Skip the Shamrock Shake: Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated every March 17th, is a holiday meant to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. The day is recognized with traditional Irish fare, shamrocks and everything green.  Unfortunately, this means that green coloring (usually artificial) is added to otherwise not green foods. If you’re really into eating ‘green’, skip the food coloring and get your green from food instead.

Traditional Irish Fare

Here is a Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe fromcorned-beef-and-cabbage-healthy WellnessMama.com. To make it completely Paleo, saute veggies in olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter. We don’t recommend eating corned beef too often, as it’s cured in salt brine, making its sodium content high.paleoshepherdspie

This Shepherd’s Pie from PaleoGrubs.com is a great addition to your weekly meal pattern, fusing wholesome ingredients with a classic favorite.

 

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Everyday Green Foods

Looking for a festive breakfast? Try this Bell Pepper Frittata from Skinny Taste. Substitute sweet potatoes for the regular potatoes or omit to make it paleo.

 

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FoodNetwork.com’s Emerald Egg is a twist on deviled eggs. You can also make this recipe with avocado for your touch of green instead of watercress. Try this one from CaliforniaAvocado.com.blueberry-avocado2band2bspinach2bsmoothie

 

 

Add spinach or kale to any smoothie recipe to make it green. If you aren’t comfortable experimenting, here’s a good recipe. Don’t be food by the color, the fruit makes it sweet.

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Don’t forget dessert! A good bakery dessert that is Paleo, green and delicious is hard to find. Try this Paleo Green Tea Granita from VitaCost.com. If you’re not into green tea, try this Avocado Key Lime Cheesecake. It takes a bit of prep work, but it’s worth it.

 

Can’t get enough? Here’s a list of other green (and Paleo) foods to eat today!

Lettuce, kale, cucumber, spinach, artichoke, green pepper, zucchini, broccoli, celery, apples, pears, grapes, kiwi, brussel sprouts, okra, scallions, asparagus, swiss chard…I think that should cover you for one day.

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