If you like pasta, try green fusilli for St. Patrick’s Day. Many kids enjoy comfort foods such as the pasta with twists and turns. You can make a healthy sauce over it that’s green. Instead of using green food coloring which sometimes is used in commercial ice cream, try pureed kale with chicken or vegetable broth. You also can use spinach-flavored pasta if you want the pasta also to be green.
Then warm it up over cooked fusilli. The kids go for green foods on St. Patrick’s Day. And it’s one way of getting children to eat their healthy kale by pureeing it in a blender with flavored chicken or vegetable broth.
You can use green pesto sauce, but kale is a dark green leafy vegetable that’s healthy without adding fats or oils. Just put washed kale in a blender with tasty flavored or spiced liquids or simple seasoned broth and puree it. then pour it over cooked fusilli and warm it up.
Another snack for kids on St. Patrick’s Day is to take three tablespoons of ground flax seeds (meal) and mix with an egg, a tablespoon of liquid, such as green juice, and seasonings. You can chop green vegetables and add it to the ‘dough.’ Then pat it into a cookie shape like a round, flat bread, and bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch and not wet on the inside. Serve warm like a wrap, flat bread or savory cookie.
Eating Green Foods for St. Patrick’s Day
It’s the day to eat green foods. You can do that by eating green, leafy vegetables or coloring your fusilli green with pureed kale and chicken broth when you eat at home. When you mix pureed kale and chicken broth which is green with tomato paste, tomato juice, or sauce, you get a thick brown gravy color that you can put over pasta, vegetables, fish, tempeh, or meats. Or just color your food green using pureed kale instead of commercial green food coloring.
Or you can stop in for a green-colored donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts. How about green donuts? See the site, Donut Lovers Are in Luck: Dunkin’ Donuts Offers St. Patrick’s Day. As for Dunkin’ Donuts, donut fans are truly lucky this St. Patrick’s Day season, as Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, is offering two St. Patrick’s Day-inspired donuts.
The Lucky Mint Donut features a glazed chocolate cake donut topped with chocolate icing and a mint chocolate bark topping. The Green Shamrock Donut is a yeast ring donut garnished with green icing and festive shamrock-shaped sprinkles. Both donuts will be available through the end of March at participating restaurants nationwide as a perfect treat to help keep you running from the top o’ the mornin’ and throughout the day.
Watch out for Intoxicated Drivers as St. Patrick’s Day 2012 is on Saturday
On another note, check out the March 12, 2012 Sacramento Bee article, Beware the Saturday St. Patrick’s Day. According to the Bee article, the latest data from Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS) released on offenders shows that when St. Patricks Day is on a Saturday, drinking violations increase 25% over the average for the rest of the year—and that’s for offenders who know they’re being monitored and whose consequences are often time in jail.
Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS), monitors 14,000 DUI and other alcohol-involved offenders each day, every half hour, for alcohol consumption. Be aware that St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to symbolize drinking to celebrate. How about fundraising instead or eating healthy green food as in green, leafy vegetables instead of commercial green food coloring put in ice cream or sweets?
Corn beef or bacon and cabbage is eaten in Ireland. So why eat green-colored junk foods here and then drink yourself into an arrest? Tthe newly released data from monitoring systems shows that when the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday falls on a Friday or Saturday, violation rates skyrocket 25% over the average for the rest of the year.
That’s a big difference when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday. How about honoring St. Patrick in a house of worship of your choice? Then celebrate with fundraising or eating a healthy meal.
When the holiday falls during the week, the monitoring systems company sees an increase in violations of around 10% compared to the average rate of violations the rest of the years. The problems occur when Patrick’s Day is on a Friday or Saturday.
If you have the weekend to sleep-in, the rate of drinking violations is just over 25% higher than average. That’s more than double the increase observed for a mid-week holiday. You can check out the study that monitored holiday drinking for the last 7 years.
So how are you going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento this March 17, 2012 which falls on a Saturday, the traditional day to party for many people. Be responsible in your celebration.
