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A Reminder That We Are (Like) What We Eat
Want to have a long life? Eat long noodles. Planning to push forward into new frontiers this year? Make dinner with an animal that's known for always moving ahead. This line of thinking may sound far-fetched, but consuming foods that have desirable characteristics is something many traditions adhere to, says Nealon. The noodle example is one of the most famous, with this caveat: Slurp them up whole without biting, or they can be unlucky (try this soba recipe, which also includes snap peas and smoked salmon). Shrimp are thought to look like bent-over old men with whiskers, and while achieving that look isn't exactly a lifelong goal of ours, we certainly hope to be celebrating New Year's well into our golden years—and there's no denying the deliciousness of this garlicky shrimp and tomato dish. Finally, pigs can help you achieve your dreams (really!). These animals root for food in a forward-moving direction, unlike unlucky turkeys and lobsters, which tend to scoot backward as they feed. Can skillet pork chops and apples help you get ahead in life? Here's hoping.