Whether you’re Irish or not, you’ll love these St. Patrick’s Day recipes. And what could be more fitting than dishes that contain traditional herbs and spices known for their gut-health benefits? These three recipes are sure to please your taste buds while also helping to improve your gut health. So make yourself a green beer and get cooking!
If you don’t know, St. Patty’s Day is a day to celebrate the luck of the Irish! This holiday, accompanied by its green hue in all manner of decorations, marks the feast day of St. Patrick, known for introducing Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century. Naturally, many traditional dishes associated with St. Patrick’s Day involve celebratory herbs and spices such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish soda bread but we’re taking a slightly healthier approach. Herbs and spices not only bring flavor but also undertake an important role in gut health. Make your St. Patty’s Day celebrations satisfying and save your stomach space for some delicious recipes; all with a few scoops of good fortune sprinkled on top!
St. Patrick’s Day Recipe #1: Avocado Mint Smoothie Bowl
First off is our Avocado Mint Smoothie Bowl – full of top-notch nutrition from the avocado and mint, it is a great balance of deliciousness and gut benefits. It’s a delicious and healthy treat that’s perfect for breakfast or a snack. The combination of flavors will leave you wanting more! Plus, it’s a great way to get your daily dose of avocado and other nutritious ingredients.
Note: You can also customize this smoothie bowl with other fruits, nuts, or sweeteners. Have fun experimenting and creating your own unique combinations! To make this delicious Avocado Mint Smoothie Bowl, all you need are the following ingredients:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 handful of fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- Pinch of sea salt
- Optional toppings: Granola, nuts, berries
- Start by preparing the avocado by cutting it into cubes and placing them in a blender.
- Add the frozen pineapple chunks and fresh mint leaves to the blender as well.
- Pour in the coconut milk, honey, and salt. Blend until everything is well combined.
- Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with your desired toppings. Enjoy!
St. Patrick’s Day Recipe #2: Peanut Butter Cookie Shots
For something a little more indulgent, try these Peanut Butter Cookie Shots! As long as you opt for a peanut butter made from natural ingredients or make your own without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners, this yummy treat can help support gastrointestinal function as well. To make this delicious and unique Peanut Butter Cookie Shot glass, you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 10 ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt flakes
- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar (sub Agave nectar, honey, and maple syrup as needed)
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- To start, preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, melted chocolate chips, sea salt flakes and sugar until fully combined. Add the all-purpose flour and stir with a spatula until it’s just combined.
- Using a teaspoon, drop small mounds of cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart from each other. Using your fingertips, lightly press the cookies down to flatten them slightly.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
- To assemble the shots, take a shot glass and dip it into melted chocolate. Turn it upside down over the parchment-lined baking sheet to let the excess drip off. Place in the fridge until hardened.
- Repeat this process with each shot glass using remaining chocolate. Once all glasses have been dipped, add a teaspoon of peanut butter to the bottom of each.
- Carefully place a cooled cookie on top of the peanut butter and press down lightly to secure it in place. Top with more melted chocolate and chill for another 10 minutes or until hardened.
St. Patrick’s Day Recipe #3: Root Vegetable Fries with Fennel Seasoning
Last but not least – Root Vegetable Fries with Fennel Seasoning! This tasty snack combines antibacterial properties in the fresh fennel with extra crunchy texture from potatoes and carrots – both known to benefit stomach health. So enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day while caring for your proverbial pot of gold – that is, your gut health!
- 3 large potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet, peeled and cut into wedges)
- 2 carrots (peeled and cut into thin strips)
- 1 turnip (peeled and cut into thin strips)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place potatoes, carrots, and turnip in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add garlic powder, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper. Toss until all vegetables are evenly coated.
- Spread vegetable mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Serve warm with your favorite dip or sauce! Enjoy!
How herbs and spices benefit gut health
Herbs and spices can be a great addition to any diet, especially when it comes to gut health. Not only do they add pleasing aromas and flavors to cooking, but they are packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals that help improve digestion. Herbal supplements, such as peppermint, oregano and dandelion root, which are found in many of the classic St. Patrick’s Day recipes, can support the body in absorbing key nutrients while also helping to reduce stomach acidity levels. These natural remedies might just be the key to better digestive health!
St. Patty’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate with delicious, healthy recipes loaded with herbs and spices that can support a healthy gut. Still, it’s important to enjoy these kinds of recipes in moderation, particularly if you have a history of digestive health issues. Try eating smaller portions and remember to listen to what your body is telling you when it comes to food – certain dishes may trigger reactions that are best avoided altogether!
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