If you’re entertaining this long weekend, then healthy Labor Day recipes can be a great way to stay on track. Of course, it’s important to keep fun and flavor in mind, too. After all, setting out a giant bowl of carrot sticks may seem great for your waistline, but it may be the last time people agree to attend one of your parties!
Instead, whether you are having a small family gathering or a large celebration with all your friends, focus on picking the best healthy Labor Day recipes. This will keep everyone happy – including your efforts to stay healthy!
The great thing about choosing truly great healthy Labor Day recipes is that they’re often eco-friendly, too. This can help to make a great clean theme for your party, including a low carbon footprint and a high nutrition balance.
Consider the following tasty options for your celebration:
Party-stopping guacamole – Everyone loves guac but when it’s made properly it not only tastes great but it also packs a nutrient punch. Combine 3 mashed Hass avocados with 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 small chopped onion, juice of 1 to 2 limes, 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro, and ½ teaspoon of cumin. It’s fresh, quick to make and tastes incredible with fresh raw veggies or homemade tortilla chips.
Feta and watermelon salad – No sendoff to summer is complete without the inclusion of watermelon. It’s refreshing and nutritious. Give it an unexpected twist by combining 6 cups of chopped watermelon, 5-6 ounces of crumbled feta cheese, ½ cup fresh mint (chopped finely), a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a dash of black pepper.
Juicy herb and cranberry turkey burgers – there won’t be anyone rolling their eyes at nutritious burgers after they try these flavorful options that are bursting with vitamins and minerals. Prepare ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of whole wheat couscous, mix with 1 pound lean ground turkey, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 small onion (chopped), 1 stalk of celery (chopped), 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh sage, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, ¼ cup dried cranberries, ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Form into 6 patties and grill or cook on your stovetop.
With recipes like these, you’ll not only feel great about what you’re eating and serving, but you’ll love the taste, too. The great news is that none of your guests will ever know that they’re doing something healthful for themselves simply by attending!
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