Make Your St. Patrick's Day a Healthy One
By Brandi Goodman
Irish culture gets celebrated on the 17th of March every year. Many do not actually realize what the original intention for the day was and simply use it as a day to drink and be joyful. St. Patrick's Day once marked the moment Christianity was introduced to Ireland. It is now used to observe the date of death of the patron saint. Those who truly want to celebrate should do so in healthy ways that mark the occasion in a suitable manner.
Have a Healthy Feast
Because the holiday falls during Lent -- a time when many people give up eating meat -- the protein-rich food became a traditional option for a St. Patrick's Day feast. Bacon was often the meat of choice. A meal of bacon and cabbage was the go-to option. Now, bacon has been noted as one of the least healthy meat choices. Opt for turkey bacon instead so you can still celebrate -- but in a healthier, lower-sodium way.
Create a Holiday-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Parents can help their kids celebrate the occasion with a holiday-themed scavenger hunt. Clovers are a popular plant from Ireland. Hide clover stickers throughout your house or even outdoors and see if your kiddos can find them all. All the running around will provide great exercise. Offer a special reward to the one who finds the most.
Make Your Own Shamrock Shake
A shamrock shake has long been a tradition at McDonald's. Other mint shake versions have been created at similar fast food locations. However, all of these options are not the least bit healthy for you. Make your own shamrock shake at home that's much more nutritious and doesn't pack in all the sugar. Low-fat milk, spinach, peppermint extract, and a frozen banana can help create a more worthwhile concoction.
Serve Green Snacks
Green is the color associated with St. Patrick's Day. Many choose to wear the color, but plenty of people opt for green drinks and food as well. Serve green snacks throughout the day that are nutritious. Cucumbers and avocados are two great options for this purpose. You could offer whole wheat crackers topped with avocado or cucumber slices with a bit of seasoning.
Make your St. Patrick's Day a healthy one with these options in mind. Anyone with Irish blood who truly wants to celebrate the cultural depiction can find beneficial ways to do so that are good for their well-being.
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