Skip the Green Beer and Go for Our Green Smoothie!
Top of the mornin’ to you! Green is our theme this time, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. The original intent of the day was to honor St. Patrick, who is largely credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the 400’s AD. Over time it has grown into a celebration of all things Irish, and many folks are happy to put on their emerald green for the day to recognize the history, traditions, and culture of Ireland.
While some folks like to celebrate with green beer and a pub crawl, there are lots of other food and beverage options to get you in the Irish mood. So, to help you connect with your inner leprechaun, here are some menu options, starting with our favorite green smoothie.
Green Smoothie – serves 2:
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup coconut water
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup raw kale with center rib removed
- 1 cup mango
- 1 banana
- 1 knuckle ginger, peeled
- 2 tablespoons organic whey, soy, or rice powder
- Add ice as desired
- Combine ingredients and blend until smooth
There are lots of online recipes to help you go green for St. Patrick’s Day. To start your day off, spice up your breakfast with Green Eggs, courtesy of Elana’s Pantry – http://www.elanaspantry.com/green-eggs/.
For dinner try an amazing classic corned beef or crockpot Irish lamb stew recipe from http://busycooks.about.com/od/holidayrecipesandmenus/a/StPatricksDay.htm.
For other healthy green recipes, check out http://www.kitchentreaty.com/70-dye-free-naturally-green-recipes-for-saint-patricks-day/.
St. Patrick was a strong man. Kidnapped at age 16 by pirates, he escaped from enslavement six years later. He attended seminary and spent the rest of his life in Ireland working to combine elements of Irish paganism with Christianity. He had a vision of his life’s goals in late adolescence, and he met every obstacle in his path with strength and perseverance. While we don’t have to wander lost in a foreign country for hundreds of miles or hide out in the depths of cargo ships to reach our goals, we do have to persevere. Goals can come with setbacks, and that’s okay. As you continue your journey toward better health and wellness, stay strong and persevere. The rewards are worth it, and so are you! And that’s no blarney!
Next time we will talk about the spring equinox and making the transition to the season of rebirth.