How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you dress in green and run the annual 5k? Enjoy watching the parade with family and friends? Make a special craft with your children? One thing is for sure, there will be no shortage of green-dyed food and spirits! Before heading out the door for your St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, create your own luck by whipping up a Green Machine Smoothie.
This smoothie comes by its green color naturally, thanks to spinach and parsley, which blend perfectly with dairy and other ingredients to create a delicious, naturally sweetened drink. Greek yogurt provides twice as much protein as regular yogurt, which will help repair muscles after a workout and keep you full until lunchtime. Packed with calcium, antioxidants and fiber, this tasty drink provides key nutrients for your family to energize their morning.
Dairy foods are an important source of essential nutrients that provide health benefits throughout all stages of life. Years of research show dairy food consumption is associated with lower risk for Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and improved bone health.
You don’t need the “Luck of the Irish” to power up for a fun St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Drink your way to “good health, good luck, and happiness today and every day” with a festive and nutritious Green Machine Smoothie. For more recipe ideas, visit The Dairy Alliance!
Catherine Arnold MS, RDN, LD, The Mindful Dietitian LLC, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based out of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in weight management, pediatric nutrition, and comprehensive nutrition and wellness education. Her goal is to empower individuals to reach and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. You can find her at catherinearnoldrd.com.