Holidays are always filled with family, friends, food and drink.
Around St. Patrick's Day, we see a lot of green colored food: sheet cake, muffins, pastries, doughnuts, milkshakes, popcorn beer and other foods and beverages that usually contain loads of simple carbohydrates, fat and synthetic food dye, FD&C Green No. 3.
This infographic entitled "10 Healthy Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day" suggests whole food options that are naturally green, healthy and easy on your waistline if you are on a diet:
Apples (Granny Smith are delicious with organic almond nut butter)
Avocados (nutritious and filling, they work well in many appetizers, salads and main dishes)
Grapes (a healthier alternative to green popcorn, cotton candy and sugary breakfast items and desserts)
Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, red and green leaf lettuce salads)
Celery sticks with natural, organic nut butters make great snacks and munchies
Asparagus makes an excellent and nutritious side dish
Fresh Mint leaves make spectacular bright green garnish for both food and beverages, like tea
Raw, organic Pistachios and Pumpkin Seeds to nibble on are healthier than salty, roasted nuts or chips
Infographic Source: Sarah M. Chaplin