Every year, March 17th rolls around and so do tons of pub crawls and drinking contests. But that's not all there is to St Patrick's Day. Since March is also National Nutrition Month, did you know that there are also plenty of family-friendly and healthy traditions that surround the holiday? Here are 10 fun ways to celebrate that don't involve the risk of alcohol poisoning.
1. Drink Green
For St Patrick's Day, it's all about the green drinks, but that doesn't have to mean beer. A perfectly balanced green smoothie goes down just as easy, without the hangover.
2. Corned Beef and Cabbage
This traditional boiled dinner is a nutritional treat with plenty of vitamins and minerals. Lay off on adding the potatoes, or only take a few, and you have a healthy and tasty holiday dinner.
3. Prep Your Camera
Lots of cities light up famous monuments in green for the holiday and now's your chance to grab a pic.
4. Try a Different Style of Irish Coffee
Instead of a shot of whiskey, add a knob of butter to your morning coffee for a drink that is almost a meal all by itself.
5. Enjoy an Irish Tea Time
Pour a cup of Lyons or Barry's tea and enjoy one of the two favorites from the Emerald Isle.
6. Fry up a Traditional Breakfast
Boxty and an egg combine two Irish staples for a sturdy breakfast to energize you for the rest of the day.
7. Practice Your Gaelic
Learn how to say some of your favorite Irish words with the proper pronunciation. This can be an adventure as phonetics are a world away from Gaelic.
8. Theme Your Costume
9. Create a St. Patrick's Day Playlist
Irish bands have been taking over the airways, so it should be no trouble to create a playlist full of some of your favorites like U2, Flogging Molly, The Script, The Cranberries, The Dubliners, Enya, etc.
10. Polish Your Irish Step Dance Routine
Great for some exercise and fun, this traditional ethnic dance style is sure to draw a crowd on St Patrick's Day.