Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As you know, this holiday is all about the color green- green food, green clothes, green everything. Leprechauns bring green treats to our homes, and we enjoy green food!
This year, how about starting St. Patrick’s Day with a green breakfast? Here are some fun ideas:
* Sip on some matcha latte for a nice dose of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. Enjoy and watch for that feeling of zen after the first sip.
* Cut up green fruits and serve as a side. Slice, cut, or smash avocados for an excellent source of good fats for heart health. Or reach for kiwis and honeydew for a heaping dose of vitamin C and lutein. Cut up some green grapes for you or your little ones for some resveratrol- this antioxidant can reduce inflammation and prevent the growth of cancer cells.
* Do Dr. Seuss proud, and serve up some green eggs. This turned out to be a fun science experiment with the kids.
- 1 Head Red cabbage
- 1 Each Egg
Cut cabbage into small strips. Soak in water and microwave for two minutes.
Pour purple water from cabbage into a bowl.
Separate egg whites. Pour the purple water into the egg whites until they turn turquoise.
Fry your egg with some canola oil and watch them turn green
* Try a Shamrock Shake
You can opt to go to your local McDonald’s for their shamrock shake or opt to make your own. Check out the nutrition facts, and you can decide for yourself:
A large, 22-ounce McDonald’s Shamrock Shake contains:
200 calories from fat
22 grams of fat (34% U.S. recommended percent daily value, DV*)
14 grams of saturated fat (72% DV)
1 gram of trans fat
131 grams of total carbohydrates (44% DV)
90 milligrams of cholesterol (30% DV)
115 grams of sugar [28.75 TEASPOONS] (The AHA recommends consuming no more than 25-36 grams/day)
280 milligrams of sodium (12% DV)
To equal the amount of calories (830) in one large Shamrock Shake, you would have to eat one of the following options:
1.5 McDonald’s Big Macs (540 calories per Big Mac)
2.5 McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundaes (330 calories per Hot Fudge Sundae
2.8 McDonald’s Egg McMuffins (290 calories per Egg McMuffin)
4.3 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts (190 calories per Original Glazed Doughnut)
Not only are these shakes huge calorie bombs, but they also contain artificial food coloring. Our preference is to go natural, and that includes food coloring.
Some studies have linked dyes to behavioral problems in children. Specifically, these studies suggest that food dyes exacerbate hyperactivity and ADHD in kids.
What’s happening across the pond? The British government tested healthy children and found that healthy kids were also negatively affected by food dyes. One study (Lancet 2007) evaluated six dyes, including Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 5, and concluded that artificial coloring was correlated with increased hyperactivity in otherwise healthy children. Soon after, a law was enacted to place warning labels on products with the specific food dyes and banned the use of food dyes for infants and young children.
Convinced? Give our Shamrock Shake a try.
- 1 Each Banana Frozen, cut into chunks
- 1 Cup Milk Any kind
- 1/2 Cup Greek yogurt ( or non-dairy substitute)
- 1/2 Cup Baby spinach
- 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 Tsp Mint extract
- 4 Each Ice cubes
- Shaved dark chocolate
Throw everything into a blender and blend.
Top with dark chocolate shavings and enjoy!
* Donuts for breakfast? Yes, please! 🙋🏻🙋🏼
Especially if they are matcha filled baked goodness
…topped with a vanilla, matcha glaze.
A green tea- flavor treat in the form of a baked donut. Perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
- 1 3/4 Cup Cake flour I bleached or white whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 Cup Maple syrup
- 1/4 Cup White sugar
- 2 1/2 Tsp Matcha powder
- 3/4 Tsp Baking powder
- 1/4 Tsp Baking soda
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Buttermilk Low fat
- 1 Each Egg
- 1/4 Cup Butter, meted Or butter alternative
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup Powdered sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Matcha powder
- 2 Tb Low fat milk Or dairy alternative
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Mix well.
Combine buttermilk, 1/4 cup water, melted butter, maple syrup and egg in a separate bowl. Stir with a whisk until everything is evenly distributed.
Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture. Stir until combined and spoon batter into greased donut pan.
Bake at 350 F for 12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Then remove donuts and allow to completely coolmon wire rack.
For the vanilla matcha glaze, mix milk, sugar, vanilla extract and matcha powder together. If you want a thicker frosting, add more sugar.
Frost and enjoy!