Summertime always seems to be over just as quickly as it begins. Labor Day is the perfect time to enjoy one last warm weather filled weekend before summer comes to an end. This year, we’re taking traditional must haves to their healthiest version. Let’s fire up the grill and send summer out in style with these crowd pleasing, guilt free recipes!
Not only are they delicious, they’re leaner, and lower in calories, fat and sodium than your traditional beef patties – and so flavorful, the kids won’t even know it’s better for them!
-1 lb ground turkey
-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (replaces bread crumbs)
-3 tbsp red onion, minced
-3 garlic cloves, minced
-2 tbsp olive oil
-black pepper and sea salt to taste
Mix & shape into four patties, grilling until slightly brown.
Sweet Potato Fries:
What goes better with a burger than a nice side of french fries? This simple recipe can be served all year round and is an all time favorite!
-sea salt, black pepper, oregano to season
Cut sweet potatoes into wedges, half inch wide.
Toss into ziplock bag with olive oil and let sit for five minutes.
Place wedges evenly on greased baking sheet.
Season with sea salt, pepper, oregano (and any other spices you may prefer).
Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Coleslaw. You either love it or you hate it! But, what would a BBQ be without it? It’s time to take this traditional recipe the healthy route.
-12 oz shredded cabbage (or 1 bag coleslaw blend if you’re in a rush)
-1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-2 tbsp sugar
-1 tsp sea salt
-1/2 tsp black pepper
Mix yogurt, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar until combined.
Place slaw mix in large bowl and add yogurt mix.
Cover and chill for at least an hour (a day or so is best).
A very healthy yet commonly overlooked BBQ addition. Grilled zucchini and asparagus are always a hit!
-Vegetables of your preference
-Pepper and sea salt to taste
Place cut and washed vegetables in plastic ziplock with olive oil, garlic, and spices.
Allow to soak for 5-10 minutes.
Grill veggies to liking.
* It helps to cut the vegetables thicker in size to prevent falling through *
Junk food, you’re sitting the bench. Fruit, you’re up! What’s more refreshing than fresh fruit drizzled with chocolate? You can use just about any fruit to do this, but if you’re sticking to the Labor Day Weekend theme – strawberries, bananas, and blueberries are perfect!
-11 long kabob sticks
Cut bananas in to inch wide pieces.
Cut strawberries in half.
On the first 5 kabobs place 5 blueberries on top, followed by alternating bananas and strawberries.
Repeat for next 4 kabobs.
For the remaining 7 sticks, alternate strawberries and bananas.
Line up evenly in serving platter and it will resemble a United States flag!
Melt bakers chocolate for dipping on the side OR drizzle the melted chocolate across the fruit.
Let’s be honest, we saved the best for last. What kind of BBQ would it be without these delicious AND low-cal adult beverages?!
-1 cup fruit of choice cut into bite sized pieces (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes are my personal favorites)
-1 cup peach vodka (or any flavor to your liking)
-1 cup seltzer
-a bottle of your favorite wine (red or white will work)
Cut fruit pieces.
Mix vodka and wine together in a pitcher. Stir well, then add fruit.
Allow mixture to chill.
Add seltzer and mix again before serving.
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Ally is the founder of Her Healthy Balance, a website designed for fitness enthusiasts looking to maintain health, happiness, and balance through every day life. She is currently enrolled with NASM, completing her Nutrition Specialist Certification. Connect with Ally (and her beautiful healthy pics) on Instagram & Facebook!
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