6 Lucky Foods to Eat for New Year's

For many Americans, January 1st offers an opportunity to forget the past and make a clean start. Often represented by promises and resolutions, this year, instead of leaving everything up to fate, why not give yourself a fighting chance with a meal enriched with good fortune?  There are many foods that are believed to be lucky and to improve the odds that next year will be better than the last.  Traditions also vary from culture to culture, but there are some interesting similarities in what's consumed in throughout the world, in relation to good luck/good fortune.

There are six major categories of "Lucky foods," grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes.  Here is our list of the foods people traditionally eat for luck on New Year's Eve, that are believed to bring a year of prosperity and good health.

Fruit: Grapes
On New Year's Eve, Mexicans pop a grape for each stroke of midnight, with each representing a page of the calendar ahead. If one is bitter, watch out for that month!

Supposedly greens are eaten on New Year's Eve because they resemble money. Try this Bruschetta with Swiss Chard, Pine Nuts and Currants recipe

Bruschetta with Swiss Chard, Pine Nuts and Currants

Beans, like greens, resemble money; more specifically, they symbolize coins. Whether you choose black beans, lentils, or black-eyes peas, healthy fiber-filled beans will help soak up that champagne. Try: Blackeyed Pea Salsa Fresca
Blackeyed Pea Salsa Fresca

Noodles and Grains
Noodles are symbols of long life, and grains like rice, quinoa, and barley stand for abundance. Slurp the noodles whole for even more luck. Try: Noodle Pancake with Seafood Sauce

Pigs are a lucky symbol because they root forward, and are rotund. Traditionally, in the American South, pork, beans, and greens are combined in a dish called Hoppin' John for New Year's Eve. Try: Citrus Barbecue Pork Chops

Ring shaped cakes—sometimes with trinkets baked inside—are a symbol of coming full circle. Indulge a little with the delicious chocolate recipe below. Try: Ginger Cake with Apricot Sticky Sauce
Ginger Cake with Apricot Sticky Sauce


We can't forget about Chinese New Year, here are some lucky Chinese foods and what they symbolize for CNY.

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