Cheers to the three day weekend! Nothing is better than getting to spend an extra day resting, relaxing, and having fun with family and friends. If you’re grilling and celebrating the end of summer on Monday, we’ve got some healthy ideas for you to cook up for your Labor Day festivities. Here are some appetizers, main courses, sides, and desserts for you to try!
Snacks and Appetizers
Hummus and guacamole
For yummy and healthy dip options for before your meal, try hummus, which is packed with plant-based protein, and guacamole, which is packed with heart healthy fats. Enjoy them with veggies and baked chips!
Toast up some whole grain toast, and top it with organic goat cheese, chopped heirloom tomatoes, and basil. Use up those tomatoes while they’re in season for a perfect late summer appetizer.
Veggie black bean burger
Whether you’re vegetarian or not, these veggie burgers are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Grill up your favorite black bean burger patties, or make your own, and serve them on whole grain buns with avocado, greens, and roasted tomatoes.
Chicken, fish, and veggie kabobs
For a delicious and healthy meal on the grill, try grilling up lean protein, such as fish or chicken kabobs, with veggies like zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms. Before grilling your kabobs, marinate them with olive oil, fresh lemon, and your favorite spices.
Everyone loves corn on the cob, especially when its a little charred from the grill. Brush your corn with olive oil and salt, and serve with cilantro and lime. Sprinkle your corn with a little cotija cheese for some extra flare.
Make up a side of tabouleh by cooking bulgur, and mixing it with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley and mint. Mix with a little olive oil and lemon for a fresh and light grain side salad.
Try raspberry sorbet for dessert for a fruity, summery dessert. Sorbet can be a great alternative to ice cream, as it is dairy free and great for those with dairy sensitivities, and has a lot less fat. Serve the sorbet with blueberries for a festive treat.
Peach yogurt crumble
For a more nutritious version of a crumble, try serving grilled or stewed summer peaches over Greek yogurt, with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of low sugar, toasted granola. It’s like peaches and cream, but healthier and just as delicious!
Author: Maggie Harriman