Remake Memorial Day! Healthy Cookout and Picnic Recipes

Red, White and Blue Picnic Table SettingKicking off summer with a food-filled celebration? It’s easy to give in to tradition and indulge in unhealthy barbeque favorites like cheeseburgers, heavy mayonnaise-laden salads, and sugary desserts. There are plenty of ways to lighten up your menu without sacrificing flavor, though. Whether you’re hosting your own feast or contributing to a potluck party, here are a few ideas to slim down your Memorial Day menu, while keeping the offerings traditional and delicious.

Burgers are a must at any cookout, but they don’t have to be greasy and full of fat. This year try this healthy twist: http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/black-bean-burger/

Maybe a picnic is more your style; if so, the perfect take-along protein is fried chicken, right? Unfortunately, anything fried is not usually one’s healthiest choice. Try this remake for a delicious option: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/oven_fried_chicken.html

With your healthy main dishes ready, it’s time to think about a yummy side dish, and nothing says picnic or cookout than creamy potato salad. This particular dish is usually full of mayo, but this recipe keeps it tangy and low fat: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-potato-salad-0

Asparagus is the quintessential summer veggie, and grilling it is a fabulous and healthy way to showcase it’s wonderful earthy flavor. It’s easy! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17445/grilled-asparagus/

Finally, what’s a celebration without a luscious, decadent dessert? Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to give up all sweets. Here are a couple of fantastic dessert ideas. First this delicious cobbler will leave you satisfied: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/peach_blueberry_cobbler.html

Second, traditional no-bake cookies are rich, chocolatey, and sweet, but these small drop cookies have healthy oatmeal, peanut butter, and cocoa, so eaten in moderation they are still a good option for a sweet treat: http://www.tasteofhomecanada.com/recipes/desserts/no-bake-%E2%80%A8peanut-butter-%E2%80%A8chocolate-drops/

Dr. Heidi Ryan and her team wish you and your loved ones a fun, safe, and healthy memorial day weekend! If you live in the Las Vegas area and are considering bariatric surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan. She can help you find the right treatment option for your situation.

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