From hamburgers to potato salad, lemonades, and ice cream desserts, there’s no better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend than with a BBQ.
Whether you’re enjoying a small gathering or a larger cookout, here are some quick and easy ways to add nutritious foods to any meal alongside your favorite BBQ classics.
Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend with these delicious entrees and sides.
Three Bean Salad – Beans pack a punch in terms of providing protein, fiber, and antioxidants. One cup of chickpeas in this recipe contains about 39 grams of protein and 35 grams of fiber, the perfect combination to keep you satiated and your blood sugar stable so that you have the fuel and energy to enjoy whatever activities you have planned!
Healthy Corn Dip – Corn contains various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including carotenoids. Carotenoids are found in yellow and red fruits and vegetables and have strong antioxidant properties—some have even been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers! Try this sweet and spicy twist on a traditional salsa, and pair it with cut-up carrots, cucumber, or your favorite tortilla chips.
Fruit Kabob – Stay hydrated with this easy fruit kabob. Watermelon contains up to 92% water and is a tasty way to stay hydrated in addition to boosting your overall water intake.
Zucchini Burgers – One of the best parts of summer is being able to fire up the grill! Start the summer by adding seasonal vegetables, like zucchini, to your BBQ. Zucchini is an excellent source of folate, potassium, and vitamin A.
Happy Memorial Day!
Kerri Axelrod, Dietetic Intern