Eating for Good Luck and Good Health in the New Year
Are you looking to take better care of yourself and get healthier in 2014? Below are a few healthy and also lucky foods, which different cultures around the world incorporate into their New Year’s celebrations. Add these nutritious staples to your diet in 2014 for good luck and healthy eating!
People around the world celebrate the New Year by feasting on leafy greens like spinach, kale, collards, and mustard greens. The greens are considered lucky because they look very much like money. According to tradition, the more greens you eat, the more prosperous you will be in the coming year. These greens are all packed with plenty of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. Eat up!
In Japan, New Year’s revelers slurp on soba or buckwheat noodles. The long noodles represent longevity and the tradition is to slurp the noodles so as not to break them. Buckwheat noodles are packed with protein and manganese. You can eat them cold with peanut sauce and steamed broccoli, or incorporate them into hot soups.
These small round legumes represent good luck in Brazilian and Italian cultures because they look like little coins. Lentils are easy to prepare as side dishes, in soups and salads, or pureed into dips and spreads. They are also a lean source of protein and pack serious quantities of potassium, calcium, zinc, folate, and iron. If you do not eat them regularly, then incorporate lentils into your diet slowly so as not to overwhelm your digestive system.
Do you have any lucky foods that you share with your loved ones during your New Year’s celebrations? Then tell us about your recipes in the comments below!