These green food ideas are perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. But you can enjoy them any time of year! Whether you’re looking for something to take to a party or just a festive treat to send to school, it’s all here. I’ve also thrown in some ways to get in naturally green foods!
There’s nothing scarier to my kids than green food.
I mean, they’re probably not actually scared. Probably. But getting them to eat most green food without an issue? Ehh.
Unless, that is, I make it fun and familiar. Spinach? Oh, no. Tantrum zone. Spinach puree mixed in to pancakes? Pass the syrup!
What’s more fun that St. Patrick’s Day? A fun holiday revolving around gold, rainbows, and little green men!? Okay, and copious drinking for mom and dad.
Today I’m sharing some of the best
Some naturally green foods!
If you’ve been following for some time you know my pension for getting some fun in with healthier options. Here are some food ideas that are naturally green.
- Spinach (or other greens, like kale). Add a tablespoon of spinach puree into scrambled eggs to get some veggies
inadd fun color!
- Green bell pepper. Slicing these widthwise makes fun little shamrocks!
- Basil. Homemade pesto makes instant green noodles!
- Green beans
- Avocado. Guac anyone? Pair with baked spinach tortillas for a healthy green dip for a St. Patrick’s Day party.
Green Food Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
This super simple fruit salad uses all green fruits and a citrus glaze. Kids will love how simple and sweet it is! You’ll love that it has all natural sugars. Make it into a healthy Irish parfait by layering oranges, yogurt, and green fruit salad.
These pancakes don’t “taste” green what so ever. Lightly sweet, super fluffy, and packed with spinach, these really should be on your every day breakfast plan! Use a shamrock cookie cutter to make them extra special!
Not specifically St. Patrick’s Day, but I see it as a change to get a little more green into my kids without them complicating. These are my all time favorite recipes using the green food! It’s probably the one day a year kids will happily eat it.
How awesome is this veggie platter of green foods?! It’s a more elegant version of a traditional vegetable tray, and a healthy alternative to party food. Pair it with a green spinach and artichoke dip for the perfect mix!
Smoothies are my preferred quick breakfast and this bright green variation would be perfect! Start off your day magically with this healthy drink. Make it even more special and dip the edge of your cup in thick Greek yogurt and then in gold sanding sugar!
A family favorite in my house! It’s veggie packed but the ricotta cuts it so you only taste the cheese and basil. It would be a really fun and healthy way to have a green dinner on St. Patty’s day.
I love doing themed lunches for my kids when they head to school. This version just keeps everything one color, so it’s not only fun but it’s simple. Add a few chocolate gold coins as a fun after lunch surprise.
Even the pickiest eater would love this simple lunch. It’s based around a Leprechaun sandwich! The best part is you could really use any sandwich your kids like. The green foods to add on the side are just as fun and simple
Anyone else a huge fan of the minty milkshake that comes out this time of year? This healthier version is actually VEGAN but I promise you’ll never know. It’s magically delicious!
This one is so easy, you don’t even have to cook anything! just use a green jello cup and some construction paper to make a fun little Leprechaun hat.
Sprinkles, chocolate, and popcorn? Yes please! Not only would this be a fun green treat to munch on at a St. Patrick’s day party, but it’s super simple. Just make sure to grab a bag of the green M&M while out and you’re good to go!
This couldn’t be any simpler and I love it! Just a green tortilla cut with a shamrock cookie cutter. It would be extra fun with a thin layer of hidden veggie pesto!
So, tell me – what colors do your kids avoid like the plague?! Let me know in the comments.
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