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Dole Food Co. Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With Menu Alternatives


Charlotte, North Carolina-based Dole Food Company Inc. will continue its “Healthier by Dole” alternative recipe series during March in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and National Nutrition Month.

“Healthier by Dole” is a series of nutritious plant-forward recipe and menu substitutes. Led by Melanie Marcus, Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, the reoccurring program offers easy recipes high in fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and crowd-pleasing for holidays.

Dole kicked off the initiative last month with a Big Game-worthy vegan tailgate featuring healthier versions of game-time comfort food favorites like fries, wings, tater tots and mac n’ cheese.

While cities across the U.S. will be celebrating everything green for St. Patrick’s Day, Dole is encouraging Americans to adopt a greener menu, both literally and from a nutritional perspective. The latest “Healthier by Dole” menu includes 10 entrée, side dish, dessert and smoothie recipes that offer healthier versions of Irish favorites as well as tasty ways to go gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.

“Our ‘Healthier by Dole’ recipe series is about helping Americans make better meal and snacking choices on those eating occasions when nutrition can be the most challenging. At Dole, we’re out to prove that any holiday celebration can be fun, delicious and healthy at the same time,” Marcus said. “From gluten-free and vegetarian versions of the classic Shepherd’s Pie to an Avocado ‘Shamrock’ Smoothie, we’re inviting families to make this year’s St. Patrick’s Day their healthiest, tastiest and greenest ever.”

Marcus offers tips for practicing living green in her dedicated blog post on its website, which includes a study that mentions how access to green environments can help decrease unhealthy cravings.

Dole’s St. Patrick’s Day and Go-Green Recipes for March:

  • Individual Turkey Sweet-Potato Shepherd’s Pie: Dole’s take on this Irish staple entrée features sweet potatoes and is gluten-free.
  • Avocado “Shamrock” Smoothie: This green smoothie made with spring mix, tropical gold pineapple and avocados is vegetarian and gluten-free.
  • Leprechaun Smoothie Bowl: This Leprechaun-inspired bowl is vegetarian and gluten-free.
  • Mushroom Lovers Shepherd’s Pie: A gluten-free and vegan version of the classic Shepherd’s Pie loaded with mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, celery and cauliflower.
  • Rainbow Smoothie: This smoothie is filled with fruits and vegetables and is vegetarian and gluten-free.
  • Citrus Green Salad: The salad contains sweetness from the citrus and a slight crunch from the onion and nuts while being a vegetarian option.
  • Fig & Greens Tart: This tart combines flavors that ignite in this vegetarian dish.
  • Multi-Cooker Asparagus Risotto with Spinach-Broccoli Pesto: Dole’s pesto meal is both delicious and vegetarian.
  • Spring Green Shoots: This vegan and gluten-free salad is packed with green ingredients and made with Dole Baby Spinach, arugula, asparagus, avocado, raspberries, edamame and topped off with a sherry-lemon vinaigrette.
  • Green Slimesicles: The vegetarian dessert can help celebrate and honor all things green for the Irish, green-themed holiday.

For more healthy-living articles from Dole’s blog, visit dole.com.

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