St. Patrick’s day is an annual holiday that takes every March 17th. Traditionally, the day is supposed to mark the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most celebrated patron saint. But in reality, St. Patty’s day is all about eating and drinking at the nearest Irish Pub. Well what if you’re truly committed to your health and fitness? How can you participate in all these great festivities? Don’t worry; I got you covered! Here are three fun and easy recipes you can implement into your diet today and give it that extra green, St. Patrick’s theme.
Who doesn’t like guacamole? If prepared correctly, this party favorite is totally healthy snack you can enjoy on this wonderfully green day. You will need:
- 3 avocados, peeled, pitted, and mashed
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup onion, diced
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Now that you have all your ingredients in place, it’s time to mix everything together. Grab a medium sized bowl and mix the avocados, lime juice, and salt first. Then mix in the onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Finally, stir the cayenne pepper. For best flavor, pop the bowl in the fridge for about 1 hour. Then serve immediately. You can accompany it with chips, pita, crackers, anything!
Sounds boring, huh? Well don’t be deceived by the name because this side dish is both delicious and healthy. Baking them is also a breeze. All you need is:
- 1 ½ pounds of Brussels sprouts
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 slices of bacon (preferably from pastured pork), cut into small pieces
- salt and pepper to taste
To bake them, make sure you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. While you are preheating, go ahead and clean your brussel sprouts. The best way to do this is trimming the back part, then rinsing them with some apple-cider vinegar and water. Place your brussel sprouts on a baking dish and drizzle some olive oil over them. Sprinkle salt and pepper and toss the brussel sprouts so they are all evenly coated. Pop them in the oven for 45 minutes, turning them every 15 minutes, and voila!
Hulk Smash Lime Protein Shake
This one is probably my favorite. It’s a beautifully green shake that’s great after your workout. You will need:
- 2 scoops of BioTrust Low Carb Vanilla
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- ½ avocado
- ½ cup of plain non-fat greek yogurt
- 1 cup of spinach
Once you have all your ingredients ready to go, put them all in your blender and blend away. You can taste it before serving, in case you want to pour in more lime juice. It’s all up to your taste buds.
I hope you have fun with these green, healthy recipes. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!