Here are 4 healthy ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at home with the whole family.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day for many people includes green beer, cupcakes, and other tasty (but unhealthy) treats. Unfortunately, these delicious snacks leave you feeling heavy and sluggish the next day. If you want to have a healthy St. Patrick's Day but don't want to miss out on the fun, you're going to love these easy ideas.
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4 Healthy Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Home
1. Protein Shamrock Shake Recipe
According to the American Society for Nutrition, having a high-protein breakfast can increase muscle mass and calorie burn. This also reduces your tendency to snack in the evening (meaning no more late-night trips to the fridge). During holidays like St. Patrick's Day, this will help limit your temptation to grab that green cupcake you've been eyeing.
In order to start your St. Patrick's day off on the right foot, a protein shamrock shake is the ideal option. Unlike other shamrock shake recipes out there, you can serve this to your family guilt-free. This protein smoothie is fun to make and turns into a beautiful, festive green colour. What more could you ask for? We've also hidden handfuls of spinach in it, but don't worry, you (and the kids), will never know it's there.
Check out the full Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe here.
2. DIY St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold
Keeping the whole family entertained is difficult on the best of days, but especially while staying at home. Luckily, with this simple and low-cost St. Patrick's Day craft, everyone can have some festive fun.
So what is this craft you're asking? Your very own DIY pot of gold. All you need is some paint, a few small rough edged rocks, as well as some smooth ones. Paint the small rough-edged rocks gold to make realistic-looking gold nuggets that the kids will love.
Pro Tip: If you have a mortar and pestle you can throw a few nuggets in the mortar to make a décor-worthy pot of gold. Also, if you have smooth stones you can paint 4 leaf clovers on them to make some lucky "sham-rocks" to go with. See what we did there?
Another thing to do once your golden nuggets are painted and dry, is to turn it into a fun golden-nugget-hunt for the kids. Think Easter egg hunt, St. Patrick's Day edition. Hiding the nuggets around the yard and in the house will surely burn some of the children's energy while they're busy searching for their pot of gold.
3. Green Irish Soda Bread Recipe
So, you've shown the kiddos how to paint their golden nuggets and now it's time for a mid-St. Patrick's day snack. Look no further than some green Irish soda bread.
This delicious recipe from Lands and flavours is the perfect addition to your St. Patrick's day festivities. Not only does this bread bake into a beautiful shade of green, but it's also vegan and has no added fat.
Here's a brief break down of what you'll need:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups (packed) fresh spinach
- rolled oats to sprinkle on top
This recipe is delicious when it's paired with vegan butter or cream cheese, preserves, or simply dipped in olive oil and herbs.
Warning: Once you try this St. Patrick's day soda bread you'll want to make it all the time, and that's totally okay (we won't judge).
4. DIY Matcha Green Tea Face Mask
To round off your St. Patrick's day, a hydrating face mask is a perfect choice.
We love this do-it-yourself matcha green tea face mask because it's easy to make, and has all natural ingredients (that you can actually pronounce).
All you're going to need is:
Simply stir all of the ingredients together until they are fully combined and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 15-30 minutes (or longer if you want). Once you are done with your mask, rinse it off with warm water and pat your face dry.
After this refreshing mask, your skin will feel supple and ready for the week ahead.
Although St. Patrick's days of the past have been filled with large groups of friends, spending the day at home with the family can be just as fun. A day packed with crafts, snacks and a relaxing face mask to close it out may just become your new St. Patrick's Day normal.
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