Blog:It’s St. Paddy’s Day, begorra!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and thoughts of food turn to green… When most people think of green foods, though, they are thinking of the leafy produce variety or sometimes of science-fair type moldy food left in the refrigerator too long. While High Point supports a balanced diet full of fruits and veggies, there is one holiday where we recommend breaking the rules and injecting some green color in unconventional ways. While many foods can be dyed with a splash of food color, we also recommend adding in some shamrock-style color in other more natural ways. Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate:
Traditionally pesto is an Italian sauce that consists of garlic, basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Given the amount of basil in pesto, the color is bright green and a perfect sauce for pasta, tortellini, pizza  or a sandwich. Consider tossing pesto over your favorite tortellini for a cheesy and green dish!
Mint is another herb that High Point Events loves to incorporate in sweet and savory dishes! For St. Patrick’s Day, consider a peppermint milkshake, like the famous Shamrock Shake. Grasshopper-style desserts, like this Grasshopper Pie, also provide a punch of green and something sweet to celebrate the day!
While not a traditional Irish ingredient, this tangy citrus can be used in a number of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. After all, who could turn down some Key Lime Bars or this Lemon-Lime Punch?
Avocado is a green-skinned fleshy body that may be pear-shaped or egg-shaped. While this is a fruit, many people consider it in the vegetable family. Guacamole is a classic use for avocado, but this fruit is way more versatile than most people know. Avocado fries, and avocado cornbread are two great ways to incorporate avocado into your next green meal!
Old School Adaptations
For some people, the only way to properly honor the holiday is with lots and lots of food coloring. We like adaptations on classics, like these Green Velvet Cupcakes or these scrumptious Guinness Brownies. Many stores will also carry promotional green items for the day, such as green bagels.
No matter how you incorporate green food into your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, High Point Events echoes the sentiment of this Irish Wish For A Friend:

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