Feel like you might need a little extra luck in 2014? For centuries, people all around the world have trusted their luck for the new year to the foods they eat on New Year’s Eve and Day. From fish to pork and even grapes, we’ve got 7 foods for you to chow down on while switching your calendar from 2013 to 2014. Beware though, there are a few foods that people say will bring you bad luck! Read on to get the skinny on all the good – and bad – luck foods!
Fish: The Chinese word for fish, “Yu”, sounds like the words for both “wish” and “abundance”. Because of this, it is customary to serve a fish on New Year’s Eve, symbolizing a wish for abundance in the new year. Many times, you will even see the fish served whole, with the head and tail still attached, which symbolizes both a good beginning and end to the upcoming year.
*Serve Skinny Lemon Tilapia on New Year’s Eve. It’s a simple recipe with only 132 calories and 3 WWP+ per serving.
Greens: Leafy greens such as Kale, Collards and Cabbage, are supposed to bring luck due to the fact that they resemble money. It has been said that the more you eat, the more you will prosper (and probably the healthier you will be too)!
Lentils: In Hungary, lentils are considered good luck and are most usually served in a soup. Many say that when lentils are cooked, they plump up with water which symbolizes growing wealth. We could all use that, couldn’t we?
*Start this Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Stew early in the day on New Year’s Eve and by the time your guest’s arrive you’ll be smelling luck throughout the house!
Fruit, specifically Grapes: We love grapes, so eating only 12 of them on New Year’s Eve might be a bit difficult. People around the world, particularly in Spain and Portugal, eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each of the upcoming months in the new year. It is believed that the grapes predict the trends based on their taste. A sour grape means you can expect a “sour” month and a sweet grape means a “sweet” month ahead.
Black Eyed Peas: For over 1500 years, black eyed peas have been considered good luck when eaten on New Years. It is said that these simple beans demonstrates humility and a lack of vanity. As the saying goes, “Eat poor on New Year’s and eat fat the rest of the year.” Sounds good to us!!
Corn Bread: With it’s color reminding most of gold, Corn Bread has become a food that is supposed to bring lots of luck in the new year. Most traditionally, you will see this being served in the South.
Pork: It’s a German tradition to eat pork on New Year’s Eve. Pork signifies abundance and plenty of food. Pigs are also known to root forward in to the ground, which is believed to symbolize progress.
*These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are a unique way to serve pork, and could be the way you end up serving pork from now on!
The two foods that we’ve been told to stay away from are unfortunately two of our favorites – Lobster and Chicken. However, if staying away from them for one day can mean that we are steering clear of bad luck in the new year, then we will abstain. It has been said that these two creatures often move backwards which can mean bad luck. Other people have even said that you should stay away from all birds, so that your luck won’t fly away!
Lastly, make sure that when you have finished eating that you leave at least a little on your plate. Lots of people believe that when you clear your plate on New Year’s Eve, it symbolizes greed and will result in bad luck. So leave a little food and ensure you will have plenty of luck in the upcoming months.