healthy option if you are craving something sweet. Green apples, green grapes, kiwi’s, honeydew, and pears are all green fruits that not only taste delicious but are festive and easy snack ideas. You can assort these fruits on a tray, add them to your choice of yogurt, or even blend them up in your favorite protein smoothie recipe. In addition, the fruits listed above are known to decrease inflammation, improve your immune system, and nourish the brain.
Instead of feeling blue, these healthy green snack ideas will get you in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day while keeping you energized and full. Moreover, these snacks make incorporating greens into your diet less intimidating and rather tasty.
Wishing you a pot full of gold, and health, this St. Patrick’s Day!