Good food can satisfy the soul, bond people together, and sometimes even bring a little bit of luck. If you live in the South, you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s. If it’s your birthday in China, you slurp a looong noodle for luck throughout the year. But what about on game day?
Can you eat your favorite team to victory in the big game? It can’t hurt to try! Help your team take home the trophy. Serve these six foods that bring good luck at your next tailgate or game day party!
- Green Veggies
The color green has long symbolized good luck. Just consider St. Patrick’s Day, the luckiest holiday! If you aren’t enthusiastic about eating a big spinach salad on game day, don’t worry—there are plenty of other ways to incorporate greens into your game day feast.
Whip up some Southern-style collard greens, make fried green tomato sandwiches, or sneak a few celery sticks in with your buffalo wings. Fried pickles are also an excellent snack for sports.
Another Southern culinary staple, cornbread is typically eaten as a good luck charm at the start of the New Year thanks to its gold color. Some people even mix in corn kernels to symbolize golden nuggets. Though the big trophy is actually silver, we know you’ll take all the luck you can get!
The Greeks understood the power of pomegranate. You can find references to the pomegranate throughout ancient Greek mythology. A symbol of good luck, youth, and abundance, pomegranate is the perfect lucky food to incorporate into your tailgate. If you don’t feel like eating the fruit itself, try pomegranate juice or a pomegranate margarita. Give your team some good luck juice so they can sweat it out on the field and score an abundance of points!
Many people consider pork to be one of the luckiest foods for a few reasons. Have you ever noticed how pigs constantly “root forward” with their snouts? This behavior symbolizes progress—and on game day, that progress is measured in yards! Luckily, there are lots of different ways to prepare pork for hungry football fans, from pulled pork sandwiches to BBQ pork chops. Chow down on this good luck food while your favorite team tosses the pigskin around!
In Italy, lentils are the ultimate good luck food. Because they look like coins, lentils are thought to bring both good fortune and prosperity. Lentils may not sound very tasty, but hear us out. They’re an excellent source of fiber and are rich in complex carbohydrates. That means eating lentils can do more than help your team win the big game. Eating lentils could also help boost your metabolism and reduce cholesterol levels. Talk about a win-win! Lentils are often served as side dishes with pork—another double whammy of good luck.
Football fans with a sweet tooth: don’t worry! There’s a lucky food for you, too! Did you know that round baked goods are a symbol of good luck? They’re thought to bring good fortune full circle, right to the person eating the sweet treat. Bake a round Bundt cake (or grab a dozen donuts!) and eat up. It’s for the good of your favorite team, after all!
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