St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration where it’s very easy to get carried away with unhealthy food and drink choices. Artificial food coloring is commonplace — think green beer and green pastries — and the food options aren’t always great for the waistline, either.

This year, you can choose a healthier food and beverage menu for your St. Paddy’s Day festivities. It’s easier than you might think! There are so many great ideas out there to help you make choices that will be better for your body, and they won’t disappoint your taste buds, either.

Check out these 15 healthy recipes that will naturally green your St. Patrick’s Day party. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, with choices for every meal of the day.

We encourage you to buy milk, dairy, and other ingredients from local, sustainable farms, which are far better for the environment than industrial farm operations.

Green smoothie
Turn parsley, salad, spinach, and turnip leaves into a green smoothie. Image courtesy of Ina Todoran.

Veggies Galore

Fantastic Fruits

Beautiful Breakfasts

Lunchtime Treats

  • Vegan Tempeh Rueben (a meat-free alternative to the standard Rueben) from The Stingy Vegan
  • Pesto Pockets (a great alternative to your standard lunch) from Super Healthy Kids

Supper Celebrations

Indulgent Treats

Editor’s note: Originally published on March 17, 2015, this article was updated in March 2021.

By Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.