4 Tasty and Healthy Memorial Day Recipes
Bring Great Tasting and Healthy Recipes to Your Next BBQ
Memorial Day is holiday that is observed around the country with gatherings of friends and family. And with BBQ’s, picnics, and parties on the agenda, there is no doubt that plenty of food and snacks will be consumed on this favorite summer holiday. Unfortunately, what’s also on the agenda is a lot of unhealthy eating. More and more we are finding that modern eating habits and diets are the cause of many illnesses. Not only have poor diets been linked as the cause of many deaths, but it’s now also found that a poor diet is tied to 5% of all cancer diagnosis.
And Memorial Day isn’t to blame, the pattern of unhealthy eating habits has only been progressing. However, you can still enjoy your Memorial Day celebrations, and many other family gatherings, by making a few easy swaps.
Make Your Own Dips
Store bought dips are notorious for being high in unhealthy fats, artificial ingredients and preservatives. You can quickly make your own dips at home using whole foods and quality ingredients. Try this Saveur Foods Pumpkin Hummus with some chopped up veggies.
Add some seafood to the grill
Although a great source of protein, red meat is also high in fat; especially saturated fat. Plus, studies have linked red meat consumption to high levels of chemicals associated with heart disease. Opt for some lean protein such as fish. Shrimp is protein-rich easy swap for a healthier grilling dish. Try Saveur Foods Prawns on the Barbie!
ditch the Chips for Roasted Veggies
Chips are a party favorite because they’re hassle free and satisfying. But even more satisfying, and with only a little work, you can treat everyone to tasty roasted vegetables that are rich in flavor and nutrients! Swap a bag of chips for some Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts.
swap Ice Cream for Frozen Banana Pops
Ice cream, although delicious, is loaded with sugar. Plus, dairy doesn’t always agree with a lot of individuals. An equally tasty and healthier swap is frozen bananas dipped in dark chocolate. Bananas are a great source of nutrients and dark chocolate is an antioxidant gold mine. Try these Chocolate Covered Banana Pops from Food Network Chef, Ellie Krieger.
Remember that you can always make great meals to fit your healthy lifestyle needs and nourish your body; not harm it. Try any or all of these recipes this Memorial Day and for any other gathering!