Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these healthy, festive dishes and learn how to be lucky like a leprechaun! Read on for Professor Richard Wiseman’s tips on luck and some St. Patrick Day trivia.
Shamrock Fried Egg
1 green bell pepper
Optional: 1 tablespoon butter (or preferred non-stick cooking spray)
Optional: Mrs. Dash seasoning or salt
Pick out a green pepper with four humps to resemble a lucky four leaf clover when you cut it. Slice green pepper into rings. Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Place the pepper rings in the pan and flip once. Crack an egg inside each pepper ring. (Optional: season to taste with Mrs. Dash or salt.) Cover with lid and cook until the yolk reaches your desired doneness. Remove from pan, clean edges (some egg may spill over or under the edges while frying) and serve. (Photo and recipe: Christine/zestuous.com)
Create a Veggie Irish Flag tray
The Irish Flag is simply three vertical columns: green, white and orange. On a rectangular platter, recreate the Irish flag by serving color-coordinating veggies. Green options: snap peas, broccoli, celery, green peppers. White: cauliflower. Orange: Orange peppers, carrots.
Green Goddess Dip
Here’s the perfect (green) option for a guilt-free dip to serve with your healthy and festive Veggie Irish Flag tray. Try smashing up an avocado and mixing it with protein packed Greek yogurt to achieve a nutrient-dense and delicious dip. You’ll still get that creamy texture without all the unhealthy fat that usual dips have.
Be a “Lucky” Leprechaun
Professor Richard Wiseman, author of “The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind,” decided to search for the elusive luck factor by investigating the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people.
With a decade of research, Wiseman found that “lucky” people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles: “Lucky people are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good,” explains Wiseman.
Lucky people expect to be lucky. Wiseman found lucky people are optimistic and have higher expectations from life. “Lucky” people are confident about their future; when lucky people experience misfortune, their coping mechanisms are very different from “unlucky” people. Instead of dwelling on a bad experience, they try to find something positive on which to focus.
As part of an experiment, Wiseman created a “luck school”- where a group of lucky and unlucky volunteers (volunteers who identified as being consistently lucky or unlucky) spent a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person. Wiseman said the results were dramatic- eighty percent of the participants claimed to be happier, more satisfied with their lives, and of course, luckier.
So how can you be luckier? Wiseman notes that there are three techniques that can help maximize good fortune. To summarize: learn to trust your intuition, try something new, and look on the bright side.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca, Roman philosopher
St. Patrick Day Trivia
“The symbolism of the four-leaf clover may be everywhere, but a real one is actually a rarity,” says Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D. So what are your chances of finding a four-leaf clover? About 1 in 10,000 clovers have four leaves instead of the usual three. “Saint Patrick was said to use the shamrock, the three-leaf clover, to teach about the Holy Trinity,” Prescott says, “Whereas the four-leaf version is supposed to stand for faith, hope, love and luck.”
Wishing you faith, hope, love and luck this St. Patrick’s Day!