Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

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Break out the grill – it’s that time of year again! Memorial Day will soon be upon us, bringing with it all the associated cookouts and celebrations. While these holiday festivities are a great way to spend a spring afternoon, they’re not exactly known for being super-healthy. But just because you’re headed to a cookout doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a health-conscious menu! Here, we’ve collected a couple of easy, grill-friendly recipes as delicious as they are nutritious.

Grilled Chipotle Cilantro Turkey Burgers

 

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Nothing sounds (or smells!) better than a burger during a cookout. But beef patties can be so greasy, and their frozen veggie alternatives can be a little lackluster. This recipe captures the best of both worlds. Lean ground turkey means a lower calorie count, and a unique blend of seasonings keeps things zesty and delicious.

 

Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Spinach

 

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Making your own salad dressing is a great way to cut back on calories and nasty additives. This easy recipe brightens up your everyday spinach salad with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette and seasonal strawberries. Top it off with chicken straight from the grill for a nutritious and protein-packed entrée.

 

Superfood Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

 

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Looking for a comfort food that won’t leave you feeling weighed down during the afternoon’s festivities? Check out this recipe for vegan mac n’ cheese made with a carrot and potato blend that flawlessly fakes a gooey, cheesy texture.

 

Blueberry Mint Fizz

 

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As the sun sets on your holiday celebration, bring out these refreshing cocktails to whet guests’ thirst. A cooling mixture of blueberry and mint is perfect for post-sunny-day relaxation.

Vegan, Gluten-Free Swedish Apple Pie

 

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What’s a party without pie? This recipe avoids gluten, dairy, and eggs for a healthier spin on an after-dinner classic. Click through for a vanilla sauce recipe that takes the decadence up a notch.