The origin of halloween dates back to the festival of Samhain in Ireland’s Celtic past. It carried the notion of throwing out the old and bringing in the new, a little like how we now view New Years celebrations. It is a time that brings us back to many of our traditions, and as with all traditions, food is front and centre. When thinking of a traditional Halloween dish, nothing epitomises a traditional Irish meal as much as Colcannon.
Colcannon, the combination of potatoes and kale, while a traditional dish, is potentially one of those meals that our ancestors had 100% right. The combination of potatoes (a carbohydrate with a good fibre source) and kale (a leafy green vegetable) ticks all the boxes when it comes to basic recommendations for healthy eating. In fact in recent times kale has made a major come back as a super trendy food and for good reason.
Kale has been given the title of a superfood, and it definitely lives up to its name. Just 4 heaped tablespoons = one of your 5 - a - day and this portion is jam packed with goodness. See below for what goodness you get from the kale in just one serving of the colcannon recipe on potato.ie
• Almost 3g protein
• 3g of fibre (to help you feel fuller for longer)
• Almost 50% of your recommended daily intake for folic acid (essential for pregnant women)
• Great source of vitamins A, B, C and K
• Lutein and zeaxanthin (that give kale it’s dark green colour and important in the prevention of macular degeneration)
So, this Halloween, rather than throwing out all of the old, why not embrace a traditional and oh so healthy meal with colcannon.
Well-known TV nutritional expert and Dietician, Aoife Hearne, will be dishing up a fresh look at Ireland’s favourite vegetable as the new Campaign Ambassador for Bord Bia’s ‘Potatoes: More Than A Bit On The Side’ campaign.