Put Down That Four-Leaf Clover and Pick Up One of These Lucky Foods

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Put Down That Four-Leaf Clover and Pick Up One of These Lucky Foods
 

As luck would have it, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Fortunately, you don’t need the luck of the Irish to live a long, healthy life. Let a pot of oatmeal with golden raisins be your pot of gold. The right food choices can clear out your arteries, boost your brainpower, and keep you in clover for years to come. Here’s a healthful menu that’s chock full of lucky foods.

Beans and Greens: Beans and greens are considered bringers of good fortune because they resemble coins and money. This recipe also includes brain-boosting sweet potatoes. Now, you’ll remember that your keys are in the door instead of assuming they’ve been swiped by leprechauns.

Garlic: Carrying garlic in your pocket is supposed to protect you from the evil. While that may or may not be true, the antioxidants in garlic do help protect your body from free radicals.

Rice: Throwing rice at weddings is rumored to bring prosperity, wealth, and happiness.

Grapes: Some cultures eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve, with each grape representing an upcoming month. Sour grape? Bad month! Since grapes can also represent abundance, the obvious solution to a bad month is to eat more grapes. The phytochemicals in blue and purple fruits have antioxidant, anti-aging, and cancer-reducing benefits—and that’s no blarney!

Black-Eyed Peas with Sweet Potato and Greens


A wonderful combination of flavors! Serve with brown rice or fat-free cornbread, with hot sauce on the side.

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Garlicky Green Beans


These green beans have a delicious Asian-inspired flavor and can be prepared simply and easily.

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Quick Rice Pudding


This is a warm and satisfying dessert that's full of fiber. Brown rice is an excellent source of protective soluble fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

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Fruit Kabobs with Peach Cream Dip


You will love these tasty kabobs. The peach cream flavor is our favorite, but lemon is great, too. For your kabobs, any fruit will do.

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