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Fun, Healthy, Green Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

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Fun Healthy Green Foods

Green. Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a kid growing up in Boston, if you weren’t wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, you’d get punched in the arm. Then, in college (and beyond) it was all about the green beer. Neither of these celebrations were ever particularly appealing to me, despite my Irish lineage.

So instead of punches and terrible hangovers, I thought it would be fun to pull together some fun, healthy, green foods for St. Patrick’s Day. These simple recipes are delicious crowd-pleasers for your family and friends, or can help you to get some nourishing food in your system before the celebrations begin.

Watch Jessica make the Spinach Muffins and Green Machine Quesadillas on Facebook Live!

Fun, Healthy, and Green Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

Incredible Hulk Power Smoothies

Incredible Hulk Power Smoothie: Be a lean, green fighting machine with this fun and delicious smoothie, packed with nutrients and lots of flavor. It is as good as gold at the end of the rainbow!

Egg-in-a-Nesto Pesto PizzasEgg-in-a-Nesto Pesto Pizza: This would make a great St. Patrick’s Day brunch, lunch, or dinner to fill your belly before the green beer starts flowing…

Avocado Garlic ToastsAvocado Garlic Toasts: A great finger food for parties or an afternoon snack! This hearty dish will tide you over until the corned beef and cabbage is ready.

Green Machine QuesadillasGreen Machine Quesadillas: Packed with so many amazing green foods that you will be able to dance an Irish jig and maybe even outsmart a leprechaun! Plus your kids will love them.

Spinach Muffins

Spinach Muffins

Jessica Braider
When I first started making these a couple of years ago, my then-5-year-old asked if he could have them as his birthday cake because he loved them so much! I have used this recipe in kids cooking classes with many a spinach-hater and have yet to find one who didn’t love these.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 12 muffins


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (use wheat/gluten-free all-purpose flour, if needed) or use spelt flour, I like the white whole wheat from King Arthur Flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 3/4 cup milk use any kind you have
  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease or a muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter.
  • In a food processor or blender, mix the milk, spinach, and butter until it is completely pureed. Add the banana and vanilla and blend until just mixed.
  • Pour pureed mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until completely combined. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full and baking 18-20 minutes.


Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 115, Total Fat: 4g, 5.7%; Saturated Fat: 3g, 14%; Cholesterol: 1mg, 0.3%; Sodium: 180mg, 7.7%; Total Carbohydrate: 19g, 6.3%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 10.8%; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 2g
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Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, Baked Goods, Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Fall, Freezer-Friendly, Holidays/Special Events, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Lunch, Make-Ahead, Nut-Free, Snack/Appetizer, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
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May these fun, delicious foods bring you great luck (and full stomachs). Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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