Long Noodles: Symbolic of longevity in Asian countries, the noodle is best in a stir fry or eaten as a salad. Just be careful not to break them – before or after cooking. Enjoy slurping them whole! Try Asian Noodles & Shrimp with calorie-free Miracle Noodle.
Pork: In countries like Spain, Cuba and Portugal, pigs symbolize progress. Served with its fat, ham is also known to bring a year rich with joy. Try Apricot Glazed Pork Kabobs.
Whole Fish: If you’re looking for luck in 2014 from start to finish, serve your fish from head to tail. Fish also only swim forward, symbolizing progress. Try Basil Baked Cod Fillets.
Pomegranate: In Turkey the color red represents luck. But the pomegranate offers more than just that – it has medicinal properties, contains an abundance of round seeds for prosperity, and looks much like the life-giving human heart. For an on-the-go snack, try Kind Bar’s Pomegranate Blueberry Antioxidant bar.
Greens: Enjoy in abundance! Not only are they healthy for you, tradition suggests their green golor represents paper cash. The more you eat, the more prosperous you may be! Try Braised Greens with Garlic and add pine nuts for added protein and magnesium.
Lentils: In Italy this legume’s green color and coin-like appearance associate it with growing wealth. For a healthy snack, try The Perfect Snaque’s sprouted lentils with honey mustard.
Pickled herring: Yum? Herring is found in abundance in Western Europe, which is why Germans, Scandinavians and Polacks believe eating herring at midnight ensures a year of bounty. Their silver color also symbolizes coins for future fortune. You’re on your own for a recipe here.
Black-eyed peas: A traditional dish in the southern United states is known as Hoppin’ John features the humble black-eyed pea, penny-like in appearance. Eaten as leftovers on New Year’s Day, the Hoppin’ John becomes a Skippin’ Jenny which promotes frugality and prosperity. For something different, try Easy Lamb Creole Gumbo.
Cornbread: Served as a New Year’s treat, cornbread’s color resembles gold. Add extra corn kernels as gold nuggets for fun. Try Pamela’s Products gluten-free cornbread & muffin mix.
If you can’t find something you like to eat here, you could choose to avoid some foods, like lobster or chicken. Why? Lobster moves backwards. Avoid lobster to avoid setbacks. The chicken scratches backwards, so refrain to avoid regret or dwelling on the past. Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year from all of us at LuckyVitamin.com!