Top of the morning to ya! Happy St. Patrick's Day! In case you aren't wearing green today and need to stave off the potential pinchers, take heart in the fact that eating something deliciously green still counts in my book. Even better if you take a photo and post it on Instagram for the proof. There are tons of awesome green options to eat today that A.) aren't salad, and B.) aren't a Green Tea Latte from Starbucks. What's left, you ask? Well, on the menu today is a boozy mint-green shake that puts the McDonald's Shamrock Shake to shame and a traditional (and also boozy) cup of coffee that will really have you feeling the luck of the Irish today. Okay, so the coffee itself isn't green, but it's got Jameson Irish whiskey in it, so that counts, right? Did you also know you could make green donuts and muffins without using food coloring? Yeah, we tried those too, and they're amazing.
Today, millions of people all over the world will celebrate by wearing green, the color of St. Patrick's Day. This day gets this special color because it's not only the color of the shamrock, but because it's pretty much the representative hue of the spring season and also Ireland itself. St. Patrick the person led a life that to most today is known only as a mystery. Although, for thousands of years, Irish Catholics have traditionally celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, the supposed date of his death, by attending church and celebrating afterward with a huge feast. Although this holiday falls in the middle of Lent, exceptions were made on this day to honor the Irish Saint.
Want to attend a St. Patrick's day parade? Well, the first parade was actually held in Boston back in 1737. Today, New York City boasts an annual parade that draws big crowds, but Chicago takes home the celebratory trophy when every year the Chicago River is dyed green to honor the Irish holiday. The vivid green hue lasts about five hours before the waterways return to their normal color again.
While there are so many ways to enjoy green food today, such as in matcha green tea treats and green smoothies, it's easy to eat your greens when they look like donuts and muffins! In fact, they are donuts and muffins. Matcha Baked Donuts are an awesome alternative to typical fried fare and Green Smoothie Muffins are a great way to get your daily dose of spinach. The batch requires a whole pound! Popeye would be jealous...
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How will you celebrate today? Would you ever try a green muffin? Leave us a comment below and let us know, we love to hear what you guys think. Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!