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Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day With Kids
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this week and if you have kids at home, you may not feel like there is a way to celebrate like there used to be (besides wearing a green shirt!). But if you’re working on getting your kids to eat vegetables and enjoy them, then St. Patrick’s Day is going to your new favorite holiday!
St. Patrick’s day is a perfect excuse to serve something green and sneak those veggies into your kids’ meals! Celebrate all things green this holiday and include green clothing, crafts, plates & utensils in addition to serving green foods. Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with Kids is fun! Start getting your kids excited today telling them on St. Patrick’s Day that everything you do that day is going to involve green! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Plan a nature hike if things are starting to turn green where you live. If it’s still too cold or not green enough outside, make a craft inside. I love these ideas compiled by Good Housekeeping. There are plenty of ideas for all ages from shamrock sun catchers to mobile rainbows & pots of gold. You’ll probably be able to find something with the craft supplies you already have on hand at home!
While the green clothing and activities are fun, this is really where moms are going to get excited. Use St. Patrick’s Day as a reason to serve green foods! This could include green smoothies in the morning, lettuce wraps at lunch, and stuffed green peppers for dinner! Snacks throughout the day could be green grapes, kiwi, or sugar snap peas. An easy win that I’m using this year is adding avocado to plain yogurt and sweetening it with a little honey. You’ll have a delicious topping for biscuits as is, or to make it a little more kid-friendly, add a little jam to go along with it! If you’re looking for another healthy green dessert to serve, check out my green date whip that is delicious served with fresh fruit!
Have your kids pick out the greenest outfit they can find, from shirts and pants to socks, hats, and headbands. If you have multiple kids that are old enough, make it a contest to see who can wear the most green that day. If you have time, pick up some St. Patrick’s Day stickers and/or tattoos to play with and add to your green outfits!
However you decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I hope it’s an opportunity to get your child eating veggies or at least trying something healthy! If you use one of these ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, tag me on Instagram @cookingwithmyfriends to let me know how it went!
This year, use celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with kids as an opportunity to get them eating healthy, green food! -Alane
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