St. Patrick's Day began as 1600's religious holiday that honored, of course, St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint and a famous Catholic missionary remembered for spreading the good word around the country.

Over the years, however, it has evolved into a more secular holiday, one that has less to do with religion than celebrating Irish culture. This process began in the 1700s, when Irish immigrants held the first St. Patrick's Day parades in the United States to express their national pride.

Though the color originally associated with St. Patrick was actually blue, the color of St. Patrick's Day eventually shifted to green to better reflect the Irish flag and the abundant greenery that earned the country the nickname of the "Emerald Isles."

In traditional Irish lore, wearing green is also thought to render one invisible to those tricky leprechauns. While it's unknown if eating green has the same effect, St. Patrick's Day revelers are certainly eager to!

Food-wise, St. Patrick's Day celebrations can involve everything from green potatoes to green beer. However, what we should all really be doing is seizing the opportunity to enjoy some green vegetables.

Given the current worldwide health crisis, attending a party or heading to the bars is probably the last thing you want to do anyhow. Since you're already staying in, why not show your spirit by trying these super-healthy recipes?

Our Green Smoothie is jam-packed with antioxidants thanks to four different fruits and vegetable, and our light Green Lentil Soup is full to the brim of immune-boosting and fat-burning spices.

If you're in the mood for something heartier, you can whip up our Chicken Green Patties for a healthy and satisfying St. Patrick's meal. In fact, you could try all three for a green breakfast lunch and dinner!

Finally, if you want to be a little more traditional this St. Patrick's Day, you could check out these tasty recipes featuring cabbage, an Irish staple!

Green Smoothie

green smoothie

It is easy to be green with this super-simple recipe! Estimated nutritional value of 66 calories, and .3g fat.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
1 minute
Yield
1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 apple
  • 1/4 orange, peeled
  • 1/4 cucumber, peeled
  • 4 blueberries
  • 1/4 tsp ginger

Directions
Place water, spinach, apple, orange, cucumber, blueberries, and ginger in a blender. Blend on low until just combined; increase speed to high and blend until smooth and liquefied, about 1 minute.

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Green Lentil Soup

green lentil soup

This simple soup is packed with flavor and nutrients! Estimated nutritional value of 155 calories and 5.3g fat.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
10 minutes
Yield
1 serving

Ingredients

  • 50 g lentil flour
  • 1 chopped onions
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

Directions
Heat butter in a pan. Add chopped garlic and onions. Roast till red. Add salt and other spices. Add 50gm lentil flour and 1.5 glass water. Mix well, cook with steam for 10 minutes.

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Chicken Green Patties

green chicken patties

These unique patties are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Estimated nutritional value of 178 calories and 3.7g fat.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
15 minutes
Yield
5 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cup kale stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 long red chili, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, dried
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, dried
  • Salt, to season
  • Cracked pepper, to season
  • 500g free-range chicken mince

Directions
Fry in non-stick pan for approx 15-20 mins.

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