In the spirit of the Irish, it’s important to not only recognize St. Patrick’s Day, but also celebrate with food, friends and fun. One of the easiest ways is with the color green—green clothes, decorations and, of course, food. Here are some good-for-you green superfoods to add to your Patty’s Day grocery shopping list.

1. Matcha

Often found in powder form, matcha is a powder made from green tea. The flavor is similar to that of a typical green tea, however it’s often a lot stronger due to the concentration of the finely ground powder. Matcha is rich in antioxidants and has been shown to boost metabolism. Matcha can be used in traditional tea drinks, or it can be baked into some delicious recipes. Try making these Matcha Mochi Cupcakes for your guests. Just remember, Matcha has about three times as much caffeine as regular tea.

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Photo Credit: Tiny Urban Kitchen

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is a common side items to many Irish dishes—corned beef and cabbage anyone? It’s also a very healthy vegetable. Studies show that the antioxidants and phytonutrients found in cabbage can help fight cancer. One analysis even found that eating four or more servings a week of raw or lightly cooked cabbage significantly reduced the risk of breast cancer in women. Try this simple recipe for a main dish on St. Patrick’s Day: Roasted Cabbage with Bacon. You don’t even have to shred the cabbage, making your work in the kitchen easy.

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Photo Credit: Faith Durand

3. Kale

It’s no surprised to anyone who has paid attention to the health industry in recent years that kale is one of the top superfoods. Loaded with calcium and vitamins A, C and K, the hearty leaf has been shown to fight cancer and detox the body. Make kale the perfect party snack by turning the cruciferous vegetable into a chip. Dr. Drew Ramsey, lover of all things kale, shares how to make the perfect kale chip below.

4. Avocado

If you’re looking to add a decent dose of healthy and filling fat to your menu, give an avocado recipe a try. In addition to good monounsaturated fatty acids, the fruit (yes it’s a fruit!) also contains high amounts of potassium and fiber. For any event, it makes sense to stick to the tried and true crowd-pleaser: guacamole. Add a little kick to it with Alton Brown’s recipe for jalapeno guac.

Photo Credit: Alton Brown
Photo Credit: Alton Brown

5. Kiwi

Kiwi is not only pretty to look at, it also packs a powerful health punch. The fruit is high in vitamin E, which can help lower cholesterol and boost your immunity. The magnesium in kiwi can also help increase your energy levels. Give your guests something vibrantly green and refreshingly tasty with this Kiwi Fruit Tart.

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Photo Credit: Sis Boom Blog