Let the Good Times Roll.
We do like to enjoy life and celebrate in this house. So many celebrations focus on food.
Through SparkPeople I have been learning that you can still party with food without adverse effects by having healthy offerings. Healthy behaviors too. (I bought my beads when I was in New Orleans. Flashing didn't seem appropriate)
Red Beans and Rice were/are typically a Monday meal down NOLA way. I prepped the Trinity, (onion, celery and bell pepper). To spice things up a bit more, some Andouille sausage joined the festivities. My sweetie's head started to perspire. With that kind of heat, I certainly don't over eat. I broke down and decided to have a treat... petit beignets. One was 97 calories. of course I had two since they were mini, then read the package. Whooo...eee! They were good, but not that good.
I did let the good times roll, but next time I'll find something more worthy of going into my mouth. For dinner next year I might try something like this Jambalaya with Red Beans & Andouille Sausage. ingoodtasteblog.net/in_g
Now that the feast is over, the famine of lent begins. The slideshow
7 Unhealthy Habits to Give Up During Lent www.sparkpeople.com/reso
provided thoughts that lent was not only about deprivation, it is also about kindness and love of self and others. Not that I am a devout Catholic but it was how I was brought up. Having fish on Fridays during Lent is still ingrained.(got upset about the special dispensation given a few years about on St. Patty's Day, but I digress.) Giving up "bad" things, like soda and sweets, is really good for us. It taught me restraint, discipline. Besides it is only 40 days.
Going back to St. Patrick's Day... I'm working on finding healthy fare.
Start off with Green eggs (eggs with spinach.)
Then colcannon puffs like these:
What is nice is that there are other festive recipes on that page.