Memorial Day is right around the corner. If you’re like most people, you’re going to be surrounded by more food than usual. Have no fear- you can enjoy the long weekend without giving up on your health and fitness goals. Try some of these tips to create your own tasty Memorial Day celebration.
Start with salad
Make a refreshing salad to sit at the beginning of your buffet line. Remember that it’s getting hot out, so fresh leafy greens, raw veggies and chopped fruit like berries and pineapples make a great treat!
Swap some chips for crudité
You don’t have to leave out all the chips, but you can cut back and add some fresh veggies like celery, baby carrots, broccoli and cherry tomatoes instead. Serve some hummus or guacamole on the side, both of which can be used for chips or veggies.
Skip the heavy sauces and dressings
Some barbecue and cookout sides are loaded with heavy condiments like mayo, but you can make them lighter, healthier and just as flavorful without all the added calories. You can do a lot by just adding herbs and spices! Try this mayo-free coleslaw recipe or this Moroccan potato salad recipe.
Swap burgers for steak
Instead of burgers, you can serve lean strips of steak with grilled vegetables. Grilled zucchini squash, carrots, bell peppers and asparagus are delicious sides. Alternatively, you could serve bunless burgers by offering lettuce wraps or mushroom buns. There’s always a way to add in more veggies!
Switch your spud
Instead of regular potatoes, offer your guests sweet potatoes. To make things a little more fun, you can set up a sweet potato bar where people can add their own toppings. Fresh cut bacon, chives and Greek yogurt instead of sour cream are just a few toppings to choose from.
Plain water is great, but infused water is even better! Try soaking anything from cucumber, lime, lemon, orange, pineapple or strawberry slices in ice water a few hours before your celebration. Infused water tastes great, looks beautiful and is so easy to make.
Don’t fear dessert
Skip the heavy cakes and cookies and stick with fruit. Grilled pineapple, peach and plum slices are amazing. You could also make or purchase fruit-based popsicles.
Remember that the holidays are a time to enjoy and spend with friends and family. Don’t let food-related worries keep you from that. Fill your plate with more fruits and vegetables, stay hydrated and relax!