For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the “unofficial start of summer” – three months of beach days and barbecues. With that comes a lot of ice cream, hot dogs and sugary drinks. Rather than throwing caution to the wind and figuring you’ll read a bunch of detox articles on Tuesday, why not stay ahead of the game? There are plenty of ways to keep your long weekend healthy and still fun!
First, Plan ahead. Don’t find yourself days away from the big weekend with a ton of stuff to do! Disorganization can lead to you in the grocery store at the last minute stocking up on chips and soda. Take a little time to plan your menu, write a shopping list, see what errands you can combine and shop ahead of time.
Ditch the margaritas for a drink with serious health benefits! The Healthy Zesty Martini is a delicious drink that will soothe your tummy and lift your mood without the booze! The best part is, it’s alcohol-free so it’s the perfect refreshing drink for the whole family. Grab the full recipe here.
Swap out heavy macaroni and potato salads with lighter, healthier options. And substitute the fattening hamburgers and hot dogs for some lean, palate-pleasing alternatives. Having plenty of light, veggie-friendly options will keep people from overindulging on meats and desserts and leave everyone feeling great even after you eat!
This refreshing jicama and carrot slaw recipe is fantastic served as a side dish or pile high on fish tacos. It’s perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party, too!
A sweet, tangy and nutty whole wheat couscous recipe with nectarine and toasted almonds can be whipped up in only 10 minutes.
Kick up your barbecue or your Father’s Day menu with these amazing lean hamburger sliders that are topped with a hot sauce slaw.
This easy grilled salmon in foil recipe, with the flavors of soy sauce and ginger, requires virtually no clean-up! That’s right. Just place the salmon in a double layer of foil, pour over a simple soy sauce (or tamari) mixture. Serve with ginger, garlic and green onions, and slide it onto the grill. It can be served hot or at room temperature.
Take your backyard barbecue from good to great with these tender and tasty Grilled Maple Dijon and Chili Chicken Drumsticks. Plus, they’re healthier than most drumstick recipes out there!
Succulent grilled pork chops make a perfect Memorial Day BBQ addition. This is a foolproof recipe for the most delicious, tender grilled pork chops around. Balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and dijon mustard give the chops incredible flavor. If you’re tired of burgers, this recipe will get you out of that bbq slump.
This healthy broccoli salad recipe contains quite a few detoxifying ingredients. Broccoli, shallot, olive oil and almonds combine with some Greek flavors to create a simple side salad.
Or try some grilled pineapple. Recipe here!
Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend and the start to a healthy, fun summer!