Each New Year provides us with a fresh start full of renewed energy, hope, and optimism. In many cultures around the world, people give that fresh start an extra boost by eating foods that are believed to help bring health, wealth, and happiness in the coming year. And besides, a little superstition can't hurt.
Grapes for good luck!
With the tradition stemming from grapevine growers in the early 1900's, eating twelve grapes - each representing a month for the coming year - will ensure a year full of prosper and success. Superstition aside, eating grapes gives you some powerful antioxidants, so this sounds like a win-win myth in our book.
Beans can bring good luck!
Beans, along with other legumes such as lentils and black-eyed peas, are thought to represent money and financial success in the New Year if eaten. From Germany, to Brazil and the southern United States, this tradition is found across the globe.
Pork for the New Year
From its richness in flavor, pork is consumed in the New Year to bring wealth and prosperity. From Cuba, Spain, Germany, Hungary and all across the globe, the tradition of eating pork on the New Year is very common and very delicious.
Do these time-honored culinary traditions actually work? Well, you'll have to try them to find out. If nothing else, you'll begin the New Year with a little bit of fun and a lot of delicious food. To get you started in the right direction this year, here are a couple of healthy recipes that will start the New Year off right – superstition or not. Enjoy, and good luck in 2018!