St. Patrick’s Day: Fundraising, Eating, or Cooking Greener
St. Patrick’s Day usually is devoted to fundraising with food. What most cities really need for St. Patrick’s day is an alternative fund raising event kids can participate in that also remembers the older crowd longing for a noon hour music celebration of traditional Irish music, especially Celtic harp music held in a place easily accessible to riders of public transportation such as at local shopping malls, senior centers, houses of worship, community centers, libraries, campuses, or parks. How about more salad greens?
St. Patrick’s Day also is more about the feeling in the music, of being Irish for a day regardless of what you are on other days, the ambiance of honoring St. Patrick’s message of peace, and more choices in food, and of course, green juices or smoothies made from juicing leafy green vegetables. Maybe even some noontime folk dance troops are welcome.
Sacramento needs more daytime ethnic festivals. Come September, at you can be Greek for a day at the Convention center. How about a daytime Irish music and food festival at the convention center or during the lunch hour in old Sacramento during March one of these years?
Did you ever notice the generational divide between the young and the over 70 set when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s day festivities here in Sacramento? The older generation has a traditional Irish food fare of corned beef and cabbage or seafood and green vegetables, sips tea or has one glass of beer. And for health’s sake traditionally drinks a green smoothie made of emulsified spinach, celery, wheat grass juice (or a teaspoon of barley grass powder in liquid) kale, and romaine lettuce.
Or perhaps an intergenerational group or family visits one of Sacramento’s vegan restaurants on St. Patrick’s day to experience the wearing of the green and eating it too. How about having a very green St. Patrick’s day vegan block party as an alternative to the annual block parties widely advertised in the local areas? If no alcoholic beverages are touted, it won’t be necessary to advertise hotel reservations for those too drunk to drive home after the festivity in the usual pub style that happens each year.
You can’t tell younger people that they can have fun with green smoothies and traditionally Celtic music, perhaps live folk music and folk dancing, but again, the over 70 crowd would love it whether it was held in a public park, a community center, senior center, or on a campus under life long learning headlines with the various active in retirement groups that have classes and events for life-long learners. St Patrick’s Day also is a learning experience as well as a food and music celebration.
How many people actually have a family dinner together either at home or at a restaurant and then go to the house of worship of their choice to honor St. Patrick on his day? How many actual Irish traditional music concerts are offered to the public on March 17th that are about a music concert, perhaps held in a hall or other meeting place that does not also have the music there primarily to sell beer or whiskey–whether green food coloring is added or not? Of course, if you want the usual St. Patrick’s day block party type celebration, and it suits you fine, there are events happening downtown in Sacramento.
Kale is Green
One suggestion regarding good nutrition for St. Patrick’s Day is to honor the saint by eating a salad of ‘shamrock’-shaped kale, that is a shamrock shape trimmed from a salad of green veggies such as spinach, kale, and other green leafy vegetables like flat parsley cut in the shape of shamrocks. Do you plan to eat shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day?
Maybe what you’re really eating is the tastier, edible Irish wood sorrel. But what’s on the menu for most Americans that celebrate Irish culture and food for St. Patrick’s Day? If you want to find out about what Irish-American people eat you’d have to ask all of them.
Check out the latest U.S. Census American Community Survey to see how many people claim Irish ancestry in your city. In the USA, 36.3 million Americans claim Irish descent. You can even look up a national survey of what the Irish eat–in Ireland.
Check out the national survey of what the Irish eat–in Ireland. See the article at Wellsphere, “Half of Irish Consumers Don’t Read Food Labels.” A new survey by Ireland’s Nutrition and Health Foundation claims 61% of men and 40% of females never read nutrition labels before making a purchase.
Experts questioned 536 people in local supermarkets and determined only 32% of those surveyed knew the difference between salt and sodium and only 10% understood the difference between energy and calories, Food Navigator reports. Irish consumers aren’t paying attention, according to the latest survey of what the Irish eat in Ireland.
The article touting the survey asks viewers to read nutrition facts carefully. Labels on many processed foods, like potato chips, are deceptive and sometimes contain too much salt even though they say sodium or contain trans-fat when the package reads trans-fat free.
Ireland is consumed with national health, especially obesity. The government wants to limit the amount of Subway sandwich shops, saying their food is too high in calories. St. Patricks Day anywhere on the globe is a good time to talk to your kids about eating their green vegetables even if you do have to hide the spinach and kale in a fruit smoothie.