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Start the New Year out with some healthy good luck foods

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Was your 2013 not as great as you had hoped? If you want to start off the New Year with a little good luck, try some healthy traditional "good luck" foods.

It's believed certain foods eaten on New Year's Day will bring you good luck. Good luck or not, these foods are actually very healthy, so it can't hurt eat them anyway. Here’s a list of some traditional New Year’s foods.

Black-Eyed Peas
Black-eyed peas are believed to bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens. They’re a common good luck food in the south of the US. They can be served plain or mixed into recipes. Here are a few: Hoppin' John; Black-Eyed peas with ginger; or Black-Eyed pea salad.

In Germany, Ireland, and parts of the United States, cabbage is associated with luck and fortune since it is green and resembles money. It can be eaten raw in slaw or steamed. Here are some recipes: Sweet and Sour Cabbage; Braised Cabbage & Sausage; and Cabbage Carrot Salad.

Thought to resemble coins, lentils are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the New Year. Try these recipes: BBQ Lentils; Lentil Soup; and Lentil Salad.

Long associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates are eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the New Year. Try these recipes: Pomegranate Yogurt Dip; Pomegranate Shrimp Salad; or Pomegranate Margaritas.

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. Try these recipes: Smoked Salmon Mousse ; Spicy Baked Cod Filets; and Bermuda Fish Chowder.

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. Try these recipes: Chinese Noodle Pancakes; Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad; and Asian Noodle Toss.



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