Healthy Memorial Day Snacks

Got any Memorial Day plans?

We’re having family over and I can’t wait.

Especially, after the last few years we’ve had.

Spending time with family is more important than ever.

But I have to admit…

Last year, I “maxed” out my grill.

What I mean is… I made pizza, burgers, sausage, hotdogs and more.

It was awesome.

What was not awesome was being sidelined the rest of the day from a massive stomach ache.

And my morning walk the next couple of days was not the best either.

Got me thinking… there’s got to be a way to have my cake and eat it too.

I did some digging online… and I found some healthy Memorial Day recipes that everyone will love to eat!

Let me share my favorites with you:

Pesto Potato Salad
Classic potato salad can be pretty heavy. And it’s not very healthy. But this recipe I found sounds delicious & is still good for you too. All you do is boil some red potatoes with basil pesto sauce. Then throw in some chopped red and yellow peppers to add some color and a nice crunch.

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables
This one doesn’t really have to replace anything. I just think they’re a great addition to your spread. Because it makes veggies delicious. Here’s what I do. Take whatever veggie you want — I like zucchini and asparagus. Throw ‘em on a baking pan, drizzle balsamic vinegar over them. Then sprinkle ‘em with some garlic salt. Cook at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. And you’re done.

Black Bean Burgers
I love beef as much as the next guy, but after 2 burgers I start to feel “sludgy.” Black bean burgers are a great, healthy alternative. And they taste great! Yes, they do. Problem is most folks don’t season them. I don’t know why, but they don’t. So add a little seasoning to “beef” them up and dig in.

Oven “Fried” Chicken
I love fried chicken. It’s my favorite. This healthier approach uses cornflakes as the breading. And instead of deep frying… you bake them in the oven. They taste so good. And I have no guilt going back for seconds. I'm so glad I found this one!

Chocolate Chip Sandwiches
There is no way I’m forgetting dessert. For these treats, use low-fat wafers & fat-free frozen yogurt. Make sure to add a few chocolate chips to the yogurt. Throw your sandwiches together and let them set in the freezer for 30 minutes — and you’re done!

These are just a few of the great recipes I found out there. Adding even 2 or 3 of these recipes to your BBQ this weekend will really help your health.

But before you dig in…

Do me a favor and pray for the heroes that sacrificed everything for us. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t even have a country to celebrate in.

Taking a long weekend to think of them is the least we could do. If you ask me. So take at least a few minutes (or more) and give thanks to those who have paid the ultimate price.

Have a blessed & healthy Memorial Day Weekend.

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