6 Ways to Eat Healthy Greens on St. Patrick’s Day

While some are noshing on Irish-inspired foods that accompany a St. Patrick’s Day celebration (we’re looking at you, soda bread and shepherd’s pie!), there are other ways to have a festively green holiday. From adding avocado to your protein-packed smoothie to sprucing up water with refreshing mint and cucumber, here are six recipes full of healthy greens that are sure to put you in the shamrock spirit:

1. Add Pesto to Breakfast
qunioa-kale-pesto-bowl-iron-youSkip the Lucky Charms for a tasty and filling breakfast. Just mix a dollop of homemade or store-bought pesto into some quinoa and top with a poached egg for an extra dose of protein. Get the recipe: The Iron You

 

2. Blend Avocado In a Protein-Packed Smoothie
avocado-smoothie-st-pats-articleStave off mid-morning hunger pangs with a decadent creamy and filling smoothie packed with this fruit that’s loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats! Get the recipe: My Lavender Blues 

 

3. Slice Up Green Apple For a Sammy
apple-grilled-cheese-st-pats-articleAdd a healthy crunch to your sandwich with thin slices of green apple between the bread. Forego mayo or dressing in favor of the apple’s natural tartness. Get the recipe: Unusually Lovely

 

4. Spruce Up Water With Cucumber, Lime and Mint
mint-water-st-pats-articleGet fresh with your drink! Liven up your still or sparkling water naturally with a wedge of lime, a few slices of cucumber and a handful of mint. Get the recipe: Eating Richly

 

5. Sprinkle Brussels Sprouts on Pizza

brussel-sprouts-pizza-st-pats-articleWhether you’re working from scratch or popping a frozen ‘za in the oven, sprinkle some diced Brussels sprouts on top. They’ll roast as the pizza cooks, and you’ll meet nature’s version of candy. Get the recipe: Cookie + Kate

 

6. Munch on Matcha-Flavored Popcorn

matcha-popcorn-st-pats-articleYou won’t miss the extra salt and butter when you try this savory treat. Matcha—a grassy, sweet form of finely milled green tea powder—is all the craze right now, so it’s no surprise it’s showing up in a completely unique way … like popcorn! Get the recipe: Nutrition Stripped