15 Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

The unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day Weekend is usually food and booze filled. It’s easy to give in to tradition and indulge in calorie-heavy favorites like cheeseburgers, heavy pasta salads or sugary desserts. But there are plenty of ways to lighten up your menu without sacrificing flavor.

Whether you’re hosting your own BBQ or contributing to a potluck party, I've got a handful a of recipes that will slim down the festivities while still keeping your tummy and taste buds happy.

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

A healthier version of my favorite guilty pleasure dip. Get the recipe.

Healthier Seven Layer Dip

A lighter version of the classic seven-layer dip, that is heavy on fresh veggies, and uses nonfat refried beans and low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream. Get the recipe.

Chunky Rainbow Salsa

It’s easy to “eat the rainbow” with this vibrantly colored salsa made with tomato, mango, avocado and bell peppers. Get the recipe.

Bell Pepper Nachos

Cut the carbs (chips) and still enjoy this classic appetizer treat! Get the recipe.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

It’s loaded with grilled chicken and onions and corn and other veggies that make summer awesome. What are you waiting for? Get the recipe.

BBQ Spaghetti Squash Sliders

This amazing veggie can do more than stand in for carby pasta; in this recipe for Barbecue Spaghetti Squash Sliders, this multipurpose veggie takes the place of shredded pork! Get the recipe.

Mango Chicken Skewers

Fresh mango pairs extremely well with proteins like fish and poultry, allowing the sweet, sharp flavor of the fruit to coalesce with the gentle gaminess of the protein. Get the recipe.

Grilled Watermelon Wedges

Fire up the BBQ, throw some wedges of watermelon on the grill! Cooking it this way enhances its sweetness and adds a touch of smoky flavor. Get the recipe.

Grilled Pork Chops

Pork chops taste delicious with all sorts of fruits. This flavorful peach and jalapeño salsa makes a superb summertime topping! Get the recipe.

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Now is a perfect time to step up your burger game and try something totally different. These turkey burgers topped with crisp veggies and a tangy yogurt sauce are an exciting upgrade from the average burger patty. Get the recipe.

Ginger Soy Flank Steak

Use this simple recipe that combines ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and honey to create an umami sauce that gives lean flank steak a richer flavor and makes the meat more tender. Get the recipe.

Rose Sangria

Booze that's 21 Day Fix approved?! Yes way, Rosé! Get the recipe.

Fruit Champagne Punch

Nothing says “it’s a party!” like a bottle of fizzy, bubbly champagne. But if you want to kick things up a notch, try this Fruity Champagne Punch. Get the recipe.

Cafe Late Coconut Popsicles

These Café Latte-flavored coconut popsicles are drizzled in a decadent chocolate topping that hardens in the freezer, but melts in your mouth. Get the recipe.

Frozen Banana Pops

These frozen bananas covered in chocolate and peanut butter with crunchy pistachios taste just like eating dessert. Get the recipe.


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