New Year’s Foods from Around the World

Around the world, people eat certain foods that are thought to symbolize luck in the new year. Check out the fun list of celebratory and nutritious foods below…


In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day in order to bring a long life. One catch: You can’t break the noodle before it is all in your mouth. Check out this super nutritious, gluten-free noodle recipe!
Black-Eyed Peas
A common good luck food in the southern United States, black-eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens. My mother’s side of the family hails from the south so for years, we rang in the New Year with a bowl of black-eyes peas…super good for you!


In Germany, Ireland, and parts of the United States, cabbage is associated with luck and fortune since it is green and resembles money. A little “iffy” on cabbage?  Well, not only are there a number of health-boosting reasons to consume cabbage, but there are number of ways to prepare it, as well!


Thought to resemble coins, lentils are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the New Year. Check out this wonderfully nutritious recipe the entire family will love!


Long associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates are eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the New Year. Ring in the New Year with this yummy pomegranate martini recipe


In North America, Asia, and Europe, people eat fish to celebrate the new year. In some countries, people associate fish with moving forward into the new year since fish swim forward. Other people think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools.
Happy New Year!

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