Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day: Cucumber Water, Guacamole and Zoodles
Why only wear green when you can eat green too?! And guess what – you don’t have to stock up on green food coloring or artificial flavors either. Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day – or any day – with these 5 healthy and naturally green recipes!
- Gulp Green
Wake up and quench your thirst! Adding a few slices of cucumber to a cold glass of water will help you hydrate, adds vitamins and minerals, and can curb your appetite. Did you know that cucumbers may have anti-cancer properties? So grab a cucumber and drink up! If cucumber is not your flavor, try adding slices of lime or a sprig of mint.
- Green Munchies
Craving a crunch? Sliced pickles or baked kale chips make the perfect substitutes for greasy fried potato chips. Feeling nutty? Grab a handful of pistachios for a crunch that’s packed with protein.
- Pot of Green
It’s tempting to make a pot of gold (aka cheese dip) or reach for the ranch. Don’t worry – there is a quick, delicious AND healthy option to celebrate the holiday. Walk past the cream and cheese and pick up an avocado instead! Guacamole is easy to make by mashing up one ripe avocado and adding a squeeze of lime, minced garlic, plus a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
- Swap for a Salad
Add as a side or fill up on salad! Pick fresh organic and leafy greens and toss in vegetables like grilled asparagus and steamed broccoli or even slices of avocado, celery, cucumber and green bell peppers. There’s plenty of green to choose from! But, don’t stop there. Top your salad with green onion, and finish with a side of creamy avocado dressing, basil vinaigrette or spicy salsa verde.
- Green for Dinner!
Replace your noodles with zoodles! Zoodles, or Zucchini Noodles, are made by slicing a zucchini into very thin noodle-size slices with a knife, julienne or spiral vegetable slicer. Boil in water or sautee with 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 2 to 5 minutes or until the “noodles” are tender and serve with your favorite pesto sauce. Tah dah! Your green dinner is served.