Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Thanks to fresh summer produce and grilling, healthy Labor Day recipes are easy. Feed your guests with one of these nutrient-packed recipes this weekend!

Hello holiday weekend! Whether you are spending the long weekend soaking up the last of the summer sunshine at the pool, grilling out with the family before the kids go back to school, or celebrating the start of football season, I have plenty of healthy Labor Day recipes to fit your holiday weekend needs.

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

You don’t need to splurge on junk food just because bikini season has come to an end. Creating a menu of healthy Labor Day recipes for a picnic, party or barbecue is easy since summer menu items typically include grilled meat and seafood, colorful salads, veggie platters and fresh fruit!

 

3 Tips for Creating a Menu of Healthy Labor Day Recipes

  • Think Color! If you think one salad for your Labor Day menu is enough, you’re sadly mistaken. With so much delicious fresh produce available this time of year, make sure your spread includes at least 2-3 salads featuring colorful veggies and fruit.
  • Provide Protein of all Kinds. From meat eaters and pescatarians to vegetarians and vegans, guests at your Labor Day picnic may come with a variety of dietary preferences, so make sure you have plenty of options.
  • Choose Healthy Desserts. Share desserts that feature heart healthy nuts or dried fruit. Better yet, sneak in some veggies like zucchini or carrots! Help guests maintain healthy portion control by making desserts into bite-sized morsels.
  • Make Superfood Cocktails. Blend fresh summer fruit, vegetables and herbs into delicious summertime cocktails. Consider adding the alcohol upon request in the event your guests prefer a virgin cocktail. Try this Summertime Sangria or even a Raw Veggie Bloody Mary for brunch!

 

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Heart Healthy Labor Day Recipes

  • Quinoa Zucchini Burger by Olives and Garlic: Having vegetarians over for your weekend cookout? Bake a batch of these unique veggie burgers packed with protein-rich quinoa and nutrient-dense zucchini!
  • Zucchini Bread Cookie Whoopie Pies by Iowa Girl Eats: Nothing says summer quite like zucchini. Low-fat cream cheese filling is piped between two zucchini oatmeal cookies in this mouthwatering summer treat!
  • Caramelized Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Chili Sauce by Pinch of Yum: If you prefer to cook indoors this holiday weekend, these flavorful pork tacos are just the thing. Layered with spicy pork, sweet pineapple salsa and chipotle mayo, your guests won’t even miss the grill once they bite into one of these tacos!
  • Grilled Halibut Sandwiches with Jalapeno Slaw by Spouted Kitchen: Slaw is a summer staple we can’t leave out for Labor Day. Throw a few fish filets on the grill and top them with a creamy avocado slaw. Need a substitute for halibut? Use salmon instead!
  • BBQ Baked Lentils by The Organic Dietitian: Instead of traditional baked beans, swap out the beans for hearty lentils! Toss everything in the slow cooker the night before your party and have this sticky sweet side dish ready to serve when your guests arrive.
  • Kickin’ Chicken Bites by Julie’s Eats & Treats: Football season starts this weekend and that means chicken wings are officially in season! Wrap these bite-sized chicken pieces in turkey bacon for a heart healthier option. Lightly dust with brown sugar and cayenne pepper, and bake to perfection for an easy football party appetizer.
  • Frozen Rosemary Watermelon-ade by The First Mess: Blend together watermelon, strawberries, lemon and pineapple to create this refreshing drink for a hot summer day! Add a little vodka or rum for a one-of-a-kind “adult-friendly” cocktail.
  • 5 Minute White Peach Margaritas by The Clever Carrot: If watermelon isn’t you thing, how about summer peaches? This margarita features pureed fresh peaches blended with honey and lemon juice. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint.

 

Looking for more heart healthy menu ideas? Check out these Prevention Plates for some well-balanced meal inspiration or these plant-based football party snacks!

healthy Labor Day recipes

 

healthy labor day recipes

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