May 26, 2019 | Abby Caviness
Memorial Day is tomorrow, so it is time to break out the grill and start setting up for your annual get-together with family and friends! If you are looking to spice up your regular barbeque, USHEALTH Group® wants to help you with these fun and healthy Memorial Day recipes. In fact, just by modifying your typical menu items to make them better for you, your friends will notice your effort and appreciate the healthy options you provide them.*
While your burgers and hotdogs are still on the grill, whip up a few of these healthy chip and dip recipes to get the party started. For example, try the skinny guacamole with homemade tortilla chips or creamy edamame hummus with pita chips. They will keep your guests satisfied while waiting for the big meal you have planned for them.
Take your regular burgers to the gourmet level by going Greek! Instead of the typical iceberg lettuce, cheddar cheese and mayo, sub those with these healthy alternatives that taste even better. While spinach and feta are ingredients you have probably had before, you may be unsure about tzatziki. This sauce is basically just yogurt and herbs—think of it as just a fancy veggie dip! By adding these interesting new ingredients, your guests will be impressed by your effort to serve them something unique.
For your guests who love seafood, try out these pesto shrimp skewers, which are sure to satisfy their cravings. They are easy to assemble and throw on the grill with the rest of your grilled options. In addition, the health benefits of shrimp make this recipe one to beat for being delicious and good for you! So, take the little bit of extra time to add these skewers to the lineup and get your friends excited to spend time together.\
This roasted asparagus recipe is the perfect sidekick to complement your turkey burgers and shrimp skewers. The crisp asparagus paired with creamy feta cheese and crunchy pistachios make for a delicious and healthy addition to your meal. So, skip out on the baked potatoes loaded with bacon, cheese, and sour cream, and try this healthy alternative instead!
Finish off your delicious meal with the perfect ending—dessert! This red, white and blueberry trifle is perfect for matching the theme of Memorial Day and satisfying your sweet tooth in a healthy way. In fact, aside from the cake, this dessert stays on the healthy side with piles of blueberries and strawberries. So, you can feel a little less guilty adding a few extra scoops to your plate at the end of the day!
Memorial Day does not have to be a day when you pig out and set your health journey back a few steps. Making modifications to your typical meals can make all the difference and these recipes do just that! By replacing beef with turkey for your Greek turkey burgers and substituting your unhealthy sides with veggies like the roasted asparagus, you are staying on track and still enjoying yourself. It just goes to show, being healthy does not have to be boring!
*This material is provided by USHEALTH Group for informational/educational purposes only and should not replace medical/clinical advice or direction from your health care provider.
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- Meyer, Hilary, “Greek Turkey Burgers with Spinach, Feta & Tzatziki,” EatingWell.com, published February 2018, http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/262569/greek-turkey-burgers-with-spinach-feta-tzatziki/
- Delish, “Pesto Shrimp Skewers,” Delish.com, published August 27, 2015, https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a43681/pesto-shrimp-skewers-recipe/
- Miller, Emily, “Roasted Asparagus Recipe with Feta and Pistachios,” DailyBurn.com, published April 26, 2015, http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/roasted-asparagus-recipe-feta-pistachios/
- Homolka, Gina, “Red, White and Blueberry Trifle,” SkinnyTaste.com, June 27, 2015, https://www.skinnytaste.com/red-white-and-blueberry-trifle/