Memorial Day is right around the corner! It has me envisioning a warm, sunny day with a huge spread of good food, surrounded by family and friends. It’s a day filled with laughter, spent reminiscing on old memories, making new memories, and reverent observation for those who have fallen fighting for our country (don’t forget to pause at 3 pm local time for the National Moment of Remembrance!). We live in an amazing country! I love the patriotism that surrounds the summer months. I also really love that our country’s idea of celebration always includes food ☺️. Now before you start daydreaming of overdosing on hot dogs and mayo, I have an AMAZING round up of 30 healthy dishes (brought to you by my cool dietitian friends!) you can bring to your Memorial Day party!30 #awesome #healthy recipes by #dietitians for your upcoming #MemorialDay party! Click To Tweet
Quick Moment of Remembrance
Before diving into food, I’d be incredibly ungrateful if I said nothing of the service both of my grandfathers gave for our nation. Fortunately both returned home alive. My grandfather Robert Soule was a decorated fighter and bomber pilot serving for 26 years finally to the rank of a naval commander. He flew over 167 types of aircraft in his career and he was an international test pilot. My grandfather Burnett James, drafted at 18, was a machine gunner throughout WWII. The average life expectancy for machine gunners is estimated to have been between 30 seconds and 15 minutes. He served for 3 years. He was the original Rambo, carrying his machine gun on his hip because he said otherwise he’d get killed. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, crossed the Seigfried Line, and received the French Legion of Honor. My sincerest thank you to those who have died serving, those who have served and those who are currently serving.
Healthy Dishes You Need to Bring to Your Memorial Day Party
Onward we go to 30 healthy dishes you should definitely bring to your Memorial Day party! Enjoy the day with your health in mind. You will love the spin on some of these great American classics – there is some top-notch creativity going on here! And – you won’t believe what the flourless chocolate cake at the end is made out of!Check out these super yummy #healthy #recipes to bring for #MemorialDay! Click To Tweet
Easy Bean Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns by Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Mustard Dill Grilled Chicken by Salubrious RD (Gluten-Free)
Chicken Pesto Kebobs by RDelicious Kitchen (Gluten-Free)
Garlic Herb Steak Salad by KISS In the Kitchen (Gluten-Free)
Sweet Corn & Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus by Create Kids Club (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudités by Amy Gorin, RDN (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)
Cottage Cheese Spinach Dip by Shaw’s Simple Swaps (Vegetarian)
Creamy Spring Pea Guacamole by One Hungry Bunny (Vegetarian)
Breads, Flatbreads and Pizzas
Cool Summer Veggie Pizza by The Every Kitchen (Vegetarian)
Brussels Sprout, Cranberry & Roasted Almond Salad by Create Kids Club (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Melon, Blueberry & Feta Salad by Kim Melton, RD (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)
Cucumber, Tomato and Chickpea Salad by RDelicious Kitchen (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)
Sweet Corn Pasta Salad by To Live and Diet in L.A. (Vegetarian)
Corn and Black Bean Summer Salad by Erica Julson, RDN (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Lightened Up Healthier Potato Salad by Hungry Hobby (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)
Raspberry Fudge Cake by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD (Gluten-Free) – you won’t believe what this flourless chocolate cake is made from!
As always, I hope you’ve found this roundup helpful! Wish you the very best Memorial Day!