Memorial Day, the Healthy Way

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of BBQ season. Out come the grills for sizzling steaks, juicy burgers, and plump all-beef franks–but what if you’re trying to eat healthier this holiday?

Whether you’re getting ready for bikini season or have vegetarian guests, your Memorial Day menu doesn’t have to be a bore. Here’s a guide to a Memorial Day meal that’s delicious and good for you, too!

 

APPETIZERS
Munch on these light bites while you’re firing up the grill.

Martha Stewart’s Spinach-Artichoke Dip goes great with raw bell peppers, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.

These zucchini nachos are just as Delish as the classic kind. With pico de gallo and avocado, they’ll be a hit with your friends who chug green smoothies.

Heat things up with these Grilled Moroccan Vegetable Skewers. The marinade is full of spices that’ll give your vegetables rich flavor!

Grilled Moroccan Vegetables

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MAINS
Missing the “traditional” BBQ foods? Give these tasty alternatives a try.

If you love McDonald’s crispy chicken, The Sweetest Vegan serves up a scrumptious substitute.

Vegan doesn’t have to mean tasteless. VICE’s MUNCHIES shares their tips for a mouthwatering Vegan Pulled BBQ Mushroom Sandwich.

A Soulful Twist’s Black Bean Burgers are so good her family can’t tell the difference. Fool your friends this Memorial Day with her recipe.

Vegan & Vegetarian BBQ Recipes

SIDES
What’s a cookout without potato salad?

Here’s a lighter version from No Gojis, No Glory–plus other savory sides.

Erika of Southern Souflee’s Watermelon and Arugula Salad is a light, crunchy addition to any cookout.

Throw some corn on the grill to add a juicy crunch to your meal. A Food Centric’s herb butter kicks up the flavor.

DESSERTS
Have all the fun without all of the guilt with these decadent desserts!

Vegan peach cobbler will add a sweet touch–The Southern Vegan’s recipe is simple and light.

Pipernilli’s Cashmere Drop Sweet Potato cookies are not only delicious, they’re vegan too! S.R. Davis’ soft, moist goodies are a twist on the traditional cookie.

Cashmere Drops: our signature, organic sweet-potato #cookie made with premium spices. #vegan

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After experimenting with fruits and veggies in her kitchen, the couture cookie and sweets company’s founder discovered that her treats were the perfect size for snacking. Her organic and fair trade ingredients are delivered weekly in Pipernilli’s signature biodegradable and recycled packaging–but with their cookie mix, you can make your own at home. Order yours at pipernilli.com

These Mojito Popsicles are just for the adults. At just 30 calories, they’re packed with mint, lemon, and lime for a refreshing treat.

Fire up the grill and have your healthiest Memorial Day yet!

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Tiffani

Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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1 Comment

  1. May 29, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Just asked about veggie grill ideas. Thank you. This is great

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