“Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day?” the checkout lady asked me. I sure was, considering all the green stuff in my cart. “You must be Irish”, she followed up.
I started celebrating Thanksgiving long before becoming an American citizen. I also celebrate the Chinese New Year and I’m not Asian.
My hubby and I have many international friends and we learned throughout the years to celebrate many holidays that belong to different cultures than our own. It’s fun, educational and a great way to learn about new traditions and taste new foods.
So, no! I’m not Irish but I enjoy a St Patrick’s Day party and like to throw one once in a while.
Healthy St Patrick’s Day Party Food Ideas
A St Patrick’s Day party is all about rainbows, leprechauns, shamrocks, green decorations and green food.
The food doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around food coloring. Think of all the naturally green veggies (spinach, asparagus, avocado etc) and fruits (kiwi, green apple, green pear, etc) and you can look for recipes to turn these into healthy appetizers (i.e. spinach dip, mashed peas with dill) and sweet treats.
My idea for this party was to come up with simple and healthy food ideas that kids can help with and keep it on the budget with inexpensive and DIY decorations.
Bite-sized cucumbers and celery ( green bell pepper and broccoli can also be added in the mix) served in small cups with your favorite dip at the bottom will tempt even the kids to eat up their veggies. Cut a cucumber slice as a shamrock and set it on one side of the cup.
These guacamole cups are easy to make, healthy and are ready in 5 minutes. My youngest couldn’t stop stuffing his face with these delicious appetizers. He’s a big avocado fan. You can find the recipe at the end of the post.
I used kiwi, green apple and grapes to make these fruit skewers. Start by slicing your fruits into bite pieces and then slide them one by one onto the skewers. You’ll need a bigger piece of apple for the base and green tape to decorate the top.
I made vanilla cupcake with a coconut twist and they turned out great. Pick your favorite cupcake recipe or try something new. As long as you bake them in green liners, it will be a perfect fit for a St Patrick’s Day party.
What other simple and healthy St Patrick’s Day food ideas would you add to this list?
Back to the delicious guacamole cups. Here are the ingredients and the recipe. Enjoy!
- 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional). I didn't use it in the kids' cups
- 1 mini fillo shells package
- Cut the avocados into halves. Remove the seeds, and scoop out the pulp into a small bowl.
- Use a fork to mash the avocado.
- Stir in lemon juice, salt, cilantro and jalapeno (if using).
- Scoop the guacamole into each cup. Serve immediately.