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Guilt Free Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day brings great celebrations: parades, parties, and festive gatherings. Tasty drinks and delicious food are essential components to any St. Patrick’s Day. However, as summer is swiftly approaching, you may not want to blow all your hard work in the gym on one day’s merriment. Not to worry! Here are a few tasty guilt-free treats to try this holiday:
 

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
: This recipe is an oldie, but goodie. The only way it can get better is by making it (almost) guilt-free.
 
Ingredients:

  • Plain pretzels
  • Green and white sprinkles (optional)
  • Dark chocolate chips (or any kind of chocolate, just don't eat too many!)
  1. Place all 3 ingredients in separate bowls.
  2. Take the bowl of dark chocolate chips and microwave for no more than 30 seconds. Stir chocolate well after removing the bowl from the microwave.
  3. Take the pretzels and roll them in the melted chocolate. Then roll the pretzels in the green and white sprinkles.

 

Sour Patch Grapes:
Sweetness of grapes mixed with the sour makes for a tasty snack with only a few ingredients needed:

Ingredients:

  • Green grapes
  • Green gelatin powder
  1. Sprinkle the gelatin powder into a plastic bag to use for later. 
  2. Wash your grapes thoroughly.
  3. Place the wet grapes into the bag and shake around until they are completely covered.
  4. The water will catch the green coloring and the gelatin powder causing it to stick.

 

Green Rice Crispy Treats
: Rice crispy treats are a childhood classic. They’re a versatile dessert that can be changed depending on the holiday. Baking these brings back the fun of being a kid. You will need:

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 stick of butter (or butter substitute)
  • 10-11 oz mini marshmallows (naturally fat free!)
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • 6 cups of rice crispy cereal
  1. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. On the side, melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pan over low heat, and stir frequently.
  3. Remove it from the heat and add the vanilla and food coloring.
  4. Add the rice cereal last and mix well. Then, evenly spread it throughout the pan and let it cool. You can cut them into squares or even a shamrock shape using a cookie cutter (or very steady hands) and serve. Enjoy!

 
There's no harm in a little experimentation and food coloring, it's all part of having fun with the holiday. So go ahead, dye your food green and let the celebrations begin.
 
Sources:

Google images
www.pintertest.com
http://www.sweettreatsmore.com/
http://simplydesigning.blogspot.com/
 
 

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