Traditional New Years Foods

Did you know that certain foods eaten on New Year’s Day are believed to bring you good luck? Not only are these foods considered for luck but they are actually very healthy for you. Do you have a traditional meal on New Year’s Day? If not, try one of these traditional New Years foods to see if 2014 will be your lucky year.

Black-eyed peas are believed to bring prosperity. When served with greens such as kale or collards you’ll have a New Year’s lucky wish-for-cash connection in many countries.

Cabbage is another meal associated with luck and fortune since it is green like the color of money. In Germany, Ireland, and many parts of the US, cabbage is eaten in slaw, steamed or mixed with pork, potatoes and sauerkraut.

Lentils are thought to resemble coins, and in Italy and Brazil, Lentils are eaten in hopes of bringing wealth and good fortune in the new year. Lentils may be served in soups, salads, or pasta’s.

Pomegranates are eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck and have been associated with abundance and fertility. Pomegranates can be eaten alone or in dips, salads, or juices.

Long Noodles are popular in many Asian countries on New Year’s Day. The thought is it will bring you a long life. The trick… you’ve got to get the whole noodle in your mouth without breaking it.

Fish is traditional in North America, Asia, and Europe. This lucky food choice is thought to be associated with abundance since fish swim in schools or moving forward as is the direction fish swim in. Either way, you’ll be able to find delicious meals that are also healthy with many different kinds of fish.

And, for a little bit of fun New Year’s Eve, try grapes. In Spain and Portugal, 12 grapes are eaten as the clock strikes midnight! Down the whole dozen before the final chime and good luck will come to you.

For centuries, people have dined on their tradition New Year’s Day meal to bring good fortune of wealth, love, and good health.

IKO wishes everyone a very prosperous and healthy 2014! Enjoy your favorite traditional meal or try a new one.

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