6 Lucky (and Healthy) Foods For the New Year

6 Lucky (and Healthy) Foods For the New Year

Food has always played a pivotal role in shaping culture| and many great traditions are based around its symbolism. New Year’s Eve is no exception; throughout the world| specific foods are eaten because they are believed to bring good luck and fortune to the eater. Given that a lot of these lucky foods are good for you| it already seems like a winning situation. Here are a few ideas of what you should be chowing down on come NYE.

| Cod and Herring

Cod and herring are commonly eaten at the stroke of midnight in Scandinavia| Poland| and Italy for good luck and to ensure a bountiful catch for fishermen in the upcoming year.

Fish is always a great choice for a meal| and cod and herring are great sources of protein| omega-3s| and vitamin B6.

| Noodles

In many Asian cultures| noodles are eaten as a symbol of long life. The only catch is that you have to eat the noodles without breaking any of them.

Soba noodles are especially popular in Japan leading up to the New Year. Trainer Harley Pasternak is a fan of the buckwheat treat because it’s “”high in protein| selenium| and zinc and [because it’s] gluten free.””

| Legumes

recipe for barbecued black-eyed peas.

| Cooked Greens

Greens like collards| kale| chard| and broccoli rabe are another New’s Year staple in the South. Since the deep green leaves look like crumpled money when cooked| people believe that eating the dish will bring them financial luck.

Dark leafy greens are a great source of nutrition: they’re low in calories| packed with vitamin A| and are also a good source of fiber.

| Grapes

Instead of drinking Champagne at midnight| eat grapes u2014 it’s what they do in Spain| at least. The tradition has its roots in the early 20th century as a way for grape producers to get rid of surplus crops. Upon the midnight hour| you eat a grape for every chime the clock makes.

Grapes are a great source of polyphenol antioxidants and vitamin C. We especially love grapes because they are like nature’s own candy.