St. Patricks’ Day is known for green beer, leprechauns and pots of gold but why not take an even more green approach to celebrating. There are many options that don’t involve processed foods and alcoholic beverages that my raise your blood pressure. Try one of these healthier substitutes for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Green Beer: Swap out that beer for a green smoothie or green juice! Green juices typically include vitamins and antioxidants that can improve the health of your skin. The nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables will also give you more energy so you can enjoy the day to its fullest.

Green Food: Many families enjoy corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. While there is nothing wrong with this meal, maybe cut back on the portion of Corned beef as it is usually very salty and doesn’t help if you have high blood pressure. Try adding more greens to your plate like green beans, brussels sprouts or broccoli.

St. Patrick’s Day parade or Bar event: Why not go for a walk outside – where the grass is always greener than in a bar. The fresh air and cardio activity will help to reduce stress, regulating blood pressure and can aid in weight loss and maintain a healthy weight – we bet sitting on a bar stool won’t have as many benefits.

These changes, while small, can take you one small step closer to a healthier lifestyle. Irish or not, we hope you enjoy the day – and don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink more water.