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Green Healthy Treats for St. Patrick's Day

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

With clocks set an hour ahead and the first day of spring this Sunday, it seems like we can finally start enjoying warmer and longer days ahead. Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday, and you may find yourself creating holiday treats to share with your department, family or a holiday party. This blog discusses some fun, healthy and green alternatives to help get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

I’ll provide the link for each healthy treat discussed so you can get the complete recipe! Pinterest also has a never-ending selection of healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes that you can refer to as well!  First up is the healthy avocado deviled eggs, this gluten free treat requires hard cooked eggs, avocado, jalapeno, onion, chives, white vinegar, Dijon mustard and low no-fat plain yogurt and you got yourself a tasty green treat to share! Next, create your own edible rainbow by distributing strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, blue berries, grapes and banana in the shape of a rainbow with marshmallows at each end! This is a fun, decorative, and healthy fruit plate to share with your department or family! Next, create your own spinach artichoke hummus dip to share with your department for an afternoon green snack. This easy and quick recipe requires chickpeas, spinach, artichoke hearts, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients, blend together and your dip is ready to eat! Want something a bit sweeter? Create your own pot of gold with lemon Jell-O inside a cut-out lime or green bowl, with whipped cream on top! The ideas are endless, so be sure to have fun this St. Patrick’s Day and create your own tasty, healthy, green treat.  

Remember the Recre8 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina including: Statesville, Fletcher, Boone, High Point, Charlotte, Wake Forest, Graham, Concord, Vale, New Bern, Jacksonville, Roxboro. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if you department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you:

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions involving St. Patrick’s Day or the NC Recre8 5k please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


Tags:  Healthy Foods  Live Healthy  NCRPA Wellness  St. Patrick's Day Food 

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