Five Lucky New Year’s Foods: Want Good Luck In 2015? Try These Foods And Hope For The Best

Lucky New Year’s foods are a tradition in many homes, with foods like lentils, grapes, doughnuts, ham, and a dish known as Hoppin’ John served on New Year’s Day. Whether the five foods listed below will bring you luck in 2015 is unknown, but it’s worth trying a few of them if you could use a little prosperity and good health in the coming year.

After you’ve celebrated with a glass or three of champagne and watched the Times Square Ball drop on New Year’s Eve, chances are you will be hungry. Put one or more of these foods on your plate and perhaps luck will come your way. At the very least, you’ll have a full stomach to stave off that post-holiday hangover.

Pigs apparently bring good luck, so you may want to put a honey-glazed baked ham on the New Year’s Day dinner table. Martha Stewart writes that ham is usually served to “bring a New Year rich with happiness” because of its fat content, but if you’re not a fan, trying eating greens instead. Greens, like lettuce, spinach, or kale, are said to resemble money — and they taste better, too.

Put some circular foods on your plate to bring good luck. Depending on what you eat, you may also end up with a stomach ache. A sugary doughnut covered in chocolate frosting and sprinkles may sound good, but perhaps a bagel or even an orange will treat your tummy a little better — especially if you polished off a few too many cocktails on New Year’s Eve.

Eating 12 grapes at midnight may bring you luck in the new year, but gulping them down may be a little difficult if you’re also toasting with champagne or kissing your better half when the clock strikes 12. Bon Appetit states that 12 grapes represent the 12 months of the year, but this sounds like a difficult feat unless you find some very tiny grapes.

How about some Hoppin’ John to kick off 2015? The Los Angeles Times reports that the ingredients in this popular New Year’s recipe represent money, something everyone except Donald Trump could probably use more of year ’round. Made with black-eyed peas that supposedly resemble coins and collard greens that symbolize money, this dish may be worth preparing if you love comfort food and are hoping for a prosperous 2015.

Put lentils on your New Year’s Day menu not only because they are good for you, but because they’re said to bring good luck.

The Mother Nature Network states, “When cooked, lentils plump with water, symbolizing growing wealth.”

Will you make some of these lucky New Year’s foods after you ring in 2015, or will you just catch up on some sleep?

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