03/13/2014 05:42 pm ET Updated May 13, 2014

7 (Pretty) Healthy St. Patrick's Day Foods for Kids

It may not be a major holiday, but who can resist one that's full of rainbows, pots of gold and even little leprechauns? From preschool parties to simple snack time at home, these are our favorite ways to ring in St. Patrick's Day, from our kitchen to yours. And best of all, there's nary a drop of green food coloring in sight.

  • 1 Very Small Shepherd's Pies
    The best thing about these tiny little pies is the number of simple steps that even kids can help with. From flattening dough to sprinkling peas, it's a low-stakes way to make cooking fun for even the smallest chefs.
  • 2 Tropical Green Smoothies
    Made with fresh pineapple, plain yogurt, bananas and yes, spinach, these smoothies are a great way to start the day on March 17.
  • 3 Super Spinach Cupcakes
    That's right, I put spinach in the cupcakes but these little green cakes are the perfect way to round out any lunch, breakfast or snack, any day.
  • 4 Simple White Bean and Avocado Hummus
    One creamy avocado turns this super simple bean dip the lightest shade of green, and packs a nutritional punch too.
  • 5 Very Green Broccoli Mac & Cheese
    Adding broccoli to the cooking water with your pasta not only boosts the good-for-you ratio but it also makes this traditional kids' favorite good and green.
  • 6 Mini Reuben Sandwiches
    Just a kid-friendly nod to traditional Irish fare, these open-faced sandwiches make a great lunch or dinner.
  • 7 Shortbread Shamrock Cookies
    Just a sprinkle of spinach plus a dusting of cane sugar on top make these little roll-out cookies special.